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How to survive freshers' week at a university abroad?

Freshers’ week at a university abroad – start afresh! Some tips and advice on what to do during your freshers' week at a university abroad. A must read for all Indian students.

Doodle Nandi
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Orientation week presents an excellent opportunity to make new friends. Since all these students are new to the college much like yourself, it should be easy to connect with them.

It's that time of the year when you are getting ready to fulfil one of those beautiful dreams that you have been dreaming ever since you were in school – begin your bachelors degree at your dream university abroad!

But before you leave your native country and get ready to let your hair down, you must be anticipating the grand orientation or freshers' week at your university. Freshers' week is an event where a college or university welcomes a fresh batch of bachelors to several programmes. A lot happens at a freshers' week!

We talk about what exactly happens during a freshers' week and throw some advice for your freshers' or orientation week abroad.

So what exactly happens during a freshers' week at a university abroad?

Apart from attending a grand welcome party, where you will be thinking over and over what dress to wear and who to befriend at the party, you’ll find yourself slightly busy checking all the welcome mails that your university would be sending you.

You’ll be hooked to the university website to know more about its social presence and opportunities that the university has on offer for Indian students. And you will be exploring almost all social channels of the university.

Social channels and the university website are two great ways to find out about the various clubs and organizations on campus that you may want to be part of.

However, you should not exhaust yourself in the beginning of your academic year, focusing too much on what the university has to offer you; rather take it slow because you will have three to four years to explore the university campus. There’s no need to rush through this whole experience in only a week.

This week can also be an excellent opportunity to make new friends – not necessary Indian friends. Since other students will be in the same situation as you, it’s usually easy to make friends during this time.

Also, this week is equally a good time to take previews of different classes. Since it can be challenging to determine which classes are the best, it’s a good idea to take each class one is interested in for at least one or two days. If an individual enjoys a certain class, he or she can sign up for it in future semesters. But this practice may not be followed in every university; you need to be aware of such norms beforehand.

Things to do in your freshers' week:

  1. Register yourself. This is done to ensure that you have arrived safely to the university, so they start sending necessary information to you, such as timetable, student ID card, and information about the campus and your accommodation.
  2. Attend meeting. Most universities conduct welcome meetings for freshers. This is an excellent way to learn about the course modules and get to know your teachers. This is a perfect opportunity if you want to strike a chord with some faculty.
  3. Needless to say, you’ll be making friends during this time, possibly a handful if not many. But freshers' week is the perfect time to start building bonds with different people that you might cherish lifelong.
  4. A very crucial point to note during the first week of your admissions is – take some time to look around before you settle down. A guided tour is perhaps the best way to do that. Talk to people and see what you can figure out about the university. It’s going to be tough for some students to settle down easily, so take your time.
  5. Since you would be managing on your own, it’s better to find out what types of food does the university offer. Still better, if you are planning to live in an apartment and cook your own food, do find out about the nearby shops to purchase your groceries.
  6. Freshers' week is the best time to experiment with the city life so that you can learn how to be street smart at times. Mixing with the locals is a great way to know the city and about your safety.

A freshers' week and what follows later is not going to be a cakewalk for you. You will have to work hard apart from enjoying fairs and freebies at several events. Do remember that just like you, there are many other students who had come all the way to study abroad for the first time in their life – some students might be the first-generation ones, meaning the first from their families to study. It’s always interesting to meet such people, and do help the people you meet as much as you can. You are going to learn a lot about life! Good luck.

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Nupur Verma Nupur Verma,
Study abroad expert.
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