Year one review: Moving in

This blog post comes with a slight disclaimer, no it doens’t contain sexual content, however it does contain information about drunken behaviour. Freshers week is a little blurry in my mind so this post may not always make sense. Hope you enjoy though. Image

The morning of the 24th September 2011 will always be a memorable one, its the day I left my family home and moved into my university halls. I remember packing up all my belongings I wanted to take. It turns out I didn’t take enough clothes but I guess I had to go there to work it out.

Packing everything into the car, we could barely fit my family and my belongings. Once we had completed the tetras game of getting everything into the car we started to drive away.

Slowly pulling out of the drive at my house, it seemed so strange to watch my house get smaller the same way it always had done, but this was so different. I wouldn’t be returning to the home. My Mum would come back the next day and carry on living her life while I was living else where.

Opening the door to my flat the new key and fob in my hand I was met by a long corridor 7 doors came off it. The first room on the right, E, that was mine. The corridor was filled with peoples belongings, everyone was trying to fit their life into a small room. The room in which a new life would begin.

After I had moved everything in, although not everything in place, my Mum and step dad left. They were staying in hotel in the center of town, it meant that they were close for my first night. If anything went wrong then they could help me, they were my safety net. Once they have left I went into the kitchen where some of my flat mates and some other people were playing drinking games. Some of the other people turned out to be my closest friend during the following year. After a number of drinking games we all decided it was time to get ready for going out.

Getting ready felt like the sort of thing you would see in a film. We had music playing in our corridor from one of my flat mates room. Three of us were running in and out of our room running into the kitchen to make our Pot Noodles. (Not the best idea for day 1 going drinking!)

While we were getting ready there was a knock at the door. I think I will always remember this moment. I was doing my makeup, Hannah was getting ready and Abi was on the phone. Abi was the one to answer the door, as I was next to the door I could hear the voices of a big group.

I walked out of my room to see the doorway filled with a group of guys. I didn’t know it at the time, but one of those guys. The one at the back, dark brown hair and a cheeky smile on his face. He wasn’t the first guy I saw in the group but by the end of the year, I would be dating him, in fact by the end of the year I would be in love with that guy.


Freshers Week

Freshers week is famous with all uni goers and more, but this blog will help you survive it and have fun.

Tip one- move in at the right time

This tip might seem strange because there are obvious times to move in but how will they help you enjoy freshers week? You want to try and move into your flat on the same day as everyone or at least before. My flat all moved in on saturday apart from one person who moved in the next day. Although a day seems like nothing, in the world of freshers it seemed like forever. I felt like i was best friends with some of my flat mates before the final girl had even moved in. So when she got there we were all close, had jokes about the night before and she knew nothing about them.

Tip two- Open the door
I have to admit my flat almost didn’t follow this rule but lucky we did. When anyone knocks on your flat door open it and welcome them in. While we were getting ready to go to out for the night. We had a knock on our flat door; me and one of my flat mates opened the door to a large group of guys. They tried to convince us they knew one of our flat mates and she invited us, and I hate to say that as they didn’t know her name and were very drunk we almost closed the door on them. Lucky we didn’t and one of those guys just happens to be my boyfriend

Tip three- become friends
Make sure you try to become friends with your flat mates. You will be living for at least a year and they are perfectly situated to be there whenever you need them. If your flat mates aren’t around or you already know you hate them move right along! Why not go to the flat across the corridor and become friends with them? Or do as my flatmate and take to facebook; everytime she had a free moment she would go on facebook and find someone in our halls to meet up with.

Tip four-search facebook before you arrive
There are so many things to do before you get to your halls on the first day, however a few of them will help you feel settled in before you get there. One of these is facebook; try searching for groups related to your course, halls or just uni if you have to. I had a group for my halls freshers of 2011, where we could all start talking before we even arrived. We also managed to make posts on our course and moving in times and who was in what flat. This meant i could see some of my flatmates before I arrived! Hello facebook stalking!

Tip five- make a list and check it twice
If its good enough for Santa its good enough for me! Before you go to uni make sure you know what you need to take and that you actually take it. I ended up forgetting my paperwork. It wasn’t a nightmare but I spent a week working out what I needed to do from a text.

Tip 6- Don’t get everything
Ok. So I may be going against what I have said before but you don’t need everything that uni tells you. My book list was at least 5 books long when I actually only need 2 books. The rest I read random chapters from and could easily borrow from the library. My boyfriend managed until the last term to get his, although its not recommended.

Tip 7- Freshers week is in the day aswell!

The boys at my uni seemed to forget that freshers week was also used to enroll onto our courses, meet our lecturers and on my course do some practice writing! I would highly recommend going to these as I made some great friends this week.

So there are my hints and tips for freshers week. I hope they help and leave your tips for others to read.

The Hangover

We all know you are you going to go out and drink too much while your at uni no one is going to stop you doing that. But I can try and stop you getting a hangover or at least help you deal with it!

Eat the stodgy food

The best place to start helping beat a hangover is before you even start drinking. Make sure you eat a proper meal before you start drinking. The best food for soaking up alcohol is carbohydrates! So try to eat pasta, bread or potato with your meal. I found that freshers week was the worst for this; the day I moved into halls we all started drinking before we ate and then indulged in a not-healthy or filling pot noodle. The end result was we were great friends the next day but also in bed all day nursing a hangover!

The Boring one

I have to admit that if you follow this rule you better than I am but I thought I should share it! Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. I told you it was boring but alcohol will dehydrate you so drinking water in between each drink will stop the dehydration and stop the headache.

Passe your self!

I am sure you laughed at the last tip so if you can’t drink water try to passe your drinks. The more time between each drink gives your body more time to digest your alcohol. Note: roughly it takes an hour to digest one unit of alcohol.

Back to the water

I know this post is all water, water, water! At the end of the night before you go to bed try and drink at least 3 glasses of water before sleep!

Get girly

Girls here is my favorite tip I can give you and it comes from my eldest sister! You get back at the end of the night and get your glass of water you need to drink before bed. Put on a chick flick and add some yummy ice cream! I have to admit the ice cream tastes great and the chick flick is a fun way to end the night especially with friends. Say thanks to Sister Confessions!

The morning after the night before

For ideas on how to combat the hangover when it’s the next day and it’s too late watch out for my post about how to save your self from suffering too much once you already have your hangover!

Stay tuned I’ll be back soon x

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