Moving to the UK will be a massive transition and adjusting to a new home will take time. But there are things you can do to make the shift easier and more enjoyable. One of the best parts about the beginning of the university school year is Freshers Week. American Universities may have a welcome week or just a weekend, but Freshers Week brings students together in an entirely different way.
Freshers Weeks are geared towards first-year students, focusing on sharing campus contacts with them and helping to foster community. I have been able to participate in two Freshers Weeks in the UK now, and each one has had really engaging events planned by students and university staff. My first fresher’s week included a silent disco, an on-campus pub quiz, an indoor mini-golf day, a trip out into central with my flatmates, and a private day at Thorpe Park. Students had the option to buy a ticket to individual events or purchase a wristband that allowed them access to every event.
This year, Fresher’s Week looked a bit different. Because of COVID-19, our Fresher’s Week activities this year were fully online. The university did a really amazing job to create engaging events for all students to enjoy, even from a distance. There were online pub quizzes, bingo nights, online escape rooms, and socially distanced events on campus like zorbing and mini-golf. I was on quarantine this year for the entire Fresher’s Week, but it didn’t prevent me from getting involved!
Some of my favorite events this year were the ones that focused on well-being. The university led virtual yoga classes that helped me keep moving from the comfort of my room. While the games and activities of Fresher’s Week are exciting, there are always really useful and informational sessions going on as well. Most campus societies, clubs, and organizations will be present at an event called the “Fresher’s Fair.” This allows you to meet other students with similar interests and get a feel for what types of societies are on campus. For example, my university has everything from a rowing society, a creative writing society, a cheer squad, a baking society, the student LGBTQ+ network, a swing dance society, and many more! Joining in at the Fresher’s Fair will help you find new and exciting ways to get involved on campus. As a student, you have access to amazing resources on campus for both your academic studies and your social wellbeing.
Fresher’s Week is all about trying new things, meeting new people, and branching out. Don’t be afraid to take a leap- you never know where you may end up!
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Published Originally: October 13th, 2020
By Sarah Farmer, ATP Student Ambassador
Studying at: The University of Roehampton