Ah Freshers Week. A time of new experiences, abounding opportunities and excessive alcohol consumption.
Your first week of college will have you feeling joyful, terrified, awkward and excited- usually all at once.
Whether you're heading off to study in Dublin, Cork, Galway or anywhere in between, some experiences are an absolute certainty.
1. You'll meet your housemates and instantly forget someone's name
It's bound to happen. Tackle the situation WITH HASTE or prepare to spend the rest of the week awkwardly not calling them anything.
I forgot one of my housemates name this morning trying to talk to her, happy Wednesday man
— bobbi (@bobbilford) August 31, 2016
2. You'll spend a fortune joining clubs and societies that you'll never go back to
You think that now you're in college you'll be adventurous and learn to DJ, act in a panto, take a salsa class and do a sky-dive.
In reality you'll eat a lot of noodles and watch too much Netflix.
Having to return your new Penny's scarf that you bought that morning just to join the uni clubs/socs #StudentProbs
— Surrca™ (@SarahDoherty_26) September 23, 2015
3. You'll get lost on campus
Queue having to ask one of the "big kids" for help getting to your morning lecture. Mortifying.
first day of uni & I sat in the wrong class for 20 minutes before I realized it wasn't my class and got lost about 12 times around campus
— emilie lalonde (@emm_lalonde) September 6, 2017
4. You'll make week-long besties, then never see them again
It's inevitable that you'll form quick friendships at the start of college that fade once you find the people you really click with.
The thing about uni is a lot of the people you meet and become friends with are mad temporary...
— ???? (@nennsx) March 24, 2016
5. There'll be free pizza EVERYWHERE
One of the major perks of Fresher's Week is that you can't turn a corner on campus without encountering free pizza. Make the most of it because before long you'll be forking out for your own Domino's.
I wish free pizza all over campus was a permanent feature of uni and not just a freshers thing
— Dani (@dannnnnham) September 22, 2015
6. You'll have the campus nightclub rep on speed-dial
Or, you know, Snapchat. You'll quickly befriend that guy in your block with a raft of magic wristbands that get you into nightclubs for free. Messy Mondays won't know what hit them.
7. You'll learn the true value of naps
The fact that you used to spend full days in school without napping will boggle you. Now it's a struggle getting through two lectures.
8. You'll optimistically join the gym
And then not be seen there again until Christmas. Like at the clubs and socs fair, you'll be feeding off some vague notion of self-improvement.
Realised I move to uni in a week, which also means my gym membership starts. I am not physically or mentally prepared
— Chels Robinson (@ch_lsrobinson) September 10, 2017
9. You'll feel homesick a few days in
Whip out your phone, call your parents, shed a few tears, continue on. By the end of the week it'll feel like you've been there forever.
I've been up in cork 5 mins and already homesick.... I was made for the college life... ????????????????
— Rachaeeeelllll ❣ (@rachlooney98) September 9, 2017
10. You'll spend the week answering the same questions repeatedly
Where you're from, what course you're doing, where you're living and whether you'd be up for getting a burrito.
11. Your apartment will look vastly different at the start and end of the week
You move in and it's a normal, tidy dwelling. By Friday you've considered torching the kitchen rather than tackling THAT pile of washing up.
12. You'll buy booze over books
Older students will tip you off that "required" books for most modules aren't strictly necessary. They also cost a small fortune so you'll likely put the proceeds towards a few pints instead.
13. You'll tackle your required reading with enthusiasm at first
Then you'll fall into an endless cycle of procrastination, Netflix binges and stress-skimming for the rest of your degree.
14. You'll come home broke, tired and ready to do it all again
You'll get home to Mam and Dad at the end of the week you'll feel as though you've been away for months.
With tired eyes and not a stitch of clean clothing to your name, you'll arrive back and feel true appreciation for the comforts of home.
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