THE ALL NEW AND EXCITING FRESHERS LIFESTYLE IS STARTING TO SHOW IT’S CRACKS. THE FRIDGE IS EMPTY, YOU’RE BED-BOUND WITH THE FLU AND YOU CAN’T HELP MISS THAT NAGGING MUM OF YOURS. FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ALONE IN FEELING LIKE THIS? CLAUDIA STOBBART IS HERE TO TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE NOT! HERE’S 10 THINGS SHE LEARNT FROM HER FIRST MONTH AT UNI.
Edited by Emma Orlando
1. Those early-morning lectures are worse than any fresher could imagine
Freshers just cannot hack late nights and early lectures! It may take you multiple painful mornings to have this realisation, but no matter how many times you attempt it, it won’t end well. For me, the actualisation came 3 weeks in.
I had my head down the toilet, regretting all of my life choices
Not to mention that I had 10 minutes before I was due to leave for my lecture (I’ll admit, not the best of mornings). Just don’t put yourself through it!
2. Friends are harder to find than you think they are
You’re not going to immediately become BFF’s with everyone you meet in the first week and that’s okay, or you might and that’s amazing! Don’t feel pressured to settle down and immediately find your group of friends. Talk to everyone and don’t just cling to the first person you meet (unless they’re actually really cool!).
3. You will finally learn to appreciate your parents
You’ll feel like calling your parents crying almost everyday. Whilst you look tragically at your empty fridge and dirty kitchen, you will want to thank them for all the little ‘everyday’ things they did (that you never even paid attention to). Remember the good old days when you’d put a plate down and it would magically reappear clean in the cupboard?
4. You are not invincible from the dreaded freshers flu
No matter how hard you try, freshers flu will find you and it will not be fun. Oh, and just in case you were wondering… alcohol doesn’t cure it.
Currently writing this in bed, trying not to feel like death with a mug of Lemsip on my bedside table.
5. You will become a food-waste warrior
Expiry dates are a big deal! At uni, throwing food away is essentially throwing money away, therefore all food must be eaten to avoid any feelings of guilt. I don’t care if I have an unopened pack of ham, it goes off tomorrow so I will make it my life’s mission to consume it all.
6. You might actually have to clean up after yourself
Back home I’m a big believer in the ‘floordrobe,’, unfortunately, that magic cleaner you have that clears you floor is no longer on duty when you’re at uni. Your floor will get dirty very quickly with dust and general grossness (slippers are a must at uni). Throw your clothes on the floor and you will be forced to take a trip to the laundrette at the bottom of the building, which is just… effort. Then there’s the fact that you now have people chilling in your room everyday (or, maybe you always did and I’m just a loner). You can’t look like a slob and leave your underwear on the floor.
7. You will discover your hidden laziness
You are bound to have heard people say that university is where you discover new things about yourself… what they mean is that you will discover new depths of laziness. Yes, you can get ready in 5 mins and turn up to your lecture in your PJ top. Going downstairs to do laundry? Nope, that’s way too far and requires too much effort. Empty fridge? Tough. Asda’s a 5 minute walk away and
who has the energy for that?
8. You will learn the true value of cost (spoiler alert, everything’s expensive!)
You’ll have the realisation of how ridiculously expensive everything is; you won’t be able to afford all the nice food you ate back home. As you walk past the camembert and parma ham with tears in your eyes, you will quickly realise that food-shopping is now a heartbreaking task. Unfortunately, you’re gonna have to settle for pasta, mince and too much ramen.
9. You might need to up your phone-call allowance
For the first time ever you will probably use up your monthly calls. Back home, I hated talking on the phone and only ever texted (unless the words ‘mum calling’ popped up on my screen). At uni; texting isn’t enough. You will call/FaceTime your friends on the phone and FaceTime more than you have in your entire friendship and probably still feel that it isn’t enough. Cue ‘Houseparty’, the app that created a big group Facetime. It will help keep you more up-to-date than ever, so you never miss out on that all important goss again.
10. It will be a crazy ride, but you’ll love it!
Most of the time, academically and in general life, you have no clue what’s going on… but you’re loving every minute of it (besides the list of assignments and assessments that’s getting longer everyday eek!)