Fresher’s Week Survival Guide

As the days go by fresher’s week is approaching and so many students are wondering how amazing fresher’s week is going to be. Except what they don’t think about is how unwell they’ll become if they don’t care for themselves or the practical decisions to make in order to make sure you don’t blow all of your money during the week and be left without any money at all for the rest of the term. Having experienced many fresher’s weeks I’ve managed to learn a few tips and tricks in order to survive the most incredible but exhausting week you’re about to experience. 

So, continue to read on about how you can survive your first week from uni. Remember to be careful when enjoying your week, you’ll more than likely be in a new place with new people and as exciting it is, not all people can be trusted. Ensure you never leave your drink alone and to be safe when heading out and not to head home alone. Please don’t feel pressured into doing anything you don’t particularly feel comfortable doing and make sure you know your drinking limits. 

1- This is probably the most important tip I have to cope through fresher’s week. Budget, by doing this you’ll be able to set aside money for each night that you’re out and as long as you stick to it you won’t end up completely bankrupt and calling your parents asking for money before the week even ends. I suggest planning a budget on the day you get there or the day before and budget for around £30 a night and to buy alcohol from a supermarket for pre-drinks as this is the way to get drunk and you won’t have to spend as much money when you’re out. You more than likely won’t go out every single night as well, which does follow onto my next tip.

2- Fresher’s week does fly by and with that at the end you’ll be exhausted and the dreaded fresher’s flu will begin. To prevent having the worst cold of your entire life, take a few nights out. You may find you aren;t interested in some of the events that are being held and on those nights I totally recommend having a hot bath/shower, have a proper meal and head to bed for an early-ish night. Yes, the old lady in me has come out but it’s so important that you maintain your health and well-being during the week and the continuing term. 

3- You’ll find across the week that you’re going to meet people or a specific someone that you think is totally incredible and gorgeous and with that.. well you know what happens. Ensure you take precautions to stop any unwanted accidents happening. Whether you visit your local doctor before heading to uni to be placed on birth control, condoms are still an important factor of safe sex. 

4- You’ll definitely have your fair share of take-away’s during the week but try and have a few properly cooked homemade meals. Doing this will provide you the nutrients and a healthy balanced diet as well as a method to help you last longer whilst you’re out. It’s never nice to feel starving, bloated and unwell when you’re drinking and yes, heavily drinking. 

5- Do other things than just drink. You’ll be in a new place and it’ll all be totally differnt, yes you’ll have three years of your life to explore but you’ll find that people in your building will be doing certain things. So get involved and this is an extra important thing to do as you’ll be able to meet friends outside of your flat. 

There we have it, some tips and tricks on how to survive freshers week safely and appropriately! I hope you enjoy your first fresher’s week and continue to enjoy your degree, it’ll be the fastest years of your life but the most incredble and rewarding experience you’ll ever have. 

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Aber Petting Zoo // 2016

I spent this whole weekend hanging out with Mwnci See Ultimate Frisbee at their 2016 Petting Zoo tournament and I had an excellent weekend, so I thought I would let you guys know about the Sport that is Ultimate Frisbee and what I got up to.

Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact sport played with a flying disc. Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Players must not take steps whilst holding the disc and interceptions, incomplete passed and passes out of bounds are considered turnovers. Each game lasts for 15 minutes and is generally a friendly game with 5 players per team.

Aberystwyth Ultimate Frisbee is run by a committee of students who get together each week to train in preparation for tournaments but also to have fun in a stress-free environment from deadlines and academic work. 9 teams from across Wales showed up in Aberystwyth for a weekend full of fun, frisbee and to do what students do best, drink alcohol. The teams consist of students and graduates from Swansea and Aberystwyth, as well as a local club from Bridgend to compete in 2 days full of games and by the end of the weekend one team will leave as Aber Petting Zoo champion. *ooooh!*

This weekends teams were:

Aberystwyth

  • Mwnci See
  • Mwnci Do
  • Baby Mwnci
  • Aber Au (Aberystwyth Alumni Team)

Swansea

  • Hywel I Met Your Mother (Swansea Alumni Team)
  • Swansea: Return of the Ol
  • Swansea: Empire Throws Break
  • Swansea: A New Poach

Bridgend

  • Frizee Rascals

 

By the end of the weekend the teams had battled it out and at the end of the tournament the winners were announced. The winners were so well deserved and each team played brilliantly and fairly. A massive well done to all the teams who competed and the final winners were:

Best Spirit – Hywel I Met Your Mother
Party Animals – Swansea: Empire Throws Break
Spoon – Baby Mwnci
Bowl – Swansea: Return of the OI
Plate – Swansea: A New Poach
Cup – Hywel I Met Your Mother

Overall the weekend went brilliantly, the teams thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and I really enjoyed watching them play and having out with the Aberystwyth Committee. My boyfriend, Matt is Tournament Organiser and I couldn’t have been more proud of how well the weekend turned out. Knowing how hard he worked with the other committee members to make sure the weekend went well makes me even prouder of his achievements.

A huge well done to Charlotte (President), Chris (Secretary), Emily (Captain), Adam (Vice-Captain), Tyler (Coach) James (Coach) and George (Social Secretary) for their efforts in making the tournament run so smoothly and completing their first event as a committee. You worked brilliantly together as a team!

 

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Returning to Aberystwyth

I am finally back in Aberystwyth in time for my third and final year in university. After spending three long months at home with my parents, I’m now ready to prepare myself for the most stressful year of my life, as of yet. I’ve been really looking forward to being independent again and not having my mother do everything for me (Am I normal?), getting on with uni work and spending quality time with my faves. I moved into a new house in uni accommodation with my friends and freshers week has begun. I’m mentally preparing myself for the dreadful fresher’s flu and I’m not excited one bit. Along with a cold, having only been back for only 10 days I’ve some how fractured my wrist, I know total shocker! My friends, family and I are all so baffled to how it’s happened. I’m so accident prone it’s ridiculous haha!

I’m super excited that the colder weather is approaching and the countdown to Christmas has begun. My favourite time of year is finally here!

Aberystwyth is a beautiful place to live and for me, it’s biggest features are having the beach on my doorstep as well as the sense of community which is adopted whilst living here. It’s such a comfortable place to live and makes you feel right at home from the start. It’s totally captivating and I utterly love it here.

I really enjoy the start of a new academic year when everybody is reunited, the sports clubs and societies are on the hunt for new recruits and many of us are dreading the awful 9ams. Since being in Aberystwyth I haven’t joined a sport or society and I feel like this is something I want to do this year. I’m headed down to the sports fair this week in hopes to find one that I really wanted to join. In desperate times I joined Badminton, because it seemed like the only sport that I would be good at. Kinda feels pointless now I’ve fractured my wrist and today is try outs.. uh oh. Not only do I want to join a sport for the exercise but as well to become healthier and more enthusiastic about exercise. I also want to do some volunteering throughout the academic year to help boost my CV and masters application so I applied for Home Start. Home Start is a community based organisation that help families with their every day tasks as well as to provide support and guidance that will make their lives easier.

For my third and final year at Aberystwyth University I hope that I can become more involved with the university and meet new people along the way!

So, here is a little look into my life in Aberystwyth as a university student.

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