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Talking about exams

  

📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

So exams have finished which means my first year of university is over, let summer begin! I can’t believe I’m thinking about exams, let alone writing about them but I wanted to answer any questions that you may have about exam season at university.

I guess it all begins when you receive your exam timetable. Although you’ll know about your exams long before this (hopefully) this is when it suddenly seems real. The exam timetable informs you of the date, time and location of your exam enabling you to imagine it and panic! My course is predominantly coursework and therefore I didn’t even think about exams until the timetables were released.  I have only had one exam this summer but some of my flat mates have had five so the intensity of your exam period is totally dependent on your course.

I found this exam season incredibly different to A-levels in that you aren’t required to attend lessons or be around peers/teachers and therefore revision at university requires a huge amount of discipline! Consequently, I’d recommend making a revision plan before you even try to begin. Once lectures are over the whole of the university has one week set aside for revision and then a three week exam period. There is of course the choice to stay at university and revise or head home. Some people find that they can work better at home in their familiar environment however personally I get distracted too much at home and can’t even concentrate for more than 10 minutes (lesson learnt for next year!) Plus, there are so many places to revise at university which can help prevent insanity because I’ve found that variety is good.  Many people revise in their rooms or flats, others head to the library, some settle in the eateries and cafes and if the weather is nice you’ll see lots of students outside.

So the dreaded day has arrived and you’re about to sit your first exam either feeling prepared or a little under prepared. One thing that has taken a bit of getting used to are the 4:30pm exams, here at the University of Bath exams can either be at 9:30am, 1pm or 4:30pm. I don’t know about you but by 4:30 I’m done with the day and ready to curl up in bed with a hot chocolate and a film! Honestly, they’re the worst but at least for those who feel underprepared it does provide an extra bit of precious last -minute revision time. The exams are normally held in the main sports hall (Founders Hall) but when that is full other students sit their exams in lecture theatres or seminar rooms. Days pass and the same routine occurs: you wake up, you revise, you sit an exam, you sleep but eventually you walk out of your final exam and your summer starts then!

Relaxing in the sun with exams behind me!

Relaxing in the sun with exams behind me!

I have had the best time celebrating the end of my exams in Bath, there is so much to do and it is even better when the weather is nice. My favourite thing has been to grab a drink and sit by the lake if it is sunny. I’ve also enjoyed using the free time to explore Bath as a city, playing crazy golf in Victoria Park and taking a picnic to the royal crescent. Once the exam period is over the University holds a summer ball which includes a variety of music acts, a fair and street performers, as well as much more! It is a great way to celebrate the end of the year with your whole flat.

One final tip: if you’re lucky enough to finish exams early don’t celebrate too obviously in front of those you know who still have exams – it doesn’t go down too well!

 

Exploring the beautiful city of Bath!

  

📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

Being at university in Bath has the amazing advantage of living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country (an opinion shared by many). If you’re not already sold by the University of Bath, then the city should definitely do it! Being a first year student I haven’t spent a huge amount of time in the city, mainly because everything I could possibly want is on campus so I have no need to! However, when friends and family visit I love showing them around- so this blog will basically tell you how beautiful Bath is and the best things to do with your time in the city!

The various walks around Bath are the perfect thing to do when family visit and I have also enjoyed them with flat mates. Bath is known as a world heritage site for a reason, and many of the walks combine the stunning architecture of the city with the beautiful countryside and stunning views. Recently, when my family visited, we ‘walked to the view’ a route that starts and finishes right next to Bath Abbey. It was a perfect summer’s day and it was great to sit on the top of a hill looking over Bath in the sun – all we needed was a picnic! I have also completed the ‘Skyline Walk’ which is slightly longer, it took 6 hours for us but then again, we did get lost! It is, however, great to do with friends as it starts from the university and again has great views of the city. One thing my friend from home loved was a casual stroll along the canal whilst having a much needed catch up.

