Not again!

Hey guys!

So this week for us is freshers week! For many Universities the next few weeks will be hectic. From people moving into new houses or halls,  to supermarkets being packed with parents frantically buying their son/ daughter food like it’s the beginning of the apocalypse, and that is not even the worst part! To be fair, I am not surprised that parents get their child to stock up on food, likelihood is they will not last long in the first week if they didn’t get anything. It is after all the advantage of having your parents visit so make use of it.

This week is typically notorious for being primarily alcohol driven but also with the hope of trying to comfortably settle everyone into a new environment. It can be a difficult period meeting a bunch of strangers, but most Universities put on plenty of activities during both the day and night so people starting their first year need not be worried. And even if you are someone who does not drink alcohol then you can still have just as much fun at the events put on and not all are related to alcohol so don’t worry about that.

But as a second year now, I don’t think I have a different outlook on freshers because I am a second year, but I feel so different maybe because I have aged? Let me give an example, if someone asked me to go out into town with them for a night out 99% of the time I would tell them I am busy or have plans because the truth is I just want to eat a pizza and watch a film in bed, maybe some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (which I only recently had for the first time).

Personally, I think the idea of it wears off after a while and it becomes more of chore. But what do I know? Maybe I am doing it wrong! :L

Every year they seem to be trying to improve the FRESHERS EXPERIENCE, to make it memorable. When I first came we heard students opinions, these were 3rd, 4th year students and they all mentioned that their freshers experience was the best part of Uni!

If I am being completely honest I am not sure where I am going with this…infact I think I will just summarise my points below…

1. Freshers is starting this week

2. Supermarkets are packed this time of year, avoid them at all cost.

3. I like a pizza with all the meats on it and of course stuffed crust, a film and bed!

I think that is everything, I shall now take my leave!

See you later!

 

 

Exams!

Hey Guys,

Sorry for the lack of these kind of posts, been a while since the last one.

Exams are a big part of your education unless you’re lucky to take a course that has no exams…hate them people (Jokes :P).

At University you are almost guaranteed to have less exams! That is for sure. You are very likely to have January season exams whereas at college, at least now, all exams are sat in the summer. I was lucky to be, I think, the final year allowed to sit January exams when taking A levels :L

Unfortunatley, most University exams are really long. Mine are all between 2-3 hours long. You will be surprised at how quickly that time goes. So you have less exams but longer ones, you might not know and this was certainly new for me, but you can actually leave the exam within a certain time period. You have to be there for the first like 15 minutes or so, and you are not allowed to leave 15 minutes before but anytime inbetween you can (Not sure about the exact times, but it depends on the length of the exam in the first place).

My experiences of exams at University for my first year have actually been good! In January I had one 3 hour exam, as my optional module consisted of 3 exams throughout the 1st semester (like midterms I believe). So, I think I had like 6 weeks to revise for it! I was pretty confident going into it….(not trying to sound cocky)….I am surprised at myself for not getting so stressed. If you recall from my posts related to stress that I am most certainly a stressful person when it comes to exams however I was not! It was definitely weird, although I cannot complain!

I think the thing to remember is the exams in your first year are there mainly to settle you in to Uni life, and to get you all up to the same level of knowledge as you will all have different backgrounds in that field.

When you go to University and you are about to sit exams, or you find out when they are, plan ahead. Most University courses are designed to be easily split down into smaller sections. For example, most of my modules were taken by 3 different lecturers on a different topic and so when revising for that exam. I could just learn 1 lecturers work, understand that before moving on. Planning ahead (a.k.a revision) allowed me to cover all the topics at a nice steady pace!

So, in summary… less but longer exams, its not all bad because they are only in the field you opted for. Try not to worry, they wont kill you as it’s only first year. Revision should be easy because the modules could be broken down into smaller separate sections.

Leave a comment to tell me about your experience of exams! What do you think of them? Do you prefer alternative methods of examination? Do you worry about them?

Hope it helps

Bye 😀

No more peer pressure! :O

Hey people!

As I said before in a previous post, coming to University meant I tried new things; alcohol, clubbing… not sleeping 😛

I was worried about this because most (not all) people I would be meeting have at least tried this. Therefore, it was possible that I might have been pressured into trying these new things.

