7 Freshers’ Fair do’s and don’ts you should know

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Freshers’ Fair is one of the pivotal parts of Freshers’ Week; it’s an opportunity to check out societies, explore the university and meet new people. Sounds pretty important, right? That’s why I’m sharing my tips today on how to make the most of the Freshers’ Week Fair…

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Make a separate email address. During Freshers’ Fair, you’ll find yourself signing up to a lot of things; whether it’s something you’re actually interested in or you’re just doing it for freebies. To save your normal email address from being constantly spammed, get a new one and use it to sign up.

DON’T…

Sign up for things just because the people you’re with do so. If you’re not interested in something at all, yet everyone you’re with is signing up for it, don’t feel obliged to do the same. There’s so many other things that you could be doing instead that you’d actually enjoy.

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Make sure you get there early. Freshers’ Fair is usually on for most the day or spread across a few days, but if you want to nab the best freebies and get involved with some of the activities, I would definitely recommend getting there earlier in the day rather than later. You may want to lounge about after a night out, but you’ll be grateful you got up early when you’re going home full of pizza and with a bag brimming with freebies.

DON’T…

Avoid new things just because you’re nervous. There’s so many different opportunities at university, many of which could be your first chance of trying things and so, it’s normal to be nervous but don’t let that get in the way of you trying new things.

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Bring a bag. Bring several, if you’re feeling lucky. Like I’ve said in the previous points, the freebies are a big part of Freshers’ fair and so, to make sure you’re not struggling to carry it all, make sure you take a bag to make life that little bit easier for you. You don’t want to miss out on good freebies just because you’ve run out of hands to carry them in, do you?

DON’T…

Feel like you have to sign up for a society straight away if you’re not sure. While people act as though your only chance to sign up for societies is during the Freshers’ Fair, you’ll have other chances to sign up for most of them. So, if you’re not sure, don’t feel pressurised to make a decision straight away. You can go away and think about whether you’d actually like to be part of the society.

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Ask if you want more information on something. Moving to university can be daunting, and it’s normal to have loads questions about the experience. The people at the fair are there to help so if you’re stuck, want advice or just some information, so don’t be afraid to speak up.

Want to know more about what happens during Freshers’ Week? Check out our Freshers’ Week FAQs with answers to the most common questions.