It’s fair to say that the first year of uni is pretty FULL ON.
It’s a glorious time for so many reasons. You meet hundreds of new people and forget everyone’s name. Live away from home and have to try and wash and iron your own clothes. Piggyback your flatmate’s Netflix account. Have a 2am emotional breakdown in the library the day before an assignment is due. Spend all your money on booze and live off nothing but cheese toasties and spaghetti hoops. We wouldn’t change it for the world.
Here are 10 very relatable things about First Year that will have you tagging your uni besties saying, “OMG LOL this is so us”.
1. Getting the dreaded Freshers’ flu
Lots of students + lots of alcohol = Freshers’ flu. It’s a thing.
Getting Freshers’ flu in your first year of uni is kind of a right of passage. Hi, welcome to uni, here’s an absolutely stinking cold to celebrate. *eye roll*
Who’d have thought that all the late nights, boozing, stress, poor diet and minimal sleep would wreak havoc with your immune system? You heard it here first, people.
2. Talking to people for 6 months without knowing their name
You’ve chatted to them almost every day since you started uni. You know how old their pet labrador, Archie, is. You know they enjoy long bike rides in the countryside and take their coffee with milk and two sugars. But you don’t know their name. Awks.
Of course, you should’ve just asked them what it was straight up and saved yourself the embarrassment, but you didn’t. ERROR.
So, get ready to call them, “mate”, “pal”, “chum” and “hun” for the rest of the year. You’ve only got yourself to blame.
3. A diet rich in Super Noodles
For many, Freshers is their first time living away from home. Which means no more Mum feeding you broccoli and green beans. You’ve got complete freedom to do what you want, and more importantly, EAT exactly what you want.
It’s a time when your weekly food shop consists of Pop Tarts, Super Noodles and Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream. Microwave meals become your best friend. And pasta is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What a time to be alive.
4. Being with your flatmates 24/7
During First Year, you’ll spend a LOT of time with your flatmates – especially if you live in halls.
With any luck, you’ll make some lifelong friends. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll binge watch Married at First Sight and Dinner Date for days on end.
You’ll play cricket in the kitchen using frying pans, you’ll hold each other’s hair back after a rough night out. You’ll demolish entire packets of Hob Nobs in one sitting and not even judge each other. These right here are unbreakable bonds.
5. Binge-watching Netflix for DAYS
When your Netflix account asks you if you’re “still watching” and you catch a glimpse of your reflection in the black screen, that’s when you know it’s time to stop your epic Love Island marathon and reassess your life.
And worse than that, you’re totally piggybacking your mate’s Netflix account, aren’t you? Anything to avoid that spenny £7 a month – student problems, right?
6. The library all-nighter
If we could sum up First Year up in a single scenario it would have to be: having 4 weeks to do an essay an starting it the night before the deadline.
Don’t worry, we’ve all done it. If you didn’t pull an all-nighter trying to finish an essay, did you even go to uni?
But, there’s good news, ’cause at most universities, the first year doesn’t even count towards your degree. So you can enjoy a whole year of blissful dossing around pretty much guilt-free.
(And if yours does count, whoops, gutted for you).
7. Putting off doing a wash for as long as humanly possible
With no Mummykins to wash your clothes and neatly fold them on your bed, washing is strictly up to you. But are you really ready to accept the baton of adulthood?
From deciphering what the cryptic laundry symbols ACTUALLY mean, to the dreaded red sock that slips its way into your light wash… There’s a lot that could go wrong.
So, naturally, you’ll wait until your dirty clothes pile is literally overflowing and you’re down to your very last (and very questionable) underwear options. Then, and only then, will you attempt a wash.
But ironing? Fat chance – just take it home to Mum at Christmas.
8. Joining literally every society
The Quidditch Society, Medieval Recreation Society, Curry Society, Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society, Extreme Ironing Society. (Yes, this is a thing).
At university, there’s no shortage of clubs and societies. With so many weird and wonderful ones to join, you’ll no doubt get a tad over-excited during the Freshers’ Fair and sign yourself up to just about everything. If you know, you know.
9. Being broke
So, you got a Macbook on finance, spent £18 on a cheeky Monday Wagamamas Deliveroo and bought a round of Jager Bombs for everyone at the bar last night. But you absolutely can’t afford to buy your compulsory course textbooks. It’s called priorities, ok?
Sadly, First Year is a time where you’ll discover how darn easy it is to spend all your money. The only comforting thing is that the majority of your peers are in exactly the same boat and you can all whinge about being pitifully poor together.
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