Making the most out of Freshers Week 2019
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Welcome! We’re so pleased that you’re joining us to begin your studies at Plymouth University this year. Student Rooms 4 U is one of the most popular accommodation choices for student rentals and we’ll have met many of you already. This will be a nerve-wracking but also exciting time for you and it will absolutely fly by. Here’s a checklist of things to make sure you get the most out of your induction week.
The First Week
There are several things you should have on your ‘to do’ list for your first week at Uni. Here are some to make sure you allocate time to, in between making new friends and attending social events!
- Tech Registration. All week you can go along without an appointment to have your equipment registered on the National Property Marking Database.
- Dyslexic test. Do you think you might be dyslexic? While we can’t provide a diagnosis, the free computerised test, which you can go over with a Disability Advisor, could be a first indicator and prompt a more in-depth assessment.
- Sign up at the Medical Centre. Don’t wait until you’re feeling unwell – no-one wants to fill out forms when they’re under the weather, so get it done ASAP. Remember that many students will fall foul of ‘fresher’s flu’ in the coming weeks so it’s something you shouldn’t put off.
- Disabled Students Allowance. Are you entitled to a DSA and need help filling out your application? Go to the Wellbeing Centre to get it sorted.
- International Student Orientation Program. Has your journey to Plymouth involved more than a car/train ride? If you’re an international student, don’t miss out on your specialist orientation.
- Mental Health Support. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, either with being away from home for the first time, getting on top of your tasks, or any or issues you might have, you can drop in and see the lovely staff in the Wellbeing Centre to get help and support.
First Week Special Events
- Free Cream Tea. Yes, you read that correctly. Cream tea. For free. On Wednesday – Friday from 14:00 – 16:00, drop into the Chaplaincy to enjoy a sweet treat while making some new friends.
- Free Dinner. If you want to hop on the ‘free things’ bandwagon, head over to Sherwell church hall on Thursday evening at 17:00 or 17:45 for a free meal (vegetarian option, too). Also at the hall that night (at 19:00) will be the Chaplaincy quiz night, so come along for fun and friendship.
- Jumu’ah. If you’re a Muslim, Friday prayers will be held at 20 Endsleigh Place at 13:00.
Week Two Special Events
- Coffee, cake and conversation. Sound like your idea of heaven? Head to The Writing Café between 11:30 – 13:00 all week long to meet the Learning Development team and the Writing Mentors. These are the people who’ll be on hand throughout the year to talk about your studying and writing, whether that is an essay, report, short story or poem!
- More cream tea. All week, 14:00 – 16:00 in the Chaplaincy.
- More free dinner. Monday to Wednesday, 18:00 in the Sherwell church hall.
- Market Day. On Monday the 16th from 11:00 – 16:00, the food market by the SU is a great chance to try some local flavours.
- Soup Lunch. On Tuesday the 17th, head to the Chaplaincy at 12:00 where you can get hot soup and bread for just 50p. Bargain!
- Wednesday 18th Events. This day has lots of things going on. If you’re autistic, the autism Society Social Group has a meeting from 16:00 – 17:00. The UPSU Sports Fair runs from 11:00 – 16:00. The Faculty of Science and Engineering Welcome Party is from 19:15 – 21:45. And there’s a meet and greet with Jewish Faith Advisor in the Chaplaincy from 11:00.
- Thursday 19th Events. Another busy day kicked off with the UPSU societies and activities fair from 11:00 – 16:00. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (including Plymouth Business School) Welcome Party is from 19:15 – 21:45. Finally, the Chaplaincy is hosting a Quaker meeting at 13:00.
- Volunteering Fair. If you’re interested in doing something worthwhile with your free time while at Uni, head to the volunteering fair on Friday from 11:00 – 15:00 to see what options there are.
- Meet and Greet. Also on Friday there’s a meet and greet for any Hindu, Muslim or Quaker students wanting to connect with one another, in the Chaplaincy at 11:00.
- Saturday Event. The Mount Egdcumbe Walk is a gentle 4 mile (6.5km) stroll around the Country Park in Cornwall with views over Plymouth, organised by the Chaplaincy. Bring £4 for the ferry, a packed lunch, and waterproofs if necessary. Please wear sensible shoes for uneven terrain. Not suitable for people with limited mobility. Meet outside the Sherwell Centre at 10:45.
On Tuesday the 17th from 10am, come and grab a bunch of freebies from local businesses. It’s the biggest Fresher’s Fair in the South West so make sure you leave time to see the whole thing! To beat the crowds, head there when the doors open at 10am, or just before it finishes at 4pm.
Do Things! It’s a full-on fortnight of events that will leave you feeling knackered by the end, but this is the time to get involved and meet people, so don’t miss out.
Sign Up! There are countless clubs and societies at Plymouth Uni for students to make the most of. Whether you’re into sport or art, languages or science, boardgames or travel, there will be something for you.
Stay Safe and Well! Wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing, make sure you’ve planned where you need to be and how you’ll get home. Also, given that most students get the sniffles during their first month or so at uni, make sure you’re eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and have some flu medicine ready for when it no doubt makes the rounds!