So tomorrow is Welcome Sunday, so WELCOME! I hope tomorrow that you have a smooth transition onto campus and into uni life!
Tomorrow you will enrol on campus and receive your Uni Card, don’t lose this! You can use it for many things, such as: student discounts, your exams/entry into the uni library at night, entry into your accommodation (depending on your accommodation) the free uni bus to-and-from town which is a lifesaver after shopping with bags!
You will also get your keys to your accommodation… do not lose these! However, if you do end up locking yourself out (don’t worry – it happens) and nobody is inside to let you in, you can always contact security who will lend you a set as long as you return them.
Basically, there’s nothing to worry about. Any problem you may face has a solution… you just need to know who to contact if you encounter a problem! Tomorrow there will be a lot of university staff members, including student helpers, who will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.
So double check tonight you have everything you need, and if not… don’t worry you can always pick whatever you need up in town.
If you have any worries or concerns feel free to post a comment and ask!
The line up for Welcome Week aka the infamous ‘Freshers’ Week’ was announced a few weeks ago! Are you ready for mini golf, headphone discos and Scott Mills!?
So what is Freshers’ Week? Well, it’s a time to get used to uni life. By that I mean, your classes, the location/your whereabouts, the people you’ll associate with and probably newfound cooking skills! Freshers’ Week is like an induction week, where you’ll go to a few classes that give you an insight into the course you’ve chosen as well as helping you use the facilities open to you.
During Freshers’ Week, as well as introductory classes, you will experience the infamous nights out at the Student Union on campus, in Ormskirk or Liverpool! Whatever you end up doing, even if it’s a movie night in with your new flatmates it will definitely be a night to remember!
There’s also a Freshers’ Fair which is my personal highlight as there is basically a lot of freebies from lots of companies and other businesses! This is also the time where you will have the opportunity to sign up to societies, whether you’re sporty or not there’s a society for you! On the Wednesday come to the hub and have a look around, grab some freebies, talk to societies and make new friends!
I remember this day like it was yesterday, alas it was now nearly 2 years ago! It was one of the most terrifying, exciting, crazy days of my life, I didn’t think it was possible to have so many mixed emotions until this day arrived! Everyone gets a different allocated time to enrol and move in, so likely hood is if your last name begins with A, B or C you’ll be first, just like I was. The first thing you’ll do is is enrolment, and if you remember the friendly helpful environment and atmosphere from open day, it’s exactly the same at enrolment. There are so many people around to point you in the right direction and give you any advice you need, it’s really easy and straight forward so nothing to worry about and it doesn’t take long at all. Just make sure you bring all the paperwork and documents you need which you will be told about in advance.
Then it comes to actually moving in! There’s a bunch of lovely students on-hand to help you move your stuff into your room, and because of the different time slots, campus isn’t too packed and busy. I remember I was the 4th person to move into my flat, the first girl I met was a lovely girl called Lindsay (who now happens to be my best friend) and it was so easy to chat to her, we’d met on Facebook before which I think really helped because we’d already been chatting a lot. We were both so nervous and excited to meet all our new flat mates. We set up our new rooms with our families and I then went out for a quick lunch with my family, said a tearful goodbye and went back to settle into my new flat. Everyone arrived throughout the day, and it was much less scary than I thought it would be, everyone was really friendly and chatty, it’s so easy to forget that everyone is in the same boat, and just as nervous as you are. That evening we all had a few drinks in the flat and got to know each other before heading out for the first freshers week event!
I can’t believe how much I had fretted over this day, and in the end it was actually really chilled out and relaxed, and I met so many great people that are now some of my best friends.
Although you may think it’s going to be really scary, just smile and be friendly to everyone you meet and you’ll look back at it as one of the best days ever! 🙂
Starting at university, and especially living away from home for the first time, can be really daunting for some people so I thought perhaps it might be interesting to write about the day I moved into halls and everything that happened.
I arrived at Edge Hill on Welcome Sunday with my parents and we parked in our designated car park before making our way to the Health and Social Care building where I registered (lots of important documents required for this – keep an eye out for any information packs letting you know what you need to bring with you), got my student ID card and collected the keys to my flat. This process takes a little while and you do get your picture taken for your ID card so you might want to prepare yourself beforehand!
I then went to look at my flat for the first time. I was quickly introduced to the lovely cleaners who would be working in my building, and also my Student Advisor (SA) who I could go to with any questions. I also had a quick chat with a couple of my new flatmates who were already there. My parents stayed to help me unpack and even bought me a few bits for my first food shop, but soon it was time for them to leave and I realised for the first time that I was really living on my own. But I honestly barely had time to feel sad or nostalgic; new flatmates were arriving! I spent the next few hours getting to know people in my building, grabbing some food and exploring campus. We then had a welcome talk, and once that was over, everyone started getting ready to go out for the evening.
During Freshers week there is a great range of events put on, and I think most people will probably find something to do that appeals to them. On that first evening, myself and other people from my building went to the club on campus and had a really great night.