Settling in tips for new students
It looks as if absolutely everyone is having a great time. Lots of individuals worry that they are the only one taking more time to find their own way. In fact, we know that:
- Up to 40 per cent of new students feel somewhat or very homesick during welcome week.
- Many new students feel isolated and worry that everyone else is settling better than them.
- Celebrating arrival in large crowds is not to everyone's taste.
- Lots of people feel more comfortable in smaller groups.
- Lots of people stay in their rooms because they find the crowds not to their taste.
- Starting university anywhere is like moving to a foreign country. The impact of the culture shock involved is often underestimated. It doesn't hit everyone at the beginning. Some people find the period just after the Christmas break difficult; others experience a low period much nearer the beginning of their time here.
- Despite the stereotype, one in five students do not drink any alcohol. Don't allow people to pressure you into drinking or drinking more if you don't want to.
Tips for new students
Read your information - there is a lot to learn about your new University and much of that information can be found in the booklets that are sent to you.
Attend Welcome/Fresher's Week Events - this is a great time to meet and socialise with other new students to DMU. It's also a chance to join clubs and societies which is a great way to meet like minded people, and gives you a chance to find out more about your University and your Union.
Try not to get overwhelmed - it's easy to be stressed by living in a new environment away from home and usual networks. Remember that you are surrounded by people in the same situation. Things do settle after the first weeks; there are quieter things to do and people to talk to.
Keep an open mind - you will be meeting other students from different parts of the United Kingdom and the world. Remember that we are all different and that is exciting. People may speak, act, dress, and believe different things from you…embrace it!
Ask questions - you are never going to know unless you ask. Welcome/Fresher's Week is a great time to ask questions of staff and students. Do not be afraid to ask questions, they were new, too, at some point. If you want to know, the chances are, others will, too.
Explore - go to your local shops, walk around nearby streets, who knows what kind of things you'll find!
Classes - leave time to find your classes before they start. Also remember to turn off your mobile phone during class times.
People to help - there are people all over that are willing to help; look for the Welcome Crew, student ambassadors and fresher's reps who can answer any questions you have or talk to you about any problems you are facing. They can also help you to get involved and tell you what’s going on during the week. The Welcome Crew are here to support new students settle in at university.
Get involved - the best way to meet new people is by getting involved. Attend events or join a club/society. Smaller events can be useful for the times you may feel like chatting rather than partying.
Drinking at events - keep in mind that there are a lot of fun alcohol-free events during Welcome/Fresher's Week.