Enjoying the skyline walk with flat mates

Enjoying the skyline walk with flat mates

Another place to visit is the Roman Baths and I feel that this is a must as a Bath student. I took my grandparents here and they loved it. I was unsure (history is not my thing) but actually ended up really enjoying it! The attraction is right in the centre of the city and is therefore incredibly easy to get to. Also, note that as a student in Bath you get in free so definitely worth a visit!  Why not try out ‘The Roman Bath’s Kitchen’ afterwards for a spot of lunch? It is delicious!  Right next to the Baths is the iconic Abbey so make sure to show people around whilst you’re there, the inside of the Abbey is particularly impressive so pop in and have a look.

A trip round the Roman Baths

A trip round the Roman Baths

One other thing that is obligatory as a University of Bath student is a photo in front of the royal crescent. Any friends and family that visit will no doubt want to make a trip to the royal crescent – Bath is famous for it! Just don’t forget the photo! Right behind the Royal Crescent is the Royal Victoria Park which is a perfect place to visit. It has stunning gardens as well as crazy golf and tennis courts to keep everyone entertained!

I saved the best till last, shopping! In my opinion, there is nowhere better than Bath. It has the perfect balance of high street stores and exclusive boutiques. Being a student, window shopping is a regular occurrence, but I still love it! A family favourite is ‘Fudge Kitchen’ every time they visit Bath my family are eager to go and try out some delicious fudge. The well-known Pulteney Bridge also has an array of shops which makes it a great hit with visiting family- especially as it was used in the filming of a Les Miserable scene- there’s a fun fact to tell your visitors! After all of that shopping you will most definitely be feeling like some refreshments. My advice would be to visit ‘Sally Lunn’s’ which is Baths oldest house turned into an eatery, make sure to try out the famous ‘Bath Bun’ whilst you are there.

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge

I hope this blog has helped you realise that you will never be bored in Bath, and made you excited to show your friends and family around in the future. One of my favourite things to do is show off this beautiful city that I now get to call home!

 

A Social life: having one and funding it!

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📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

University is definitely not all about work and study, it is so important to have fun and to take some time out from studying. I’ve loved the social side of university so far and I hope I can give you a flavour for what it is like here at the University of Bath. Of course, it is difficult to fund a social life, especially when you are a student and perhaps find yourself in charge of your own money for the first time, so I hope to give you some handy tips too!

There is a good night life in Bath (despite what you may have heard!) with a number of student nights running at various clubs throughout the week. A personal favourite is Moles on a Tuesday night where they play all the very best cheesy songs! However when getting the bus into town seems like just too much effort there are two nights a week put on by the Students Union (SU) on campus. Score takes place on a Wednesday night and is mainly attended by sports teams but is open to all, Klass takes place on Saturday night and is great to go to as a flat because it is so convenient, with it being on campus. Each Saturday is a different theme which can provide great opportunities for dressing up!

Klass: one of the weekly club nights at the SU

Klass: one of the weekly club nights at the SU

If this kind of nightlight isn’t for you then the SU has a variety of other events during the week, such as a quiz night, film night and an open mic night. The quiz night is great for bringing out people’s competitive sides and the SU has been known to show some classics on film night.

As well as these events which are organised for everyone, there are also events put on by specific societies for their members. I am a member of the Baking Society and we have fortnightly socials where we basically just eat cake (what is there not to love?). Also BAPS (Bath Association of Psychology Students) has regular socials such as pizza nights, bar crawls and trips to Bristol, I know that societies for other courses have similar events. These are just the societies I am part of, there are so many more and I guarantee there will be at least one that takes your fancy! Have a look at our Student’s Union website for a full list of the societies here at Bath.

One of many societies you can be part of!

One of many societies you can be part of!

