The fresher survival guide
SURVIVING THE first few weeks of college isn’t always easy. Best to go with the flow and follow these ten commandments
1 DON’T TAKE CLASSES BACK TO BACK
If there’s any flexibility in your timetable, give yourself breaks between lectures. It may seem tempting to get all your lectures over and done with by Tuesday each week but preparation - both of the mental and literal kind - are needed before a class. If you spread them out a bit over the week, they will be more enjoyable.
2 REMEMBER TO EAT
Beer is not a food group. While it may add a few pounds to your waistline, it lacks all the necessary vitamins and minerals for survival. Food not only tastes good, it also fuels the body and mind and keeps you alive. A good tip is to always have a packet of stock cubes in the house. If all else fails you can boil the kettle and make some consommé, as the upper class would call it. The rest of us would probably refer to it as crappy soup.
3 TRY YOUR STUDENT CARD EVERYWHERE
It’s the American Express for students: never leave home without it. Your student card can come in handy for discounts on a variety of things including food, drink, travel, clothes, cinema tickets, you name it. Even if theres no sign in the window specifically stating discounts for students, try your luck anyway. Although dont bother trying to buy a car insurance with it. Itll probably work the opposite way.
4 EXPLORE THE WORLD BEYOND THE STUDENT BAR
The temptation to drink legally for the first time will lead many thirsty students straight to the on-campus drinking emporium. But remember that you are now, for the first time, in a position to go out and see the world in all its glory on your own. So use your time off from studying by exploring the local environs. Besides, you might find better pubs.
5 CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Believe it or not, some clubs take place during the day and dont involve drinking and snogging strangers. In fact, university clubs and societies get more and more idiosyncratic as the years go on. So if you thought you were an outsider in school, youll likely find a group of people who also like to watch He-Man reruns upside down in the dark in college. They like it so much they got funding for a society devoted to it. Join as many clubs and societies as you can in the first few weeks. The football society, the cartoon society, the Spanish omelette throwing society, whatever. Its a good way to make friends and meet like-minded people who also love to fling Iberian egg-based dishes around.