Just thought I’d mention to all the Freshers out there not enjoying their Freshers’ Week, feeling depressed or unhappy that Freshers’ Week is not a good representation at all of what general university life in general is like!

Things are normally significantly quieter, and do not involve going out and getting drunk every night, contrary to what Freshers’ Week may make things look. Your university will also offer a lot of activities and clubs which will not involve regular binge drinking to make new friends!

So if you are feeling unhappy, or like you want to go home as you think university is not for you – hold out! Wait until you meet your department and start doing lectures. You will likely find people there with much similar tastes and outlooks on life to you there than in your hall or flat!

(Just thought I would republish this again for this year, just as a reminder to those not enjoying Fresher’s Week.)

6 Responses to To All University Freshers NOT enjoying Freshers’ Week

  1. Ursula says:

    This has cheered me up slightly. 🙂

  2. Charlotte says:

    This has made me feel a bit better 🙂

    Cann’t wait to actually get going!

  3. caddon says:

    I know this is old, but thank you. I’m too tired and intoxicated to go into detail, but you’ve no idea just how much better those words make me feel. I just hate all this, and I feel like the only one.

  4. David says:

    Hi caddon,

    It may be old but its relavent for every Freshers week every year, don’t worry!

    Best of Luck

  5. BoredFresher says:

    Thank you for this. I feel so left out and alienated from my flatmates right now so this is comforting to hear.

  6. Absolutely true! I found Freshers’ week rather overrated, and preferred random activities with people in my halls to the “organised fun” of silent discos and the like..

    Everyone is desperate to make friends in Freshers’ week, so if you’re not enjoying all the activities and socialising like a mad person, you may feel that you’re doing it wrong or worry that you won’t have friends at the end of it all. The bad news is that you will feel even more that way in a month or so when people start settling down, and you may think “oh no! Now everyone has a group of friends and no one will want me!” and while that feeling is natural, it’s not true at all. Yes, it’s harder to approach people later in the year (or your degree), but if you go along to a society that interests you, or even group up with people you think seem interesting for group assignments, you won’t struggle to make friends.

    Be yourself, and don’t worry too much. You’ll be fine. Promise.

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