This was the official last day for new students to move in, though many students moved in a few days after [note: email accommodation to let them know if you want to move in earlier or later]. Chuckles knocked on my door around 11am to remind me that the last three flatmates were due to arrive today, so we got ready, started to run up and down the corridor like idiots (as the flat was tidy and we didn’t really have anything else to do) and then stared wide-eyed at each other with invisible raspberries foaming at our mouths. As if by magic we suddenly got our act together and then headed out to find the town centre, and the SU bar for clothes and tickets. That night Sub Focus was coming into town to play his set at the O2 Academy, and I needed to get ‘night out’ clothes.
Mr Vamp texted me to see how I was, which was what I needed as my version of Mr Big (Mr Aces) had gone MIA. I was in a new place and all I had was Facebook to communicate. I was lacking the personal kinship of a good chin-wag. That was the only thing getting me down in secret, by this time. Nobody was texting me, or phoning besides my family. If there is one thing I’ve seen a lot of on the internet, when it comes to tips for freshers’, it’s the realisation that you will be on your own. You have to keep in contact with family and close friends, whilst the new students’ around you are all possible new friends. I also like the fact that I can be civil, confident and just meet people. We are all new, so there’s no pressure. I had met a few people, and they all seem lovely. I sent one of the students, who was due to arrive a short message on Facebook, so she wouldn’t feel lost when she finally met us.
In town we found a huge shopping centre, and began our childlike escapades. We went into almost every shop there, smiling and giggling at new clothes. We passed a few shops we personally loved, and each time we would jump on the spot with pure excitement. At first it was House of Fraser and Chuckles hopped from one foot to the other. I smiled like the Cheshire Cat when I saw Waterstones and MAC Cosmetics. It wasn’t quite heaven, but it was close enough. We walked from one end of the huge building to the other and came upon River Island. Right there in the entrance was the new season styles created for River Island by Rihanna – that was it really; I knew what I was wearing that night. I bought the maxi dress, and new super comfy black boots with a gold trim. I wanted to echo 90s inspired chic. I must say… I looked rather lovely! What do you think?
When we got back to the flat, one of our flatmates was still moving her stuff in, but neither she nor her family noticed us. Chuckles came into my room and started laughing. I giggled a little bit, and then she couldn’t breathe because she was so excited. Her eyes were even wider; she looked crazed, and that made me laugh more. We stopped laughing to hear the tiny noises outside, at which point my computer pinged to notify me that our new flatmate had messaged me back; she was outside! The anticipation rushed over Chuckles and I as we hobbled to the door. Now, we don’t have peepholes on our personal doors, so you can imagine the utter shock when I opened the door eerily screaming “Hiiiiiiiii!” I saw a gentleman holding the door open, and a young girl of 13 fly into the wall in sheer terror. I disappeared back into my room frantically realising what I had done. Chuckles laughed, with each giggle laced with panic. We were stuck in my room until the hustling and bustling died down. How funny!
The other two girls moved in, but they were very quiet compared to us. Chuckles and I went to meet the flatmate we spent the day waiting for, and introduced ourselves. We hit it off immediately. We all had tickets for that night, so we showered, go dressed and met up with the fashionable creature and headed out to the Freshers Ball. We have nicknamed the fashionable creature Little Miss Lanky, and the one we waited on Ms Pending, because she’s never sure about much. I set up a group chat on Whatsapp in order to communicate general information with each other.
We had a blast that night. The music was amazing (check out the videos on my Instagram @sycalaelen) and Sub Focus had his hype man with him – a rather fine example of a dude. He played his own tracks and a few remixes of other electro house tunes I love, including a Knife Party track. I hadn’t been out in a while, but I learnt a new skill that night. I danced on the spot, and managed to catch some sleep whilst doing so. Bobbing up and down with my head tilted, and sleeping. I’m not even sure how I did it! Magic! I didn’t have much alcohol, just one Jägerbomb because it was so damn hot, so I stuck with a bottle of water. As a typical night would go, I saw some tiny boy child vomiting at the bar, and later on another tripped up when being chased by two coppers. Other than that, everyone had a seriously awesome time.
Around 2am Little Miss Lanky, Ms Pending and myself bought ourselves some cheesy chips and headed back to our new home. Chuckles stayed with Mr Earnest for the rest of the party. Though, we had noticed how keen Mr Earnest was to get Chuckles all to himself, which was why we had to leave the poor innocent thing behind, dancing wide eyed and in a glare. When we got home, the girls went to bed. I had another shower and climbed into my bed.
Apparently at 5am, Chuckles came home and forward rolled into my door, thus opening it. She shouted that she was back, realised I was stone asleep and then found her bed. Please note, she doesn’t drink – she gets naturally drunk on good vibes and fresh air like me.
Tips I Value So Far:
- This is the first time you’ll use your backbone for the rest of your life, in case you haven’t already. Think of this experience as the first day of your adult life.
- With classmates, or flat mates it might be essential to set up a group chat on a chat service to share general information, decision making and what not – especially when you don’t see each other constantly. I set up one for our flat, titled with our flat number.
- Go out in pairs or groups, so you don’t get lost and you can look out for one another.
- Make yourself familiar to various taxi firm phone numbers.
- Buy newspapers, magazines etc to keep in flow with current affairs.
- GET A TESCO CLUBCARD! Or any superstore award cards.
- Walk around campus more – just throw yourself in there! Collect freebies, leaflets, coupons and as many keying’s as possible.
- Most important, as it’s occurred already; be understanding or at least respectful of other folks beliefs, sexual orientation and food choices.
- And if you feel the need to moan about people, keep it to yourselves, don’t put it out on social networking sites – especially if you use actual names.
- Day 2 at University | Enter Chuckles! (harlequindays.wordpress.com)