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Freshers Revisited: Welcome To The Jungle.

There is no doubt that when you start university, the nerves begin to build up. You’ve potentially packed up most of your life and are moving away from home to start a new chapter in your life. With moving-in weekend being the chaos that it is with other fresher’s events, trying to settle in and make new friends:  there is nothing better than coming together with whole bunch of people that are in the same boat as you to bring in the start to a great week and an even better year. The Students’ Union welcome party is not one to be missed, and it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself into a new crowd of people. It can be daunting being in a new place, so having such a big event hosted on campus allows for fun in a familiar place.


Photo by Matt Greenwood.

Having already been a fresher and just reminiscing on the good old days, going back to a fresher’s event made me realise how great and exciting university is. Whilst I am already a year ahead, I couldn’t help but think “they don’t know it yet, but they are going to have an amazing year”. I think the freshers tent party really sells this idea and stimulates a notion of new beginnings and a new adventure that is sustained throughout the week.

 Freshers week is about finding yourself, who you want to be and the people you want to be with. You can open yourself up to new opportunities and embrace the year ahead. You just have to expect the unexpected. Yes, I was only reminiscing about being a fresher, but going to the fresher’s tent party made me feel like I was doing it all over again. It didn’t matter what year I was in or what I was studying. All that mattered was that I was there in the moment with all these other people who knew what it was like to be new to the university too. 

Throughout the night there was a seemingly endless stock of food and drinks to keep you going through the music and special guests; particularly Big Narstie, a firm favourite amongst students. Other guests included MistaJam and a long reel of music genres to please pretty much everyone in the crowd for the night. 

What I will say is that it’s a night to remember: filled with laughs and memories being made. I’m sure it will be the first night of many more amazing ones to come.


This piece was written by a Student Communications Volunteer. If you're interested in having your work published by The Students' Union - please email digital@sussexstudent.com









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