5forFreshers: Ashleigh Kybert


Here at Nerve, we understand Fresher’s. For so many of you, this is the start of an exciting set of years ahead of you. For the rest, it is pretty much ‘Back to School’ but on a larger scale. Wherever you’re coming from, we’ve 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. Yesterday we had our Head of Nerve Online, De’Graft Mensah, giving us his 5 tips for starting university and today, we’ve got Nerve’s very own – Ashleigh Kybert!

Before we start though, we at Nerve also find it appropriate to address one comment we had in particular… Following De’Graft’s tips yesterday, specifically his third tip about managing money, we were contacted by none other than De’Graft’s housemate who shed some light about De’Graft’s spending habits…

Busted De’Graft!

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: Ashleigh Kybert

Year: Second

Course: Multimedia Journalism

Beyonce’s Lemonade or ACTUAL Lemonade: Actual lemonade – but only if that’s London Lemonade from Aruba!

1. Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring a doorstop

Worried about university? Want to know a fast track into making friends? Buy a doorstop! Keep your door open and you’ll find it so much easier to mingle with your flatmates and get to know each other if you don’t need to awkwardly knock on their door. It’s not only an essential for freshers week but for the entire year.

2. Don’t be afraid to break the rules

It’s inevitable that you will miss home at some point, so be sure to make your room feel as cosy and homely as possible. Although I probably shouldn’t be telling you this – it’s okay to slighly bend the rules when it comes to decorating (everyone does) with a few pictures placed on the wall or the back of your door, as long as you don’t remove any paint! Just don’t be ridiculous and start painting your walls the same colour as your room back home…

3. Be brave

The one thing I regret about my first year is not being confident enough at the start when it came to getting involved in societies, clubs and meeting new people. I’ve had the most amazing year of my life at BU but I do sometimes wonder if it would’ve been even better if I had made the most of the opportunities I had. So make sure you go for it! Join the societies that interest you or create your own if there isn’t one, make new friends and get fully involved with the university because it can lead to some once in a lifetime experiences.

4. Don’t buy everything on your reading list

Although a few books may be essential, many of them aren’t and many of them can be found in the library. So try to avoid purchasing all of your reading list brand new at once because you’ll be faced with a pretty hefty bill! eBay and Amazon are great for finding good deals, and it might be a good idea to speak to students in the second year of your course to find out which books you really need.

5. Have fun!

Although everyone tells you that first year doesn’t count, it sort of does. So don’t think you can get away with not doing anything – but make sure that having fun is one of your main priorities. You’re probably going to be living away from home for the first time, experiencing new things and starting to feel more like an adult. It’s time to enjoy yourself and make some fantastic memories with a new crowd of friends. Just make sure you at least try to make your 9am lecture after a Cameo Wednesday!

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

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