So you’re probably wondering how, as a student, you are supposed to have enough money to enjoy these kind of events. Well, I have to admit it has been a learning curve but I am finally starting to feel like I can budget well and have enough money to enjoy myself. My first tip would be to be disciplined when buying food. It is so easy to see all your favourite foods on the shelf, transfer them to your basket and before you know it you have spent a fortune, so make a list before you go shopping and only buy what you need – planning meals for the week really helps with this. I have also made the most of getting food from home when I visit or getting my parents to take me food shopping when they come to visit me.

Valentine's themed bake!

Valentine's themed bake!

My second tip would be to make the most of discounts! Whether that be downloading vouchers from emails you’d have previously moved to ‘trash’ or visiting food shops late at night as they apply discounts. A great way to save money is to have an NUS card, which will make sure you can get all the student discounts you are entitled to.  I have found that one very costly aspect of University is travelling so be sure to get a railcard/National Express card and consider getting a saver bus ticket if you think you will be using it regularly at University.

 

Psychology at Bath: an insight

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📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

Time for another blog and now that Semester 2 has begun I am feeling a lot more motivated and am therefore in the mood to chat about my course. I’m on the 4 year psychology course which includes a placement in my third year. So far I am loving it! My course is so interesting and the lectures are really varied and engaging.

I’m sure you’ve sensed a ‘but’… the course is quite a bit harder than I expected it to be. This maybe because I had unrealistic expectations but it is taking me a bit of time to get used to the workload and the standard of work required. I guess I did sign up for it! Thankfully the support given to us by members of staff in the department and older peers is great- I don’t know what I’d do without it! I also think coming from a state school has meant I’ve been a little less prepared for university by my teachers due to large class sizes etc. but in other ways it has been to my advantage so I can’t complain.

My favourite module so far has to be ‘Mind and Behaviour’- it is pretty much the foundation of psychology and covers everything from the history of psychology to why we dream. It’s a huge lecture as all psychology students take this module as well as students doing other degrees such Social Sciences who can take it as an optional module. This module is co-ordinated by Ian who is great, and manages to hold my attention for 2 hours which is pretty impressive! He also tries each week to tie his t-shirt into the content of the lecture which can be quite amusing.

The main course text for Psychology

The main course text for Psychology

There are some modules that I have particularly struggled with, for example research methods. I think this is probably because I prefer writing essays than scientific reports and this module is assessed via numerous lab reports. Saying this the feedback I have received each time has been extremely helpful in helping me improve so I’m getting there! This semester we are tackling a new model called ‘Quantitative Methods’. I have been really nervous about this as I am aware that it focuses on statistics and I haven’t done maths since GCSE and that feels like a long time ago. Our lecturer told us to make friends with mathematicians and I am planning on doing just that!

As part of our course we are required to pick an optional module and there’s such a great variety to choose from. Some of the options include: cell biology, a foreign language, exploring effective learning and psychological skills. I have picked the modules that make up the psychology stream (psychological skills). These have been great for me as they’ve allowed me to develop a broader knowledge of psychology and also to develop the skills needed to complete the course to the best of my ability. My flatmate, who also studies psychology, follows the neuroscience stream and therefore completed the cell biology module and she loved being able continue with biology beyond A-level.

Unfortunately all these modules have to be assessed- I sometimes forget this and have to be reminded! However, I am actually enjoying the variety of assessment methods used. For example we’ve had essays, exams, group presentations, poster presentations and online debates. Not many degree courses give you that variety!

My psychology timetable

My psychology timetable

It’s also worth a mention that our timetable is relatively quiet (around 10 contact hours a week) –much to the disgust of my flatmates who study maths! However the time we have off is needed to complete the reading we are required to do. The timetable is varied and includes lectures, seminars, lab sessions and workshops.

Overall I am really enjoying the psychology course here and with the staff, lectures and resources I am feeling very privileged to be able to study such a fascinating subject in such a great place! If you have any questions about anything to do with the course please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Facilities at the University of Bath

  

📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

Now that my exam is complete and revision is no more (fist pumps) I thought I’d write about the facilities at the university at Bath – which are great! Honestly, I hardly ever feel the need to leave the University. Almost everything you could ever want is within 5 minutes walking distance when you live on campus. In this blog I will tell you a bit out the library, Sports training village (STV) and the eateries on campus.

