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Izzy John

Izzy John is the SU's Welfare Officer

Keep calm and carry on: some advice for freshers!

 

A massive welcome to all our new freshers!
I bet you’re pretty sick and tired of people saying congratulations to you – but you really do deserve all the praise you’re getting. Being accepted at university, especially one as amazing as Warwick (I’m a tiny bit biased) is a long hard road of endless UCAS red tape, interviews, anxiety and exams. The good news is that the wait is almost over and that in exactly a month you’ll be arriving on campus ready to kick-start the best three (or four, or maybe five) years of your life.
But I bet you’ve got some concerns: living away from home for what is probably the first time for most of you is a pretty scary prospect, even though you might not want to admit it. Luckily, the students’ union is here to support you – not just as you’re settling in over the first few weeks, but for the entirety of your university life. Just for now I’ll do my best to soothe some of the worries you may be having – that’s my job, after all, to take care of all of you as best I can.
Accommodation
Most of you will probably be living on campus in halls, and the university deals with all the arrangements for that so don’t fret, you’ll get the information soon and can start preparing to move in.
For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to get on campus accommodation, don’t worry! Everyone will find somewhere to live. From September 12th (when enrolment starts) you’ll be able to log onto our SU website forums, where there is a dedicated section for people looking for houses and housemates. If you feel like that’s too long to wait and you’re worried, feel free to get in touch with me or our advice centre – welfare@warwicksu.com or advice@warwicksu.com and we can advise you on what to do. But seriously, don’t worry, it’ll all work out.
Making friends
Leaving your home and school friends and family and coming to live with a bunch of strangers might seem like a scary prospect, but honestly it’s a brilliant experience. You’ll spend a fair amount of time with your hallmates in the first couple of weeks during freshers and get to know them. If it turns out they’re not your favourite people in the world, then there’s plenty of opportunities to get to know other people – through sports, societies, volunteering, your course…You’ll have some of the best friends you’ll ever get before you know it. If you’re feeling really anxious or stressed before or when you arrive, please come talk to me. My door is pretty much always open in SUHQ or you can email me at welfare@warwicksu.com
International Students
Moving away from home can be tricky – I lived abroad in my second year so believe me, I know how you feel. But Warwick is really welcoming – we have over 120 different nationalities represented on campus and orientation week is a great opportunity to get to know lots of people. We have cultural societies for many different countries, plus the university chaplaincy has provision for people of many different faiths. If you need any questions answering please feel free to contact me, the advice centre, or the international office at the university.
I’ll be blogging more in the coming weeks with advice about what to bring and what to expect out of the first few weeks at university, but feel free to get in touch with me in the meantime.
See you all very very soon!

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