1. Join a club or society!
With over 70 different Clubs and Societies based in UL, there is definitely at least one that will pique your interest, which means you will befriend people over your shared interests, whatever that may be. Clubs and Societies are an ideal way to get out and about also, with many social nights, particularly in the first weeks of each semester. This is all done in a bid to make their newer members feel more welcome and involved.
2. Avail of the First Seven Weeks Initiative
Make sure you are connected to the First Seven Weeks social media accounts for an array of tips, workshops and 7 whole weeks dedicated to settling incoming first years in! The First Seven Weeks is a brilliant initiative that is unique to the University of Limerick, and the university and its students are so lucky! Interact with the social media accounts, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to source some of your incoming course mates – like I was fortunate enough to do!
3. Get out and about during Fresher’s Week!!
Go out a few times during your fresher’s week, because you can guarantee that it will be the hot topic before classes every morning for the duration of the week, and it is the most ideal way to make new friends and settle in!
4. Keep a diary.. track your new journey!
Invest in a diary, and use it. People do not realise the amazing benefits keeping a diary can have. You can have your own personal place where you can vent, and talk to your hearts content.
5. Befriend someone (anyone!) on your very first day!
It is not as hard as you may think to say “Hey, I’m Chloe, ”.. and then a friendship blossoms. Truth is, everyone is in your position, and are probably only waiting for you to bite the bullet and introduce yourself!
6. Swap Snapchats, Numbers, Facebooks!
Do not fall into the trap of befriending someone on the first day of college, and then not being able to meet up with them the next day- or for the rest of the year!!!!!!
7. Take in the beauty of the UL campus!
Walk around it, take in the beautiful scenery that is the amazing campus of the University of Limerick. Take a breather in the fresh air.