Sarah’s top tips for freshers’

Aberystwyth from constiCONGRATULATIONS! You have made it back to Aber for another year. For those of you who are just arriving for freshers, you will have a brilliant time over the coming year. For those of you, like me, that are coming back for your final year, we need to make the most of it. You can’t leave this year thinking, wishing, and wanting to have done something or having missed an opportunity. You need to grab every opportunity by the horns and go for it. Everyone says your education days are the best days of your lives, and so far I can understand why. Let’s leave on a high, knowing that we have done everything we could possibly do in Aber and more. We need to milk it for all it is worth. These are my top three tips, mainly for freshers, but can be applied to those third years that feel they need to do something or try something new this year:

1) GET INVOLVED: It is so easy to make yourself feel like you aren’t missing out. But you are. Massively. Freshers is the perfect time to try a new club or society because they want and/or need more people. There’s so many to choose from. Most clubs offer taster sessions free of charge, so you can do as many things as you like before committing to anything. Don’t worry if you haven’t done it before, because they usually start from the beginning or have a beginners level. This is the easiest thing to change. By joining a club you are able to meet people in different years to you, and on different courses, but with a shared interest. Be careful at the freshers fair not to think you could possibly join everything and stay committed. Sports clubs expect you to attend training sessions if you want to play matches, and societies expect you to turn up to meetings to be able to do what they do. Things clash. You need to decide what you REALLY want to do and prioritise them, because you can’t do everything. Joining a club is one of the easiest ways to make friends outside of your flat.

2) DON’T FIGHT THE WAY YOU WORK BEST: Someone told me this in my first year, and it is true. If you can only feel the pressure to write an essay less than 24 hours before it is due, drugged up on caffeine, and if it works for you, then don’t try to change it. However, I would suggest that this is, generally speaking, a recipe for disaster. I would advise you to plan ahead and hand things in at least a day before the deadline. This will give you breathing room, and allow you to factor in time for proof reading and last minute changes.

3)TRY NOT TO FALL OUT WITH YOUR FLATMATES IN THE FIRST WEEK: It can happen, but it will make the rest of your year a tad difficult. You will never get on with everyone you ever meet, but if you absolutely cannot stand someone at least try to be civil. If you have to share a kitchen and a bathroom with your flatmates, and you have fallen out with some of them, it can get a bit messy. You don’t have to love them – just try not to kill them. Also, avoid smashing their plates on the walls and throwing their food in the bin, or down your esophagus; that will just cause more trouble than its worth. If you do actually fall out with your flatmates it is not the end of the world, all it means is that you may have to cook on your own, and you may go to the library more.