So summer is almost over and that can only mean one thing – freshers week is just around the corner. Hard to believe it’s going to be my fourth round at one of the biggest weeks on Dundee’s social calendar. For a lot of people who have just left school and got their place at university (congratulations) this will be your first freshers week experience.
Of course you have the serious stuff to do in your first week – matriculation, welcome talks, maybe register with a Dundee GP or join the gym at ISE? But to be honest one of the most important things you can do with freshers week is kick start your university social life. This is made a lot easier with DUSA’s ever impressive 8 day line up of events taking place in the union and around campus. In terms of nights out there’s something for everyone, with different events, themes and music across the 4 venues in the union building. Take a look at the line up here: https://www.dusa.co.uk/freshers/
Then you’ve got the freshers fair towards the end of the week on campus green, the perfect time to join one of the UoD’s many societies – around 150 of them! There are societies for hobbies, from chess to skydiving, and academic societies offering social events to allow you to get to know your course mates outside the lecture theatre, as well as good opportunities to boost your CV.
As if that wasn’t enough there’s also the chance join a sports team at the sports fair. Most of the sports teams offer “try it out” sessions, so even if you’ve never kicked a ball or hoisted a sail in your life you can give it a shot and see if it’s for you.
All that said, my best piece of advice to make sure you get the most out of freshers week – whether it’s your first or your fourth – is to get involved in as much as possible because it’s the best time to try something new and meet new people! Have fun!