Firstly, the library. I’ve got to say this is the one I’m least familiar with! Its open 24/7 for starters so for that last minute revision or looming deadline it’s perfect. Different floors have different policies regarding talking so it suits all types of learners, whether you work best in complete silence or , like me, prefer a bit of background noise. Tip - there are vast amounts of computers in the library, just don’t sit in front of one with your laptop, they’re in high demand and you won’t be very popular! The library is very spacious though so there are plenty of places to work.

Bath's brilliant Library

Bath's brilliant Library

It’s best to use the level that is home to the resources for your subject. For example the books and articles relating to psychology are on level 5 so if I work there I have quick and easy access to any papers I may need- handy! What is even more convenient though is the online search engine which allows you to see whether the book is available and exactly where, in the library, it is located. The ground floor of the library has areas of sofas and tables for group work and I have used these because after all it saves having to tidy your room before inviting your group members over!

Study area in the Library

Study area in the Library

Secondly, a facility I’m pleased to say I do use, the STV. I didn’t even look round this facility on the open day as exercise and sport is not my thing. However now I’m here I realise how lucky we are at Bath with the sports facilities and I really enjoy using it. At the beginning of the year I paid for an off-peak gym membership which cost £190, I have really tried to budget well and not spend too much money but, in my opinion, this is very reasonable. The gym is also available for use by the general public but at a higher price.  A peak membership is a little more expensive and with mine I can use the gym till 3pm on weekdays and 7pm at the weekends which suits me just fine – don’t want to be doing too much exercise!

Entrance to the Sports Training village (STV)

Entrance to the Sports Training village (STV)

Included in the gym membership is access to classes and the opportunity to work with a member of staff to produce a personal exercise plan. It is well worth buying because the gym is great, really well equipped and I have found it the perfect way to escape from coursework and revision whilst keeping fit at University. The STV also has a huge swimming pool which I am yet to use but really want to! This is free for students to use so don’t forget to bring your swimming gear!

Last but certainly not least, food! There is so much choice, it’s so easy to just eat like a king and forget about the money you’re spending and the weight you’re gaining, oops! My personal favourite is The Limetree which has an Italian section selling a variety of pizza and pasta dishes as well as a salad bar and a choice of three homemade meals a day. In Fountain Café you can get burritos, fajitas, jacket potatoes, noodles, the list goes on! My flatmates favourite however is Parade Bar which has a huge selection of burgers which I must say, are delicious! Most of these eateries sell food throughout the day and also provide great social spaces to meet up with friends or get a bit of work done.

The Limetree

The Limetree

 

 

Revision and exams in January

  

📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

Not really!

I was at home for Christmas (yay!) when writing this post.

Semester one was unforgettable but I was so ready for the Christmas break. Home cooked dinners, someone to do your washing and oh wait… revision! When I started University I didn’t really think I’d be back to revising so soon. However, we fortunate psychology students only have one timetabled exam in January and in comparison to the previous years of January A-level mocks I can cope with that, at least I think I can. We also have an open book, multiple choice exam due in January but I made sure I completed this before coming home to make sure I had maximum time to enjoy the festive season with family and friends.

As well as these exams there are various pieces of coursework due in for January, and so I made sure to start these as soon as possible. The less coursework you have to do in exam week the better! Personally, I’d also like to have a complete break after my exam and not have to worry about more deadlines.

Busy revising!

Busy revising!

So revision…. It’s going ok, I’ve made a good start although motivation was in slightly short supply once I was back home. My Christmas part time job meant that I had even less time, although sometimes I think I work better when my time is more pressured.  I’ve mainly been using Moodle for revision which is the University’s e-learning platform and has pretty much everything you could ever need for revising and so far it’s been a life saver. I’ve particularly found the lecture recordings useful for going back to remind myself of certain points I’d forgotten (we all daydream sometimes!) The PowerPoints and practice exam questions are also very useful.

