Freshers Week Survival Guide

Ah, October. When the fresh and brightest faces appear in Oxbridge. The excited last minute shopping sprees with the parents to put the last bits of furnishings around the room. The disappointment when you realise your room is a glorified cupboard, or the shock and awe of a palatial penthouse suite for the lucky few. Freshers Week is exciting for any Oxbridge student, new or old. It’s a time before responsibility hits and when we can hop on the Lashional Express and make some bad decisions.

Having passed my share of Freshers Weeks with flying colours, I can outline a few guidelines, or warnings if you will. This is mainly aimed at the freshers, as most seasoned veterans have most likely made or seen these mistakes.
But first, a disclaimer for the parents: My dear Mum and Dad picked up a university newspaper when they were first leaving me all on my lonesome to discover the wonders of the Oxbridge. To their shock and horror it made the university seem like nothing more than a drinking society with a studying problem. I assure you, your children are in competent hands. For the less competent freshers though:
1. Don’t be THAT couple. There is always a couple who meet Freshers Week and fling themselves into a serious relationship. This will end one of two ways: 99% of the time in 2nd or 3rd year heartache, leaving the question ‘Why did I waste my university time with that ONE person?’ In this scenario you dedicate most of your extracurricular time to this person, often neglecting all other acquaintances and leaving you to be that obnoxious person who cries about a breakup for six months and then hooks up with everyone in the college. Don’t do that. Oh, and the other 1% get married. Good luck finding a bridal party though.
2. Don’t go home with someone in your college during Freshers Week. You have to see them for the rest of the year. And everybody will know that the two of you went home together. Don’t be THOSE two.
3. Don’t kiss and tell. No one likes the details of their random hookups to be known to the world. And if you ever want to get busy with that person again, it’s best to keep your private life private.
4. Don’t get kicked out of the local clubs. Bouncers don’t forget. But, if you end up alone and at another club – friend making opportunity! That’s a lie, don’t go anywhere alone if you’re a fresher. You might get lost, and asking directions to your own college makes you look like a total saddo.
5. Don’t get paralytically drunk to the point where you pass out in public. Having people carry you home isn’t friendship bonding. It’s fucking annoying. And no one will like you for it.

6. Don’t drink at Vinnie’s or the Hawks Club. Your young fresher constitution can’t handle those kind of drinks. If you have to ask what a Pinky or a Tomahawk is, you shouldn’t be drinking one.

And that’s all I have for now. More to come once I sober up again x x

10 Responses to “Freshers Week Survival Guide”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    >Patronising much? But true. Has to be said.

  2. churchaholic says:

    >Ah – so you're at Cambridge. Are you going to the Right to Play Ball?

  3. Kate says:

    >Yay! Glad to hear from you again. :) Great tips!

    xoxo Kate

  4. Anonymous says:

    >Top advice. I just wish they circulated this at my uni.

  5. Phoebe says:

    >Ahhh freshers week :) good tips for the newbies!!
    You picked up on things that they don't/won't necesarily think of, particularly hooking up and becoming a couple within days, never a good thing.
    Nice to have the regular posts from you again!! Let us know how you and Grey get on.
    Love Phoebe x

  6. Anonymous says:

    >Definitely at Cambs then, we don't have a Hawks nor a Vinnie's at Ox…

  7. StudentNinja says:

    >http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=413626&c=1

    where are you???

    :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    >CAMBRIDGE GIRL!

  9. The Edge of Crazy says:

    >I was part of the 1%–I married the guy. Your totally right, finding a bridal party was a bitch!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    >Vinnie's is in oxford anon… it's above shephard & woodward

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