Another year, another new load of fresher’s – the first hurdle: fresher’s week. Each college has their own traditions but they do stay pretty similar, unless you are of course Hatfield and have Freps who like to wake you up at 7am everyday with pots and pans!
Fresher’s week, as daunting as it may be, it is a great way to meet new people and to get to grips with college and university life. The best advice would be to get involved! Each college provides something that every student can find to suit them, whether that be in the form of clubs, societies, events, the bar, academia and much more. Use the initial week as your way to explore what your college has and begin to find your footing – I’m sure it won’t take you long!
To calm your nerves lets explain what Fresher’s week may be like for you. Firstly on arrival you will be greeted by your Fresher’s reps who will help you move into your room, get you settled and help you complete items on your checklist – they really are super helpful and friendly and are always happy to help so do not hesitate to ask them for help. The day is yours to get unpacked and mix with your corridor/roommate – if you find you have nothing to do then there will always be a chill out area, usually the college bar where you can chill and chat.
When evening settles, most colleges start the night off with a formal- an important part of your time at Durham where you get the opportunity to wear your gowns, in true Harry Potter style. The night will continue with a night organised by your college, such as a White T-shirt Party where you all mix and mingle in the bar with your marker pens at the ready, which may continue to one of Durham’s clubs. This of course is always optional and on offer every night will be a film and game night in the common room or tea and toast. Your night is what you make of it.
Throughout the week the Freps will continue to be there to help you and there are various college information sessions, the Team Durham Fair and College fair where you are able to sign up to clubs and societies. Don’t worry about remembering this all for you will be given a schedule and on your college fresher Facebook page you will be updated on the days plans.
One of the main parts of fresher’s week is Matriculation – this is absolutely compulsory and makes you an official member of Durham University, all within the magnificent cathedral and also the Fresher’s photo.
This all keeps your days busy and in the evening your college Freps will have organised a choice of activities that are optional to attend, such as a Full Moon Party, Fancy dress nights (tip – bring all your fancy dress to uni, it really is useful), Boat Party and of course the famous Klute nightclub.
Another famous part of Fresher’s week is meeting your college parents and siblings. Your college parents being second years who get given children who do similar things to them, they are great at supporting you throughout your entire time at University and during Fresher’s week there will be a night – called parenting night, whereby your parents take you and your family somewhere to get to know you better, always an unforgettable night.
I hope this hasn’t scared you and has calmed your nerves, for there really isn’t much to worry out and you are in safe hands of the amazing Freps.