The University has been so helpful in preparing us for exams so far. Prior to finishing semester one we had a revision session with exam tips and a chance to ask any questions. In addition to this, there was an opportunity to hand in some practice essays to be marked with detailed feedback on how to improve. I didn’t complete these which I regret after seeing the amount of feedback and guidance other course mates received so will definitely be making the most of that kind of opportunity next time! As undergraduate students we also get assigned peer mentors who are second year students doing the same degree as us, it is great to be able to chat to them about the course and get some guidance on answering exam questions.

After Christmas we have a week known as ‘revision week’ which is just that, many students will head back to campus to do some focused, last minute revision but I also know some of my flatmates are planning on staying at home for the extra week because they feel that’s where they work best , it is completely an individual’s decision. I personally have decided to go back to Bath, I think I’ll be less distracted there. Also I feel that any burning questions are more likely to be answered at university, by peers and lecturers, than at home – not sure my parents even understand what psychology is!

All this exam talk is making me daydream about how blissful inter semester break will be – complete freedom! This week is a chance to relax after the exam period before semester 2 begins and we do it all over again! I know many students chose to stay at university this week, others head away for a week with friends and some will head home. I’m planning on doing some uni-hopping to visit friends.

When you next hear from me it’ll all be over- see you on the other side!

 

'Tis the season to be jolly in Bath

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📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

I know some people will not accept this statement until December 25th but in Bath, Christmas has arrived! The city has become even more beautiful since the festivities begun. It all started with the Christmas light switch on which I missed due to illness (sympathy welcome.) However I do know that this event had music, food and all things christmassy so I’m sure it was a good one.

Merry Christmas from Southgate Shopping Centre

Merry Christmas from Southgate Shopping Centre

Thursday 26th November saw the arrival of the Christmas markets – some of the best in the country. Having visited the markets in both Manchester and Birmingham they are the best I’ve been to. Although my first trip was in the wind and rain our Christmas spirits could not be dampened. I love how the huts are mainly around the Abbey, it makes the perfect backdrop, especially when it is so tastefully lit at night. The markets have everything from cute Christmas gifts to wooden ties (yep I was as surprised at this concept as you probably are.) There is also no end of food and drink, I bought some yummy fudge from one stall whilst my friend got some roasted chestnuts from another, not forgetting the mulled wine! It is the perfect opportunity as well to get family and friends down to Bath to explore the markets with you.

 Bath Christmas Market surrounding the Abbey


Bath Christmas Market surrounding the Abbey

Another Christmas addition to the city is the ice rink, I am not an ice skating fan (mainly because I cannot stay on my feet for more than 10 seconds at a time) but I have heard that this is magical if you are. Some departments even hire the rink out, so ice skating fans- choose your degree wisely! Bath is busy at the best of times, especially to me coming from a town rather than a city, but nothing had prepared me for how busy it would be around Christmas! It is a bit of a pain because the bus journeys to and from campus are considerably slower however it just shows the popularity of the markets! Other events I’m looking forward to include the carol services held in the Abbey and the various Christmas balls – so exciting!

Christmas tree outside the abbey

Christmas tree outside the abbey

On a smaller scale my flat has also entered enthusiastically into the Christmas spirit. Over the past few weeks those returning from home visits have bought back numerous Christmas decorations. However the most exciting of all was a Christmas tree which has now been unusually decorated with beer cans, not quite sure how I feel about this…  We have planned a flat Christmas meal which I am very much looking forward to, although organising a meal for 18 people is going to be challenging.

Our flat Christmas tree!

Our flat Christmas tree!

A tip I wish I’d had would be to look out for job opportunities in the markets/ice rink. My course mate secured a barmaid position on one of the stalls which will help her to fund Christmas! If you're interested your can Find more info about part-time student work at Bath here.