Thankfully, I was not peer pressured into these things as I thought I would have been. Which is weird but I was very glad.

A few days after starting Uni, I found myself trying some cider. People were confused as to why I did not drink, I said I personally did not want to because I was never exposed to it via family, and well it was something I just never considered in life.

The reason why I decided to try some cider, was I felt that, as I was around new people who were really understanding of my ‘lack of experience’ and they were not forcing upon me, which I respected!.

With the clubbing situation I was more nervous about. Maybe because of that awkward feeling of expressing oneself through the form of ‘intoxicated dance’ ( I say intoxicated because sometimes when I went out I had little to drink ) and sometimes just ‘dance’. My flatmates made me feel comfortable though and said we would stay in a group. I prefer going with friends to have a good time and enjoy ourselves!

To this day, my alcohol tolerance is very low (I am a lightweight) which is very good as I do not have to spend a lot of money (#studentbudget). To clarify, I don’t drink alcohol like its water, I actually rarely drink, only when going out, and I do not do that often! But I reach a point where my brain tells me to just not drink anymore, so I don’t.

This is just me telling you how I am surprised at people, I felt that this topic of alcohol would be a great source of people being ‘egged on’ to drink, but it wasn’t! People can be peer pressured, not into what I have talked about, but a lot of things, drugs and smoking to name a few examples.

You guys might get pressured into things so let me know about your experiences of peer pressure, and how you dealt withit! I hope that if you are soon to be a fresher, that your new friends respect you.

See you around 🙂

 

FRESHERS!

Hello again!

Sorry about last week…..do not know what happened!

Anyway I want to share with you my freshers experience! It was very unusual and a bit scary, but fun…..it was weird.

So I moved in successfully, I found out that my flatmates who I met on a facebook group my halls, would not be moving in till 3 days after I had. I wanted to get away from home and just get there I was so excited.

There was a group of us, dotted around the halls, who were all on our own for the first few days so we decided to hang out and meet each other, make friends and see how it all goes. Now, let me point something out, up till now I have never tasted alcohol or been to a club! So we all sat in a cubicle thing, there was about 10 of us and everyone had pints of beers and lagers and there was me, the odd one out who had a can of tango cherry…….If you saw the scene it would have made you laugh, it was something that definitely broke the ice at any rate.

Things progressed for myself personally, I decided to try…..a half pint of pear cider, I thought, look its going to happen at some point and I’m with a few people here who are aware I am not much for the idea of alcohol. Anyway, I was actually scared, I decided to give half the half pint to my friend and then put a can of coca-cola in the quarter pint. I’m not sure why I did this, I think its because I wanted to dilute the 4% of alcohol even further. But I do have to say….IT TASTED NICE! People did not believe me but it really did!

During the day, I did not really do much, explore parts of the town around the Uni, I think I walked down oxford road which is one LONG STRAIGHT road with a few mates to see the place, it runs from what is known as the ‘curry mile’ (that is the actual street name just so you know) all the way to the arndale! Its a good 40 minute walk. I also did not eat anything apart from 2 pot noodles in the 3 days I was there alone for fear of burning the flat down. I am someone who can cook, yet I for some reason had a fear that I would destroy the place if I used more than the kettle. I did not even use the microwave :S

So my flatmates soon arrived, it was really chilled and not stressful for them, or awkward for any of us, we really broke the ice! That night we all went to the pub with a few others it was truly great. Then the official freshers started. I decided after my coke and cider (which made me hyper, I was told I was skipping the way back home) I would not drink for a while, and so my flatmates and I bought the freshers tickets and went out, I had never been clubbing before and to this day my ‘dance moves’ are mediocre at best, so I just ended copying my mate standing opposite me, there were different nights out and you experienced different places which was nice. By the end of it all, after 5 nights out in a row, I think I managed the whole clubbing scene!

Also the people I met before my flatmates I barely spoke to after, only kept in touch with one because were both studying the same thing! So to you, I would say try it, at least you can then say if you do like it or not. Alcohol is a subject I am not going to really touch on ‘what you should do’ it’s your decision, some people simply don’t want to for personal/ religious reasons, others do! Just be careful no matter what, try and have a good time and mix with lots of people. It is likely that you will not see some of those people again so do not fret!

Hope your freshers, when it comes is just as good!

See you soon!