Monday, 23 September 2019 / York, UK

THE TRUTH ABOUT FRESHERS WEEK

It's been a while but I'm back with my first post as a university student. Last week was freshers week here at YSJ and while the memories of the week are still fresh in my mind, I thought it would be a good time to document my experience and share my tips for anyone heading to university this acaedmic year or in years to come.

Freshers week is a week before you start proper lectures filled with introductory lectures, welcome receptions with your coursemates, club nights, SU events and the freshers fair. Be ready to get involved, knock on your neighbours, let loose and make friends. This is the best time to get to know people because you're all in the same boat and trying to make new friends and build a support network or family away from your actual family.

01. DON'T BUY A WRISTBAND
You're better off waiting until you've met your housemates in real life and deciding then what events you want to go to. I went to 3 of the offical club nights and my flat, our neighbours and another flat below us had games nights and movie nights on the other nights. Unless you can guarentee that you'll be out every single night, don't bother. 

02. BRING A DOORSTOP
I know fire doors are supposed to be kept shut but during freshers week, keep your door open so your flatmates can pop their head in, say hello and get to know each other

03. YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRINK
Usually, I go out clubbing and I don't drink but I allowed myself to take advantage of the cheap drink offers during freshers. If you don't drink, its not biggie. You can still go out and have just as much fun as those who do drink.

04. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF FIRST
Everyone in your accommodation is an adult, they can look after themselves and if they can't, its not your problem. Your mental and physical health comes first and if you don't feel like leaving your bed, going out or whatever, don't force yourself to go.

05. EAT IN THE COMMUNAL AREA 
It can be very tempting to look yourself in your room and not socalise with others but sit in the living room or communal area while you're eating. As people are walking through to make their dinner or grab a snack or whatever, it's a good time to bond. 

06. BUY THE BASICS
Buy the basics for your room, kitchen and bathroom, the bits that will get you by and once you get to uni and into a routine, you'll know what you actually need and you can always pop into town with one of your housemates, coursemates or whatever and grab the extras

07. PACK YOUR STUFF AWAY BEFORE YOU GO OUT 
Once you've moved all your stuff in from the car, it can be tempting to sit around doing nothing. Power through, put everything away and then relax. Keep up this habit for nightsout and before heading to lectures too, you'll thank yourself when you stumble into your room after a long night and your floor is clear and your bed is ready to jump straight into. 

Anyone else sick of hearing Sweet Caroline on every night out?

Fran
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Monday, 2 September 2019

LIFE UPDATE | I GOT A NEW TATTOO, QUIT MY JOB AND MOVED TO THE NORTH

Francisca elevating her arm against a white background to show her new abstract tattoo on her inner arm
And just like that, it's September. For me, September is when a new year really starts, a new academic year, a fresh start and new beginnings. 

As you're reading this, I am galavanting around London on a Boris bike with some friends, reminiscing and enjoying our last day in close proximity as next week, I move to York. From the day I first applied to university in 2017, I knew that I would study at a university in the north, the cost of living is very appealing to me - a working-class Londoner. And next week, after a year and 3 months out of education, I am doing just that, starting university at York St John studying BSc Geography. With moving to a new city and starting university comes new content. I will be documenting my entire university experience from start to finish here on my blog and over on my Instagram

So, you know I've been working at a bar for the last 10 months and recently got promoted to a management role? Well... I quit. There's no tea to spill, it was a long time coming. I wasn't happy there, I didn't feel like the work I did was appreciated so, I handed in my notice and left with immediate effect. 

And now onto the real reason, most of you clicked on this post, my new tattoo. I wanted something to commemorate the end of my gap year. I was browsing through my tattoo board on Pinterest, which you can follow hereand I came across this particular design and fell in love. It's my first big piece and I think it compliments my other tattoos really well.

The Blog: 12 THINGS I LEARNT ON MY GAP YEAR & SO, WAS THE GAP YEAR WORTH IT?


Hope you all have a good week!

Fran
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