With fresher's week just round the corner and everyone about to start the process of trying to find the friends they will potentially stay friends with for the rest of their lives; whilst necking copious amounts of Jaeger Bombs, beer yards and Slippery Nipples, we thought we'd give you a heads up on what characters you're bound to meet on your first few days at university. For this, we've called on the expert help of Southampton Solent's Student Union President, Naomi Oiku, someone who couldn't be in a better position to give you the low down. Over to you Naomi.
Your one week best friend
The person you meet in your first week and you become best friends with. It seems like it will last forever, it’s beautiful; you’ll talk about your life that’s about to unfold, plan to lunch with future partners and be god parents of each other’s children. However, you will inevitably make new friends, grow apart and after a month rarely see each other. You will occasionally meet for a chat but this will slowly become a wave and before you know it, it's just a quick glance to see if you really did see ‘the one’. You will make new friends and both be incredibly happy but you will always have those memories of your first week together.
That person from your home town
You’ll get chatting to a group of people and all of a sudden they appear and a million questions start running through your head. Who are they? Where do you know them from? Why are you both staring blankly at each other? Then that eureka moment – they are from your home town! “OMG what are you doing here?!” you both cry out in unison. It’s a wonderful thing and you will see each other throughout the three years at uni, but weirdly you'll never bump into each other in the holidays.
The enthusiastic student who signs up for everything
Your friend who seems to be a member of every society and at least 10 sports teams. They keep it up for a few weeks until they realise which one they actually enjoy. You will become very jealous of this person and all the great experiences they’re having, while you’re sat in your flat eating a cheese toasty. Be this person, grab the great experiences whilst you can and hold onto them - the memories last longer than the cheese toasty.
Sabbatical Officer from your Students' Union
These cool kids are the people responsible for representing you and the head of the Students’ Union (like me). We are there to support you, offer advice and organise an awesome Freshers Fortnight you’ll never forget. We have been elected by students and, as such, have a manifesto with a whole list of ways they want to improve your student experience. Speak to us! We can give you loads of great advice and one day you could even become Sabbatical Officer. If you do, you’ll be able to pass on all the experience and knowledge you’ll gain in your time at university.
The person who somehow makes it to all lectures after attending all Freshers Events
What is the secret? What magic potion recipe do they own? Not even an energy drink in sight. They are managing to go to all Fresher’s activities, every lecture, a visit home and they always look stunning. They are the friend you both love and hate. Your jealously grows as the term goes on and you start wearing 5 year old Uggs and trackies to uni and they still look perfect. Before long your skin gets a green twinge as the jealously becomes too much. WHY? HOW? I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND!