5forFreshers: Erica Adams


If you’re anything like some of us, your Bank Holiday was either super productive or you lounged about watching VMA performances all day. Well, it can only get better from here. We’re about to show you something that will out do both BEYONCE’S and RIHANNA’S VMA performances. Yes, you guessed it, we’re back for some more Fresher related help!

*runs for cover for selling you dreams*

After hearing from De’Graft, Ashleigh and Ellie last week, we’re back with our life-saving tips for all you upcoming first years.

Got any embarrassing, funny or downright lame stories from your time as a Fresher? Maybe you’ve got the key to all Fresher wisdom or you have that one picture from Fresher’s that you just HAVE to show the world. Send us your tweets to @NerveOnline with the hashtag #5forFreshers and you may be featured in in the next article! It really doesn’t get any better than this, aye?


Name: Erica Adams

Year: Third

Course: English

Ideal Meal Deal combo: Ooh – probably chicken fajita wrap, Sunbites and a Diet Coke

1. Explore your halls on the first night

After you’ve awkwardly met your flat mates, pretended you know the towns they live in and maybe cracked open a beverage or two, introduce yourself to your neighbours around you. The people you will be thrown into live with will be your first point of call during freshers, however don’t be afraid to branch out and meet other people. You never know, the person upstairs could just be your spirit animal.

2. Work hard, play hard

Even though your first year is always thought to be the most ineffective when it comes to actually getting a degree, it really does help if you master some of the skills that will count in your second and third year. Knowing how to reference, searching for books in the library and reading journals will set you on your way to owning your assignments. However, don’t let work bog you down. Make sure you enjoy Bournemouth, it has so much to offer. It’s all about finding the balance.

3. Buy second hand books and keep books from A Levels

You will be inundated with reading lists as long as the Great Wall of China, but you DO NOT need to buy them all. Many of them will be in the library, and if you play your cards right with the library tab (aka your new best friend), you may just be able to have a book on loan for as long as you need to. Keep your A Level books if you think they will be relevant to your subject, as you may just study them again and you’ll save some pennies. eBay, Amazon and even charity shops can also have the books you need, but maybe with a little wear.

4. Frozen food

Being the master of the trolley in the supermarket with the control to buy whatever you fancy for the week ahead may seem like a dream come true for your cravings, but it’s easy to get carried away and spend way more than you need to. It’s convenient to buy fresh foods, vegetables and meats, but they have a much shorter shelf life. Obviously, there are fresh foods that are essential, but a lot of things can be frozen. Frozen veggies and fruit are just as good for you, so cheap and you can do wonders with them. Also freezing meats and bread will save a fortune if you haven’t planned your meals ahead.

5. No one remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep

Sometimes, you’ve just got to go for it. The best times are often the unplanned times, and the best memories can be made when you least expect it. Get yourself out there, meet as many people as you can and do as much as university throws at you. Fresher’s is a great place to start, and you may get that freshers flu you’ve so often heard about (trust me its real), but you’ll look back on it all and think of what a cracking couple of weeks it was.

Got any questions for Erica about Fresher’s? She would love to answer them! Tweet us at @NerveOnline with the hashtag #5ForFreshersErica.