On this note, I have had to job hunt for something in my home town for over Christmas as the whole season is proving expensive! We’ve organised secret Santa within the flat and my friendship group from home and then on top of that there’s family to buy for and Christmas meals/trips out to pay for. Job searching was stressful especially as I was the only one in my flat looking for part time work over Christmas, so if that might be you then think in advance where you could contact.

I’m loving December in Bath, and I’m sure now you will understand why, but I still cannot wait to go home for Christmas. My dad is coming to pick me up mainly because the train home is complicated and expensive but also because I have a lot of baggage that I want to take back. The thing I am most looking forward to Is simply spending time with my family, although sitting on a sofa and walking on a carpet will be blissful (both these experiences are lacking in the Quads.) I’m also planning on making the most of home time by stocking up on food and getting some washing done to save money on laundry.

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

A Crazy 3 months!

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📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

So, I'm still here and surviving! I have now been at university for 3 months and I'm still really enjoying myself. Things are beginning to feel like second nature so I guess that means I'm settling in! I'm staying in the Quads on campus, it is lovely, very modern and having the social spaces is an added bonus- even if it is a little on the expensive side! As part of our accommodation package we get catering credit per week which has meant I haven't had to do much food shopping (maybe I'm just lazy!) We can access hot meals and snacks at many cafes/eateries on campus however, for those little essentials and the occasional home cooked meal I've been using Fresh (campus’ own version of the co-op).

For those in fully self-catered accommodation there is a wide range of supermarkets in Bath City Centre and online shopping is a popular choice for many! My cooking related tip would be cook a meal for 4 and freeze in portions- makes for a quick and easy meal at a later date! I am very fortunate to have my own ensuite but I've heard that sharing is nowhere near as bad as it sounds! Having a shared kitchen can be frustrating at times especially with 5 boys in the flat who don't seem to like washing up. In light of this my kitchen sharing related tip would be to nag those who don't wash up- it works! However we have the most fun in the kitchen and it's such a great social space. It can be nice to just retreat to your room sometimes for a little peace and quiet   - in Quads our rooms are considerably smaller than those in other accommodation blocks but I like to call it cosy.

My cosy room in the Quads

My cosy room in the Quads

The rest of my cosy room in the Quads!

The rest of my cosy room in the Quads!

I definitely feel that I'm beginning to make lifelong friends, I’m quite different to my flat mates in the sense that a lot of them have been in private education whereas I have always been at state schools so our experiences differ greatly but this means we have a lot of stories to tell each other. I love spending time with them and even miss them when I visit home but I wouldn't tell them that! As well as flat mates I've got to know lots of lovely people on my course- smaller seminar groups are a great opportunity for this so make the effort to turn up for them. My 3rd tip would therefore be when you're asked to form groups in seminars, pick people you've never spoken to before.

My only moan is my technology- both my laptop and printer have failed me since I have started university – nightmare! Especially when most students here have a shiny new MacBook and I don't even have a working machine. Saying this though the IT services at University (based in the library) have been great at helping me with these issues and even installed Microsoft office for me- complementary of the university!

Bath, a beautiful city to live in.

Bath, a beautiful city to live in.

I recently went home for the first time since starting university, I decided to leave it 6 weeks to allow myself to settle and personally I feel like this was the right decision for me. If this doesn't confuse you I don't know what will, I still call Cheshire home but in the same sentence will refer to Bath as home. Going back to Cheshire was great- home cooked roast dinner, a good night sleep and a reminder of how much better the weather is down South!

I miss home a lot and my tip for anyone who thinks they may feel the same would be to have a date in mind when you will next visit, it gives you something to look forward to. Being so far away from home is difficult for me as well because most of my friends have stayed around that area either doing foundation years or an apprenticeship, with the exception of a few. Choosing Bath was tough seeing as geographically it was far away but I don't regret it at all, it's an amazing city and it can never be a bad thing to gain independence and prove to your parents you can cope alone!

