Fresher’s week is one of the most talked about activities, and with good reason. Your first week at University is the time for you to let your hair down, adjust to your new surroundings, and explore new things. However, there are certain mistakes that every fresher seems to make during this time.
Ignoring Fresher’s Flu
You wake up and think it’s just a particularly bad hangover – and that another night of drinking will shake it off, this is not the case. Fresher’s flu is guaranteed if you combine constant partying, lack of sleep, and an endless amount of takeaways. Don’t let your body crumble within the first few days. Make sure you stock up on your vitamins, give yourself a night off with a bit of much needed me time and eat a hearty, healthy meal to recover. Drink plenty of water as often as you can to keep your body hydrated and try to squeeze in a little bit of exercise to give yourself a free serotonin boost that is bound to make you feel ten times better than before.
Going in too hard
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re the top dog. You’re 18, you’ve moved out of the family home, you’re making loads of new friends and you’re going to wild parties all week. While all of this is new and exciting, you still need to take the same precautions that you would with a normal night out and keeping yourself and your friends safe should always be your number one priority. Try not to wander off alone as getting lost in a new city is never fun, make sure your phone has plenty of battery in case you need to call anyone, and remember, whatever happens tonight, you’ll be reminded of tomorrow so try not to embarrass yourself too much!
The awkward bit after a hook up
As everyone goes out clubbing in groups, you’re more than likely to head out with the same people in your accommodation. Try not to get too cosy with these however – you don’t want to have to face the awkwardness of bumping into that person every time you leave your flat or see them in lectures after a night of passion spent together. The chances are this person that lives down the hall from you, will be living there for the next two or three years, and anyone that is doing the same degree as you, will stick around until graduation, so try not to make things any more awkward than they need to be. You don’t want to be spending the next few years trapped inside your dorm avoiding them at all costs.
Not using protection
When you’re in a new surrounding, with new friends and a student loan to spend – the last thing you’ll want to do is go to the doctors for the morning after pill or an STI test. Make sure that you are always prepared and have a condom to hand for your night of fun so you can wake up with no worries.
Practicing safe sex is the first step towards a healthy and exciting sex life. Reducing the risk of contracting STIs and lowering the chances of any pregnancy, wearing condoms should be part and parcel of your casual sex adventures. Just remember that if you partner changes their mind last minute and doesn’t want to use a condom or protection, you can still say no.
Not signing up to the doctor’s surgery
In reference to the earlier point of fresher’s flu, make sure that you have already found the nearest GP and sign up before you get ill. It’s not an enjoyable feeling when you’re unwell and having to sit hours in a walk-in surgery until you can be seen. Familiarising yourself with your local GP will also make you feel more comfortable going to see them regarding any other health-related issues you may face.
Spending unnecessary money
Although it’s tempting to go on a shopping spree now that your bank account is looking healthier than ever before, don’t just blow your student loan in one go. Make a conscious effort to try and save money wherever and whenever, or create a weekly budget that will allow you to enjoy some extra-curricular activities. A great place to get your hands on some freebies are student fairs. Offering a range of free food, cleaning products, sexual health related items, and other freshers necessities, this can be a great way to save you money where possible.
Your first week at University is the time for you to let your hair down, adjust to your new surroundings, and explore new things.