Harriet is twenty-one years old and has just completed her degree in BA (Hons) Digital Film Production. She will be graduating with a 2:1 Harriet got involved with Student Life because she enjoys writing and wants to continue this skill.
The first week of University can be daunting, especially if you are leaving home for the first time. It’s difficult to adjust with moving away from home and into student accommodation, but by surrounding yourself with good friends and coursemates it makes everything less intimidating. One of the best pieces of advice that I learnt during my first few weeks is that everyone is in the same boat. The majority of my coursemates had also moved out of home which made me feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Firstly, there are several different ways to get involved in activities at University of Suffolk and improve the overall experience by meeting new people. I discovered most of the University’s activities from social media and from the Freshers and Re-Freshers’ Fairs. I learnt about the Students’ Union Most Active Students sessions and regularly attended a wide variety of sessions including – Zumba, Pilates, Insanity and Self Defence. These weekly sessions are vital for students at a reasonable cost of just one pound per session and help students to meet new students.
Secondly, the Students’ Union societies only cost one pound per year and featured over twenty active societies. These are a great way to join a friendly community and attend enjoyable events where you can meet new people and make friends.
From my experience, there are a wide range of student bars and restaurants around Ipswich waterfront, which are great places to relax with friends and for attending social events. There are also weekly quizzes at Revolution Ipswich every Monday night, which are beneficial to meet new people and friends of friends. Once or twice a month, my flatmates and I would usually order a takeaway at weekends to catch up and take a break from our studies.
To conclude, I would advise any new students to follow the advice above to appreciate their time at University. It’s important to get involved with numerous University related events. Moreover, I would suggest hanging out with coursemates and flatmates to make your first week and University experience less overwhelming and more pleasant.