Some of Bath's great architecture

Some of Bath's great architecture

In terms of the work, I will be honest, I have struggled! It is a lot harder than I expected but it is interesting and I still love Psychology just as much as before which is definitely my motivation, it is so important that you love your subject. I think it's the work load I've found tough rather than the content itself, because I'm from a state school I'm not necessarily used to going ‘above and beyond’. This has meant a lot of adjustment has needed to be done, however I think because my school was huge and we didn't get much 1-1 attention I'm used to fending for myself and just getting on with things in a way some of my course mates aren't. Anyway, I've recently handed in my first 2 assessments so I will keep you updated!

Hope this mismatch of a blog has given you some useful information and tips, feel free to comment with any questions.

 

Freshers' Week 2015

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📥  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, First year, Ruth

I have been welcomed ashore by the University of Bath!

Freshers’ Week 2015 has been and gone and we are slowly starting to recover from freshers’ flu (yes it’s a thing!)  By the end of the week I was running out of baked beans and the laundry basket was over flowing but Freshers’ week was an unforgettable experience!

The welcome team at the university of Bath were incredible- from giving directions to providing UV paint they made Freshers’ Week truly awesome! Whether drinking and partying is your thing or not Freshers’ Week at the University of Bath will most certainly have something for you! We had plenty of chances to bond as a flat with the campus challenge and huge inflatables as well as the 'show your colours' theme which well and truly strengthened our identities as accommodation blocks and bought out the inevitable rivalry between the Quads and all other blocks!

Monday's show your colours theme'

Monday's show your colours theme'

Freshers’ Week really is a fantastic chance to get to know your flat mates- everyone is in the same boat and wants to make friends so socialise, bring a door stop and leave your door open throughout the day. Evenings were great social occasions as we all cooked our meals together in the kitchen and followed this up with drinks and games before heading out to some of the evening events. Life-long friendships are definitely formed in these times!

A particular highlight was the tours around the city of Bath led by 2nd year students, allowing us freshers’ to get our bearings and see just how stunningly beautiful our new home is. Visits to the shopping square and the idyllic canal are a must!

Monday saw the parade bustling for the activities fair as the vast array of societies at the university set out to recruit new members. There really is something for everyone from film society to curry appreciation society. Similar scenes could be seen on Wednesday when the various sports teams lined the parade- with trampoliners flying through the air and swimmers in Speedos I really didn’t know where to look! My honest advice would be just sign up for things, you don’t have to be sporty, all clubs are open to beginners so try something new and join team Bath!

Friday bought the most exciting event of all, Freshers’ Week, which can only mean one thing… freebies. From tins of bake beans to shot glasses we basically kitted out our kitchen from the stalls at the fair! In all seriousness it provided me with plenty of useful information such as part time jobs available and details of placements that are open to undergraduates.

Each night campus came alive as thousands of Freshers’ rolled out of bed for the next installment of 6 incredible themed nights from the jungle to the carnival to the infamous toga night there was plenty of opportunities to impress with the fancy dress and party hard! Famous radio 1 Djs including Scott Mills and Greg James as well as bands such as the Chip shop boys and the midnight beast were washed up ashore and provided us with some great music. Although if you’re one for an early night bring earplugs! For those enjoying something a bit tamer there was pizza and board games almost every day (you will soon learn to appreciate free food, especially pizza!) as well as free pub games and for those of you who are competitive a huge pub quiz!

Despite what you may have heard, Freshers’ week isn’t quite all fun and games- each department has an induction timetable that runs throughout Freshers’ Week and this is great for getting to know your peers and lecturers as well as decoding the timetable (more difficult than lectures themselves!) and finding out the assessment procedures used by the university.

Freshers’ Week will make you tired, you will get ill and you will feel deprived of fruit and veg but please stick it out and have the time of your life! People you meet in this unique week will become your best friends.