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University welcome day: make the most of Freshers Fair 2014

University welcome day: make the most of Freshers Fair 2014

London University welcome week
If you’re going to begin your London Erasmus experience or if you’re a first year student (a fresher!) it’ll be your first week at university soon. During the welcome week,  you have to unpack, register for a dozen things, meet a million people (and remember their name)… There’ll be events and socializers every evening and parties every  night. It’ll be crazy, and fast, and fun. Our Top Tip tonight? During your university’s welcome day (s), save some time to explore your the Freshers Fair.
student representative at welcome day

How do these open day welcome day freshers fair things work, anyway?

Basically, the welcome week’s fresher fair is a way that Universities in London (and everywhere in the UK) have of welcoming students. The point is to introduce them to all the opportunities that a year at university can bring. Every sports team and all the societies at University will have a stand. This is also an open day for charities and companies to introduce themselves to you.
grab welcome day freebies

At the welcome day, never say no to freebies

Walk around the fair, look at the stalls, talk to the people. Rule number one of the welcome day at University: at a Freshers Fair, you never say no to a freebie! Two banks, a fast food company, and other random companies have paid some good money to be at the welcome day showering you in freebies. Collect every pen, every postcard, every slice of pizza. Think of the open day as your student birthday: grab all the gifts you can get.
Welcome day: Societies during open day fair

Sign up for a few social societies

Every university has a number of student societies to get together people with similar cultures, interests and hobbies. You’ll find political societies of all colours. There’ll be cultural societies – I joined the Thai society in my year and had a blast. Interest societies can cover anything from Anime and Manga to Kittens.

Don’t pay up the admission fee yet, but leave your contact details to quite a few of these. Next week, when you start getting emails from Steampunk, Pirate, Assassins, and Gentleman’s societies, you can decide which ones you want to try out. Because, you know you’re going to have to give the Curry Society and the Pizza Society at least a try each to find out what kind of person you are.
This is a great way to meet new people who share your interests. I met so many of my best friends at university in societies!
Sports team open day

Join a sports team

Some of the most united clubs at University will be the sports teams.

The less competitive sports teams might be hosting tasters during the next few days in which anybody is free to attend. The most competitive of these require you to pass a trial, where you’ll be tested for skills and fitness. At many universities, the welcome day’s Freshers Fair is the only opportunity to sign up for a trial, so if you really want to join the Uni’s rugby or footbal team, now’s your chance.
Joining a sports team is also a great way to meet new people. Whether you go for something you’d like to learn (like boxing or parkour) or something that you really enjoy (the cricket team, perhaps?) – being a part of a sports team can help you stay fit and healthy throughout your time in university.
Slight warning: some sports teams have a reputation for serious drinking. Some people love this and some people hate it. If you’ve got issues with drinking games and rowdy socials, check before you join!

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