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An Introvert’s Guide to Freshers

When starting university, there’s so much advice circulating out there, particularly when it comes to Fresher’s Week. ‘Make the most of it!’ people will say, stating firmly that ‘your university days are the best of your life.’ No pressure, right? A lot of freshers also find themselves having preconceived ideas of what university life shouldlook like, including myself. Even though my idea of a perfect night pre-uni was baking brownies in my pyjamas with friends and listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack, I put pressure on myself to feel like drinking and clubbing every night of the week. So let me begin by saying that whatever Fresher’s Week brings for you is entirely valid. Whether your highlight of the week is a night of dancing to Katy Perry at Cheesy Moles until 3am, or a cosy evening cooking and watching a movie, you’re doing awesome! Here are some extra tips for more introverted Freshers to ensure you get the most out of your first week at Bath.

1. Make Sure to Bring Home Comforts

Decorating your room in halls is the fun part of moving out for a lot of students, but most important for introverts is making your uni room the perfect home away from home whose importance cannot be overstated! Small things can make all the difference; rugs, blankets, cushions, pictures and posters all help to make your room feel a little more like home. Also of crucial importance is surrounding yourself with home comforts amongst the essential extension leads and empty bottles. Remember to pack your favourite mug and buy your favourite snacks for that perfect cup of tea  and episode of your favourite show to help you recharge before the next night of Freshers’ week. 

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Spend Time Alone

During Freshers you’ll likely meet more new people in a single week than you have in years. Don’t worry about taking some time out to recharge by yourself. Head into town and get your bearings, find a nice coffee shop (there are so many!), chill out in the beautiful Parade Gardens (free entry for Bath students!) and give yourself some time to process the move. There’s always so much happening on campus that you won’t be missing out, and some time alone can put you in a much better headspace for socializing and trying new things. 

3. Try Different Ways to Have Fun

Something great about starting uni is that there really is something for everyone, no matter what you feel like doing. Whether that’s a quiet afternoon painting with the fine art society, a lively social at the Bath Brew House in town or even heading to one of Bristol’s iconic venues for live music, you won’t be stuck for something to do. Keep an eye out for events including themed nights at Komedia (I loved their Drag Bingo!) that you can get a group together for a have a great time. Listen to your body and go along to as much or as little as you like, keeping it real with your friends when you feel like resting up. Chances are they will be feeling the same and you’ll end up having the greatest movie night!

4. Ask Family and Friends to Visit After Freshers

It’s completely natural to miss your friends and family when away at uni, particularly after the busyness of Freshers’ Week. Something I found helpful was inviting my parents to visit me in Bath rather than going home straight away; showing them around my new city gave me a sense of independence and made me realised how settled I was here, but also meant I got quality time with loved ones which was important after such a big life change. Bath is a beautiful place for people to visit so if you’re missing a friend, a partner or family member, maybe schedule in a weekend for them to stay sometime soon and start thinking about what you’d like to show them!

Finally, however you spend your Freshers’ Week, remember that this is just the beginning of your time at Bath. There are so many new and exciting experiences ahead of you . Good luck freshers, and may the odds be ever in your favour.

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