We asked undergraduate ambassador, Anushree to share her top tips on how to make the most of your first week at university.
Welcome Week is the first week of your university life. During my first week at Warwick, I was introduced to Warwick’s diverse culture, its vibrant student community, and the abundance of opportunities that I could be part of. There is something for everyone. Welcome Week is such a busy time where you will be attending various events that you will quickly forget about any homesickness you may be feeling when you first arrive. As I look back on my first week on campus I wanted to share with you some of my tips on how you can make the most of this exciting and eventful time.
Settle into your new surroundings
Firstly, after arriving on campus and collecting the keys for your accommodation, it’s important you familiarise yourself with your residential tutors as they will be on hand to help you settle into your new environment. It is important to remember that you will be living with students from a diverse range of backgrounds so I would highly recommend organising a group dinner during your first few days so you get to know each other better. If you are an international student you should also prioritise collecting your residence card and setting up your student bank account during this first week. There is lots of support available from Warwick Wellbeing Support Services who can help you to settle into your new surroundings.
Attend as many events as you can
My next tip is to make sure that you participate in as many events as you can which will be happening on a daily basis across campus during Welcome Week. The Student Union host a variety of events for the whole week, enabling you to meet other students, make new friends, and ease your transition into university life. The sport and societies fair is a key event during Welcome Week where you can find out more about the sports clubs and societies that may be interested in being part of. There are more than 250 societies and over 65 sports clubs at Warwick so you’ll find there is something for everyone. During this event, you will have the opportunity to speak to the society and sports club members to find out more about the ones you are most interested in. You can also sign up to taster sessions giving you the chance to try something new!
Welcome Week is also a great opportunity for you to explore campus and discover the most scenic spots, department buildings, and the numerous cafes and eateries on campus. You can also familiarise yourself with the building(s) where you’ll be studying so that when your classes start you know exactly where to go. With so many different options of places to eat on campus, you will be spoilt for choice! My top tip would to make sure that you check out the weekly food market which is held every Wednesday at the Piazza.
Lastly, you may feel slightly overwhelmed during your first week on campus as you will be getting used to your new surroundings whilst trying to absorb lots of new information. My best tip would be to try and remain opened minded and to not put too much pressure on yourself. You will make new friends who will become your family during your time here.