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'As a fresher take time to get to know your coursemates'

When I did my English degree before I started nursing, I didn’t get to know any of my cohort.

Before I embarked upon my nursing training, I studied for a degree in English. I had four hours of contact time with my tutors each week and the rest of my time was self-directed study. As a result, I didn’t spend any time with people on my course and I hardly got to know them.

I’ve made some good friends during my nursing degree because we spend a lot of time together

I’ve made some good friends during my nursing degree because we spend a lot of time in lectures together and have been on placement with some of them, too. If I could give only one bit of advice to freshers it would be to get to know your coursemates, you’ll all be thankful for the support you can give each other.

Freshers’ week is the one time of the year that you can say hello to anybody and not feel stupid

Freshers’ week is the one time of the year that you can say hello to anybody and not feel stupid. When I moved in to halls I left my door open when I was unpacking and found this was a good way to get to know my future housemates as they popped in to introduce themselves. When sitting in lectures getting all your information about your course, say hello to the person next to you.

Attend freshers’ fair and sign up to societies that interest you, it’s a great way to meet likeminded people and get in to a new hobby. Make sure you take a big bag, you’ll see why! Because nursing courses start at different times to other courses, unis will often hold events just for those students, so go along and meet some coursemates.

Freshers’ week is nervewracking, especially for those who are away from home for the first time. You might feel overwhelmed with all of the new information you’ve been given and you might be wondering how on earth you’re going to cope over the next three years - but it’s important to remember that everybody is in the same boat. 

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