Freshers' Guide: 10 things you need to know_Here are 10 things to remember to make your freshers' session in school fun and productive..._

1⃣. First impressions are everything
Of course you’re expected to have fun, but during Freshers’ week (or Freshers’ Fortnight if you’re lucky enough!) don’t have so much fun that you forget who you are. You don’t want to spend the rest of your university life being known as the person who woke up in a bin on their second day.

 2⃣ Knowing your way around town is key
Get to know your new university town. Unions or faculty reps will organise pub crawls for first years, which will take you to the best student places around. It’s no harm to ask older students or graduates – or even non-students who live there – what places they recommend in the local area. The more places you know, the more fun you are to hang out with.

3⃣ Don’t forget your family
If this is your first time away from home you can guarantee that your parents will worry about you. Are you making friends? Are you enjoying it? Are you keeping up with assignments? These are things your parents want to know. Don’t forget to check in with them every now and then and let them know what you’re up to – though you can probably leave out the bit about waking up in a bin.

4⃣ Check out your course reading list
Look at what sort of things you’re expected to read. But don’t buy all of them! Some of them will be useful for different modules and some will only be useful for one. If in doubt, your tutors will be able to tell you which books are absolute must-haves for the course. It’s not expected that you’ll read them during  week, but it’s good to be aware of the content you’ll be studying.

5⃣ Learn to budget
Simple, but so many forget to do it. By the end of the first term you may find yourself living on baked beans and toast as you spend too much of your money having fun and going out. Some people find setting up an excel spreadsheet helps. Some find the ‘iron budget’ simpler – go out with a set amount of cash and no cards.

6⃣ Be healthy
Healthy eating is a mood-improving must. For the past two years, I’ve been eating nothing but rice, garri, tomato sauce, and meat. But don’t be like me, there’s no need to subject yourself to that kind of torture (no offence to rice or garri). Learn how to cook a variety of simple meals. Not only would this benefit your health, but your meals will taste better too. There are some great, easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for students.
Another tip for boosting your mood is to get a good night’s sleep. ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿพ‍♂ recently, i discover that mood is closely connected to sleep – a lack of sleep can cause stress, while good sleep can enhance well-being. Just sleep normal hours.

7⃣ On top of that, attend your classes
A lot of people are going to try to wean you off of the tuition you’re paying ludicrous sums of money for: ‘C’mon, it’s just one drink’ or ‘Don’t be boring’. Ignore all these people. You’re here for you. Go to your tuition. If you can’t deal with leaving your room for ten to 20 hours a week, then you shouldn’t be going to university anyway.

8⃣ Don’t procrastinate
You’d be surprised how much guilt and stress you can avoid, simply by keeping on top of your workload. Stay up-to-date and neutralise all that anxiety. All that ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’? No, you won’t Do it today.

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