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23 Things That Will Inevitably Happen To You During Freshers Week

You haven't done Freshers unless you've done these...

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You’ll pack up everything you own and play real-world Tetris trying to fit all your boxes in your parents’ car, which suddenly seems very small

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You’ll unpack your boxes in your new room and wave goodbye to your parents - *gulp* - everything suddenly seems a little bit scarier

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You’ll suddenly be paranoid you’ll never make friends and start to want to go home, but then you’ll meet someone from across the hall and hit it off and everything seems so much better

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You’ll tell people your name, subject and where you’re from so many times you’ll consider getting it stamped on your forehead. If you’re from a small town, you’ll end up telling people you’re from near the closest big city…even though that’s over 40 miles away from your house

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You’ll finally unpack everything and then come back from Freshers’ Fair with 209 new pens, 35 leaflets, 12 new keyrings, and a giant branded beach ball - and nowhere to put it all

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You’ll be ambushed by an enthusiastic student ambassador who will encourage you to sign up to copious amounts of societies you had no idea existed and tell you which nights the SU has the best deals on drinks

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You accept that at some point during the week, you’ll end up going out dressed in some sort of ridiculous fancy dress, possibly to a roller disco

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You’ll witness at least one person drunkenly riding around in a shopping trolley, and someone wearing a traffic cone as a hat

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You realise Freshers’ Flu is a real thing when you witness your pale, coughing flatmates only emerging from their rooms at 2pm to make meals of Cup-a-Soup and Lemsip

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You’ll enjoy the seemingly boundless joy of a student card – 10% off clothes? 40% off Pizza Express? Half price Amazon Prime? Life has never seemed so awesome

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You’ll meet hundreds of people and feel bad when they wave at you the next day and you can’t remember who they are

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Your student loan will seem huge and you’ll end up treating yourself to things you’ve never considered buying before

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…then suddenly realise the loan has to last you for a good while and frantically try to find the receipt for the duck-shaped radio and inflatable sofa you bought on an impulse

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Own-brand products in supermarkets become your favourite sight – 35p for 40 tea bags? Brilliant!

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You’ll get tagged in loads of photos, half of which you love and half of which cause you to involuntarily shriek and hastily untag

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After your third night of takeaways, you’ll attempt to cook some “real food”, before hastily accepting that you can’t whip up dauphinoise potatoes and steak and resigning yourself to a life of instant noodles and microwave burgers

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You’ll also witness other people trying to cook and watch in horror as your kitchen suddenly gets coated in pasta sauce, onion skin, and broken spaghetti shards

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You’ll become quite possessive over odd things, such as milk and loaves of bread. How dare Sarah from room 3 take two slices of your Hovis?!

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Washing machines seem very complex, and you don’t know if you should use powder or liquid, bio or non-bio? A hasty phone call home will ensue

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You have the dawning realisation that you will have to start actually studying soon, so you sit down to read the syllabus, have a breakdown and hide it away until classes start

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You’ll meet someone from the year above who assures you it’s not as scary as it seems and that you’ll be fine. Phew!

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Freshers Week comes to an end but you’ve made new friends, settled in and feel ready to start studying again

Remember, if you need any help or advice, come to our Student Office! You'll find it in the Todd Building, and it's open every week day.

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