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From Tea to Degrees: Your Leicester University Preparation Checklist

Article writen by: Miley
17 May 2023

Hello future Foxes! If you're reading this, congratulations! You've successfully navigated the labyrinth of applications, the gauntlet of personal statements, and the siege of exams to earn your place at the prestigious University of Leicester. Buckle up, because your journey is about to get even more exciting.

Here are ten 'must-dos' to ensure you’re primed and ready for your first step into Leicester’s hallowed halls. So grab a cup of tea, take a deep breath, and dive in!

1. The 'Spot the Library' Scavenger Hunt

You might think this one is obvious, but trust us, David Wilson Library has a sneaky habit of playing hide and seek with new students. It's worth familiarising yourself with its location, as it's bound to be your second home for the next few years. Pro tip: look for the building that looks a bit like a spaceship that's been zapped with a shrinking ray.

2. Practice Your ‘Oh, I Thought This Was the Kitchen’ Face

You’ll use this expression often in the early days of navigating student housing. The struggle of finding your way to the kitchen for that midnight snack is real! Don’t worry though, by the end of the first week, you’ll be gliding through the corridors like a pro. Bonus points if you actually stumble into the laundry room but carry on as if nothing happened. Your housemates will be too busy doing the same thing to notice!

3. Develop an Inexplicable Obsession with the Fox

This will come naturally, but why wait? Start early! Look at photos, learn random fox facts, or get a fox plushie. The Leicester Foxes are a big part of university life, and you'll soon find yourself cheering for every fox sighting. Don't be surprised if your love for this adorable creature outlives your university years.

4. Practice Saying 'Yes' (and sometimes 'No')

University life is rich with experiences and opportunities. Get in the habit of saying 'yes' to new things - whether it’s joining a society, attending events, or trying a bizarre fusion cuisine. But remember, it’s equally important to learn to say 'no' when you need time for yourself. Balancing your social and academic life is the true art of being a student.

5. Master the Art of Procrastibaking

Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like – procrastinating by baking. This is a skill you will inevitably pick up, so why not start early? It will not only win you friends (because who can resist freshly baked cookies?) but will also give you an excellent excuse when deadlines loom. "Sorry, couldn't finish the essay, was too busy perfecting my Victoria sponge."

6. Stalk – erm, Research – Your Coursemates

Let's be clear, we're not encouraging actual stalking here! But in the age of social media, it’s not unusual to join course-specific Facebook or WhatsApp groups and get to know your future coursemates a little bit. Not only does this make the first day less intimidating, but you can also split the costs of textbooks, share lecture notes, and have an instant study group.

7. Start a Love Affair with a Good Cup of Tea

This is Leicester, after all. Get your hands on some British tea and try to figure out your favourite blend. You’ll be surprised how many debates, friendships, and late-night study sessions are fueled by this magical brew. Remember, the ultimate British test is determining whether the milk or the tea goes in first!

8. Prepare for Weather Roulette

You’re about to experience the full spectrum of British weather, often within the space of a single day. Your preparation must therefore include raincoats, wellies, sunscreen, and snow boots. Mastering the art of layering is crucial here. Dressing for a blizzard in the morning and a heatwave in the afternoon is a rite of passage at Leicester University. Remember, in Leicester, there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!

9. Become a Master of Multitasking

At university, multitasking takes on a whole new level. You will learn to cook while studying, clean while partying, and, for the truly gifted, sleep while attending a lecture. Not that we're endorsing that last one, of course! Pro tip: rehearsing flashcards while making your morning tea is a good way to start.

10. Pack Your Spirit of Adventure

Lastly, the most important thing you need to bring to university is your spirit of adventure. It's about learning, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and embracing everything Leicester has to offer. Yes, there might be a few bumps along the way, but remember, the funniest stories don't come from things going perfectly!

There you have it, future Foxes - your ten-step guide to surviving and thriving at Leicester University. So as you prepare to step into this new, thrilling chapter of your life, remember to take a moment to appreciate how far you've come. After all, not everyone can claim they're about to become a part of the extraordinary Leicester family.

Good luck, and see you on campus! Until then, keep practicing your 'lost in the corridors' face - you're going to need it!

Frequently Asked Questions

What students need to know before university?
Dear soon-to-be Leicester Foxes, there's a thrilling journey ahead of you! Before diving headfirst into this delightful chaos called university life, remember a few important things. First, the David Wilson Library is not an alien spaceship, it’s your new BFF. Second, a wild fox is not an escapee from the local zoo, but the revered symbol of your new alma mater. Third, packing for Leicester weather is a bit like packing for a trip to both the Sahara and the Arctic – on the same day. Lastly, a good cup of tea is your ultimate secret weapon against late-night study sessions, hangovers, and general existential dread. So, hold onto your hats, future foxes, because university life is nothing short of a wild, wonderful rollercoaster ride!
Is the first year of uni the hardest?
Hello, new Leicester Foxes! You might be wondering, "Is the first year of university the hardest?" Well, yes and no. Yes, because there will be times when you're convinced that your room is an impenetrable maze, the library is a spaceship from a different galaxy, and your course syllabus is written in an alien language. No, because once you've survived a semester of Leicester's unpredictable weather, joined a society for a hobby you didn't even know you had, and learned to enjoy tea in 17 different ways, you'll realise that you're tougher than you thought! Plus, it's reassuring to remember that every student around you is in the same boat, paddling through the exhilarating rapids of first-year adventures together! So brace yourselves, the fun has just begun!
How students feel on their first day at university?
How do students feel on their first day at Leicester University, you ask? It's like a blend of standing in line for the world's best roller coaster, waiting for your order at your favourite restaurant, and finding your way in a labyrinth – simultaneously! You're excited about the ride, can't wait to taste the world of knowledge (it's not just chips and gravy here, folks!), and yes, you're also a bit lost. But fear not, you're not alone in this. Every fresher is feeling the same cocktail of thrill, anticipation, and just a dash of nerves. Remember, being a bit lost only means you're about to discover something new. So strap on your adventure boots, future Foxes, and get ready for the time of your lives!
What should I pack for my first day of university?
Ah, the essential "What to pack?" quandary. Coming to Leicester University, you need to think about packing like a superhero preparing for a mission. First, your shield - a good raincoat or umbrella because you know, we're famous for our lovely rain-showers that love to surprise! Your toolkit - academic essentials, pens, notebooks and of course, a trusty laptop to do some midnight Googling. Don't forget your superhero suit - comfortable clothes for lectures and maybe something a tad fancier for those spontaneous nights out. Lastly, pack your secret weapon - a fine selection of teas because in Leicester, we believe a good cuppa can solve just about any problem. So there you have it, future Foxes - your first day survival kit. Suit up, and we'll see you on campus!
Is the first year uni easy?
Is the first year at Leicester University easy, you ask? Well, let's put it this way: it's like learning to juggle. At first, you're fumbling, maybe dropping a few balls here and there, like when you accidentally end up in the Physics department instead of Psychology, or when you discover that "a pinch of salt" in your recipe equates to creating the Dead Sea in your soup. But then you start getting the hang of it, and before you know it, you're juggling your lectures, social life, and newfound cooking skills with aplomb! So, easy? Maybe not. Doable, rewarding, and chock-full of exciting, character-building experiences? Absolutely! Keep your chin up, Future Foxes. You're about to embark on one heck of a juggling act!