Advice for Freshers
Hello and welcome to NTSU’s Fresher Blog! Here you’ll find a tonne of handy information, tips and advice on being a first year at NTU.
Since you probably haven’t arrived yet, we thought we’d kick things off with some advice from our outgoing Executive Officers for when you do.
The Officers all studied at NTU and work to represent you on everything from your education to your involvement in societies. They’ll play a huge part in your University experience so, although there’ll be a new team of them once you get here, they really are the best people to advise you on your first few weeks as a Trent Student.
Martha Longdon – President 17/18
Use the website to find events, opportunities or societies that might be of interest – it’ll help you find them more easily at the Freshers’ Fair and make sure you don’t miss anything. Also try to speak to as many new people as possible. You might choose not to keep in touch with them all but some of them could be lifelong friends!
Lucas Swain-Britton – VP Services 17/18
Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. University is a chance to reinvent yourself so get involved in as many things as possible at Nottingham Trent. Don’t forget about Nottingham as a city as well; it thrives off its student community so take your time to explore it. The majority of bars, restaurants, shops and even sporting stadiums offer student discount too!
Kieran Goncalves – VP Community 17/18
Plan before you get here using the Freshers’ Week Guide you’ll receive in the post. It’ll make your first week here a lot easier. I’d also recommend learning a few simple recipes if this is your first time living away from home. Myself and the rest of the Exec put together a cook book last year that might be helpful. You can find it here.
Afonso Martins – VP Activities 17/18
Ask questions! Where can I get a job? Where can I seek support? Use your reps and SU to make sure you start your first term with all the information you need. Don’t blow your student loan in the first week either. You’ll spend the whole of first term eating beans on toast, wishing you were out socialising with your new friends. Oh and learn to iron!
Jelena Matic – VP Education 17/18
Remember that all first year students probably feel the same as you. You are all away from home for the first time and you need to be open to meeting new people. If you live in halls, try leaving your door open so other students can come in and say hello. If you live at home or you are commuting, there are plenty of events that will help you make friends too. With little bit of effort this can be the best week of your life.
Izzy Gregson – VP Sport 17/18
If you have a passion for sport or have an interest you would like to pursue or continue at University make sure you do! I joined the NTU Dance Club and it completely shaped my University experience. I went from being a member to a captain, president and now VP Sport and I have gained skills and friends for life.
We hope this advice was helpful and look forward to welcoming you to NTU and the Students’ Union properly in the near future.
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