My name is Georgia, I’m 22, and I’m in my final year of Nursing at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
I went through the hassle of unpacking everything and tiding up all of my stuff on day one. I thought of buying a bundle for all the parties available during Fresher’s week, however my induction table was too busy to actually be able to join any of those events, hence I saved my money and focused on socialising with my new course-mates and flatmates while staying sober. 😀 I joined two Facebook groups: one of my cohort and one of the hall I was living in. This was very helpful to keep up to date with events and meeting new people.
On the one hand, my first week as a nursing student was busy and a little bit stressful. I had induction lectures every day from 9 to 5, contrary to what I had expected. The induction lectures, such as fire safety, security, travel/parking, uniform fitting and some others were quite boring. I had to go to an occupational health appointment to get a Hep. B booster and send off an application for a criminal check (compulsory for nursing students) which was no fun at all.
On the other hand, I did join fun events, such as the Campus Quiz and the Clubs and Societies’ Fair, which were really interesting. I went to the Fresher’s fair and got a bunch of free stuff, including free pizza and discount vouchers for various places (e. g. restaurants, gyms, cafes, shops and night clubs). I went to a charity bike auction where I got a 2nd hand bike for a fraction of the original price. I also took advantage of an annual ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle pots & pans’ sale where I bought a lot of kitchen essentials for about 50 p. per piece. I didn’t get drunk in my first week, however I explored the beautiful campus with green areas and still had a lovely time. My top tips for new students are:
- Live by the 7 P’s (Proper, Prior, Planning, Prevents, P*ss, Poor, Performance). 😛 …thank me after you submit your dissertation in year 3
- Remember that 1st impression matters a lot.
- Don’t skip lectures.