Freshers' Week!

Abbi Jordan-Bland

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Child Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

7 May 2018

Moving on to university campus was possibly one of the most terrifying days I have ever experienced. Realising that I would have to cook, clean and be independent scared me, in case I did something wrong.

However I was also very excited to learn and also meet new friends who had similar interests to me, which were the reasons I decided to move on to the university campus in Chelmsford. I was the first one to move into my house, which was very scary as I was on my own for the first few nights. Then my flatmates moved in and I started to get to know them which made me feel a lot more relaxed as they were in a similar situation to me (feeling terrified about starting university).

The university had lots of events organised for our first week at university including the Freshers’ fair. This is in a huge marque in which there were lots of stalls; from local businesses promoting places we could go to such as Dominos (who gave us free pizza) to local taxi companies.

There was also lots of societies there, who were trying to recruit new members. My flatmate and I decided to go along to some of the trials societies were holding. We went along to the netball and the cheerleading try outs, which were good fun and we both ended up joining one of the societies. I would definitely advise going to the fresher’s fair as I am now more aware of the extra- curricular activities that I can get involved in on campus in my free time. This is also where I first learnt about the employment bureau which I have been involved with for over a year now and it has been a great way to gain some further experience and some extra money whilst doing my course.  

Local clubs in Chelmsford town also held fresher’s events for students, so my flatmates and I decided to go into to town to have a few drinks and meet new people. This enabled us to go and see the town and establish where we could go for nights out and also for shopping. I really enjoyed the fresher’s nights out as there were lots of student offers and it was also nice for us to celebrate getting a place on our courses. 

There were also some events organised for those who didn’t want to go out clubbing; there were quizzes, dinners, exercise classes and movie nights. I found these events great fun as it is something different to do instead of drinking and clubbing. It also meant we didn’t spend all of our student loan in the first week.

I would also advise those who are not living on campus during their time at university, to ensure they go to some of the fresher’s events as they are for everyone not just those on campus.

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