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By Simon Thompson
 
     

accept your Fresherís Flu fate

Happy Fresherís Week! Here are some tips and tricks to surviving the madness.

-Firstly, be yourself. Although the pull to make new friends and share new experiences is strong, make sure that you donít alter yourself in any way in order to fit in with the crowd. If youíre heading to university, itís best to just be you for the three years, youíll definitely find people who you will click with!

-Remember to take everything at your own pace.

-Try not to be shy! Whilst it is important, as previously mentioned, to not get too overwhelmed by the need to make friends, it is also important to make sure that youíre friendly and approachable, this way, if a friendship is going to be happen, youíve created the perfect situation for it to blossom within. A few great tips are to prop your door open so that flat mates can come in and say Ďhií or to volunteer your room for pre-drinks on one of the evenings of fresherís week! If you see someone walking by, donít be afraid to invite them into your room for a chat, theyíll probably be very relieved that youíve asked!

-Please make sure that you do your admin. Whilst itís important to enjoy fresherís week, itís also handy to complete all the boring but important stuff, from registering at the doctors through to picking up your student ID card or grabbing your timetable.

-In order to physically and mentally survive fresherís week, itís best to really ration which events you do end up going to! Heading to a massive fresherís event every night will become less and less enjoyable and will definitely end in exhaustion. For survival, have 2/3 days off in the week; host a flat movie party or just have some time to yourself. Youíll head out the next evening raring and ready to go!

-Remember that homesickness is a natural emotion. So many people suffer in fresherís week because they feel guilty for feeling homesick during their fresherís experience. In order to fight this and to survive your first week of uni, itís best to simply listen to your emotions and give your friends and family a call. Youíll feel much better after taking the initiative. Never feel like youíre bothering them, theyíll probably be very relieved and happy to hear your voice on the other end of the phone- theyíll probably be experiencing homesickness from you!

-Itís best to be ready for fresherís flu. It might not hit in the first week of fresherís, or in the second, but it will find you and it will infect you with a runny nose, a banging head, exhaustion and a nasty cough. Itís best to just ride it out and dose up on painkillers and paracetamol, cough syrup, lozenges, basically anything you can possibly think of! Fresherís flu is viral and canít be treated with antibiotics so donít head to the doctors, unless youíve been ill for over three weeks or if you feel that the flu has really clung to your chest, you might have an infection so itís best to check. Sleep is definitely your friend, catching up on those extra zís during you first week of university is incredibly important, so make sure that you snooze through the day!

-Make sure you head to the fresherís fairs! Fresherís fairs are not only great for signing up for lots of societies you probably wonít end up going to, theyíre also great as an activity to do as a group with your new flat mates. Join up for societies and grab all the freebies you can together as a great bonding experience.

-Take time to yourself and invest in some self-care. Although the pull of fresherís week and socialising can be a strong, if you want to survive the experience both physically and mentally; then itís best to invest in some quality time to yourself. Whether thatís facetiming your parents back home, watching a film or just having a much needed nap, youíll feel much better for the added alone time, everybody needs it every now and then. Seriously, donít be afraid to take a night off.

-Make sure that you keep an eye on your finances. Fresherís Week can be famously expensive, and although the idea is that youíre meant to cut loose and have fun, itís not convenient to blow your whole budget in seven days.

Set aside a chunk of money for the whole week, that way you can spend freely without being paranoid that youíre going over budget.

-Try to not feel the pressure. It can be tempting at times to convince yourself that fresherís week is going to be the best thing ever, the most incredible experience of your life- and the ultimate life lesson. Although impressive, this belief can often harbour feelings of disappointment or regret if the experience isnít all the student imagined it to be. Simply head into Fresherís Week with a clear head, ready for anything that comes your way- but try not to expect too much!

 
 
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