A debate on Freshers': is it all it's hyped up to be?

Freshers week. Either an amazing introduction to your university experience, or a total let down. Two writers compare their experiences of the infamous week.

Molly Jackson
15th October 2021
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Freshers week can be entirely different experiences for different people. What can be an exciting week filled with great memories for some, can also be a week filled with disappointment for others.

Although I participated in freshers week an age ago, I have many fond memories of the infamous week. I think that as students in a university community, we put some perhaps unhealthy expectations on what freshers week will be like. In my experience, by letting go of these preconceived notions, freshers week has the potential to be a much more enjoyable experience! You will always meet people in freshers week that you will likely never meet again, and by accepting that, you can let go of the pressure that comes with trying to make friends, whether from internal or external sources. I am lucky that I met some people on the first day of freshers week who have been my best friends ever since. I do, however, know a lot of people who didn’t meet their close friends until a few months in, or even in second year (which is totally fine too!). 

By throwing myself into the experience, I think I had a much better time than some, and met lots of new and interesting people.

During freshers week I also got involved in lots of different activities such as a cocktail making class, having coffee in the dog cafe, and club events. By throwing myself into the experience, I think I had a much better time than some, and met lots of new and interesting people. Freshers week seems to me to be a bit of a luck of the draw; I had an amazing time, but I also understand that my experience was pre-covid. I think freshers week is what you make it, and so if you put the effort into activities and people, you will have a better experience in return. Having said that, if your freshers experience wasn’t the best, rest assured that freshers week isn’t always an accurate depiction of what the rest of your university experience will be like! 

Molly Taylor

While some remember Freshers fondly, reflecting on drunken laughs and making memories with new people, others remember a different experience entirely...

Going back as far as I can remember, University was always on my bucket list; a dream, a goal, and, more importantly for my younger self, a chance to party. Therefore, like many, I was sucked into the illusion that Freshers would be “the best week of my life”. Sadly, this was not the case. Imagine my disappointment!

I was sucked into the illusion that Freshers would be “the best week of my life”.

The fate of freshers hangs in the balance, completely dependent on one thing… the people you meet. With Coronavirus looming over so many of our university experiences last year, this became harder than ever.  For those lucky few, fresher’s offered a chance to bond over a lost smell and tasteless dinner, whilst others sat alone regretting ever moving away. Expensive wrist bands, long queues and awkward small talk seems to be common ground for many of us when we look back on our fresher’s experiences, and the moment when you realise that the probability of meeting the love of your life and your future bridesmaids during Freshers is slim to none, is the moment you become a student.

Fresher’s week is truly something you cannot get back… and I, for one, am glad.

Molly Jackson
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