Nervous about starting university? Want to know more about what you might get up to during your first week? Then have a read through this blog post! But first here’s the difference between fresher’s week and teaching term:
So fresher’s week is a one-week long event held at the QMUL Mile End campus for all new students. A variety of events and activities are held throughout the week to get new students to engage within the school, make friends and simply just get used to moving around campus.
Teaching term usually begins a week after fresher’s week for most departments in QMUL. For the School of Geography, after fresher’s week students get the opportunity to participate in outdoor work which involves capturing photographs of wildlife and nature across London as a part of the Re-imagine London Project (we’ve already got a blog on it too!). Once this is done, teaching term starts where students attend lectures, seminars and tutorials.
The following are just some quick facts about fresher’s week held during 19th-23rd September this year!
- There will be plenty of activities and workshops set up in the library square, so make sure you get to explore some of these. In previous years along with the Student Union stall, we’ve had a ‘Make your own graffiti’ workshop and the Green Mary stall where you can make your own smoothie from just a single bike ride! (Isn’t that cool?)
- The Welcome fair (also known as the Fresher’s Fair) will be held on the 21st and 22nd September 2016 open from 10am-4pm each day in the Hive, the SU Hub, Ground Café and the Qmotion Sports Hall. Here you’ll get to sign up for a range of societies such as the Baking society, Photography and the Harry Potter society! (Make sure you all join the Geography Society because there will be some exciting events in the society this year!) There is something for everyone and if there isn’t a society you want to join, then there’s always an opportunity to set your own society up!
- Attending fresher’s fair is a great place to make new friends and meet students from 2nd/3rd year who’ll always be willing to share their experience with you and provide top tips for surviving at university! (Just don’t be afraid to ask any questions!)
- For students in the School of Geography various activities and events will be set up for all newcomers during the week. This may include a campus tour, treasure hunt across campus and a fun group quiz! (Don’t forget they’ll be some exciting prizes for the winning groups). Many of these activities will be led by the Geography Society and of course the Springboards Team will be there to help too!
- Throughout the week, there’ll be plenty of social events such as Get Active sport events, various club nights and cinema events so don’t forget to join in! In previous years there has been a floating cinema night, a Fresher’s ball, a movie & pizza night speed meetings, trips to the Harry Potter studio, trips to Ikea and many more. You can find out more about these events on the university website.
- Lastly, during Fresher’s week if you ever need some help around campus or have some unanswered queries then don’t forget ask! you’ll see plenty of Student Union Members and campus ambassadors around. The Student Union Crew will be available in bright red uniform across campus so don’t forget to stop them and ask! And if your queries are specifically about Geography then do ask the Geography society or the Springboards Team! (We’re always happy to help!)
I hope the above just gives you a bit more information about fresher’s week! The Springboards Team look forward to meeting the future Geographers/Environmental Scientists! 🙂