What was Welcome Week like for you?

“My Welcome Week experience was not great. I spent a lot of time feeling quite isolated. I did go to a few events, though; mostly those with the word Mature in the title. Through those and the Mature Students Facebook page I got to meet a few other mature students and make some contacts who have helped me to get more involved in activities at university.”

What are your top tips for new students?

  • Joining the Mature Student's Facebook page was a real benefit for me to getting involved in Welcome Week activities, and throughout the whole of my first year. Through it, I found other mature students and could arrange meeting up with them to go to events.
  • The more you get involved, the more you will get out of it. It's important to realise that everyone is feeling nervous whatever their age, and everybody is trying to find their way around this new experience. Making contact with other students, mature or otherwise, will help you feel more involved in student life and open the doors to other opportunities.
  • Try out any event or activity that takes your fancy, as with all things in life- you won't know if you'll like it till you've tried it!

What events would you recommend?

  • Go to the tours and drop-ins to get a bearing of all the facilities around campus. The quicker you get a feeling for what’s available and where things are, the easier it’ll be to get the most out of your time at university.
  • If you have previous experience or interest in something, try the tasters or welcome events that the societies put on. I joined the Drama Society, and have had a truly wonderful time- ending up directing the annual play!
  • But also try something new. University is a great place for broadening your horizons. The more things you try, the more chance you have for finding what’s right for you.