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The Best of Freshers

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I’m about to start the third year of my course but, despite that, I haven’t yet attended a single Freshers event at UCB. Both years I’ve been out of the country and not back until lectures start.

This year I will be in Birmingham, so to make sure I don’t miss out on the best events and experiences, I’ve asked a few people for their thoughts and recommendations:

Name: Ciaran Parkinson
Role: UCB Guild President (BA Sports Management graduate)
Hometown: Crawley

  1. Get involved as much as possible and get stuck in with all the events. Joining a sports team or society will mean you make 30-40 friends at a click of your fingers.
  2. The foam party in Bar One is always an event not to be missed – ask any 2nd or 3rd year.
  3. The key to experiencing a successful Freshers is not to be anxious about meeting new people. Remember that everyone is in the same boat as you, so being the outgoing person who brings people together will leave you in good stead for the year. I guarantee by the end of the two weeks of Freshers you will have made more friends than you can imagine.


Name: Ruth Lawton
Course: BSc Sports Therapy (3rd year)
Hometown: Halifax

  1. Make sure you sign up and join a society; this is the best way to make friends and definitely gives you the ‘proper’ uni experience. Even if you don’t want to take part in the sport/activity then join as a social member and still go to all the social events. You definitely won’t regret it!
  2. In your freshers year make sure you get the full freshers experience – party hard, go to all events that you possibly can go to, enjoy yourself and remember to get at least 40% in all your modules to get onto year 2!


Name: Kurtis Lipman
Role/Course: Sports & Societies Officer, BA Sports Management (3rd year)
Hometown: Essex

  1. Get down to the Freshers’ Fayre and sign up for as much as you can.
  2. The sports night and headline act at Risa is bound to be a huge night – whether you’re into sport or not!


Name: Ellie Fletcher
Course: BA Childhood Studies (2nd year)
Hometown: Solihull

  1. Definitely the society night out – a chance to meet all society members and get any advice you need.
  2. Enjoy freshers and get really messy – first year’s amazing so people should love it!


Name: Jessica Simmons (another member of the UCBlogger team)
Course: BA Culinary Arts Management (4th year)
Hometown: Gerrards Cross

  1. Don’t miss out on the Freshers’ Fayre – sign up to societies and get loads of free goodies, student discounts, life time supply of bottle openers and everything else you can imagine!
  2. Make sure you go to all the events and not just the club nights – believe it or not, the quiz nights will be where you’ll have the most fun!


I can’t wait! Feel free to comment and let me know what you’re most looking forward to.

Full details of all UCB Freshers events can be found here (click the poster to visit the UCB Fresher Facebook group):

freshers flyer

Author: amiiat30

Marketing Communications Manager, sports coach, crochet queen

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