5ForFreshers: Ellie Dobner


It’s round number three of 5forFreshers and if you haven’t realised… we’ve had a bit of a redesign!  For those who have no idea on what we’re talking about, let us explain what we’re all about. Here at Nerve we really do understand what being a so called ‘Fresher’ feels like. That is why we have created 5forFreshers; a collection of tips for all you newcomers to gain some sort of solace from and all you established members of BU to cringe as you remember your time as a new student.

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: Ellie Dobner

Year: Second

Course: Media and Communications

Coke or Pepsi?: Coke… but only if there is rum in it!

1 .Talk to EVERYONE

When moving to university the most daunting thing (at least for me) was not knowing anyone. I didn’t know my flatmates – besides the awkward Facebook chat trying find things in common and stalking their profiles to the best of my ability – and I didn’t have any friends here and that was petrifying… until you realise no one has any friends yet! And the best part of it is they have no clue who you are, so ditch all that school baggage (including that embarrassing thing you did in year 9!) and be yourself. So talk to as many people as possible and make as many friends as you can.

2. Say YES to as many opportunities as possible

University is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your knowledge and invest in your future; but it’s also amazing opportunity to have fun! University offers so many chances to try new things independently and through societies. There are so many societies at BU to choose from; ranging from Marketing to Windsurfing and Touch Rugby to (of course) NERVE. This your chance to get involved in something you’ve never done before, something you’ve done and love or something you thought you’d never do! So embrace the university experience and put yourself out there!

3. Don’t be scared to look stupid, because you probably won’t

To get the best from your university experience you need to throw yourself into the deep end and commit 100%. So forget about things being ‘embarrassing’, if you want to ask a question in a lecture, DO IT. If you want to join a society, DO IT. If you want to talk to someone, DO IT. Just go for it! University isn’t like school, no one is going to judge you for trying. So, do what you want to do because there is nothing worse than holding yourself back.

4. Library Battles

You’ll soon discover that a seat in the library is a very precious and coveted possession. You may have to risk life and limb to obtain one – especially if you are up against a fourth year in exam season! However, with the new Fusion building, there might be a little less combat over the text books. Throughout the next three years, you will spend a lot of your time writing essays and completing assignments; so find a space that works for you. Whether that is the library, a coffee shop or your bedroom; make sure that is the most productive space for you.

5. Soup.

Soup is one of the cheapest meals going for students, and it is one of the best going for three main reasons: 1) you have a meal sorted for approximately 50p. 2) this steaming bowl of goodness will keep you warm in various flavours. 3) You will get fresher’s flu and the soup will help! It is minimal effort, takes talent to mess up and is much healthier than getting a KFC.

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