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Freshers On Board! 13 Effective Ways to Blend Into Uni Life

Freshers On Board! 13 Effective Ways to Blend Into Uni Life

Have you recently started University? Moving to University is a big lifestyle change for most freshers as they begin living independently for the first time. It can be intimidating making such a big lifestyle change, but these 13 tips will help any freshers to happily settle into University life.

1. Arrive early

Try to move into your University halls on the first day they are open. People will form bonds during the first few awkward days, so don’t get left out: This is a good chance to meet other freshers and strike up new friendships.

2. Find your University on social media

If your University has a social media page, make sure you have ‘Liked’ it. This page will post all upcoming events and parties for freshers, giving you a head start on places to go with your new house-mates.

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3. Unpack straight away

The day that you move to University will be filled with activities, but try not to put off unpacking. It is fun to talk to other freshers and show your parents around, but once they have left you may feel a little homesick — make sure all of your favourite things are on display already to help you settle into your new home.

4. Get to know your new home

On the first day, find out where the toilets, kitchen and laundry room are. This will make your life easier in the long run and it will help you to settle in. It is also useful to find the supermarket where you will do all of your food shopping.

5. Leave your bedroom door open during the day-time

If you are feeling nervous, it is tempting to shut your door and chat on-line to your old friends from back home. Try to avoid this as it will make it harder for you to get to know your house-mates. Leave your door open so your house-mates feel like they can come in and strike up a conversation.

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6. Set a cleaning rota with your house-mates

It is likely you will live with some freshers who are very messy and others who are very clean, so try to set a cleaning rota all of your house-mates agree with. This will ensure that the bulk of the cleaning doesn’t fall to just one person and arguments will be avoided.

7. Check out the freshers fair

Joining a society is a great way to make new friends who share similar interests to you. Check out your University freshers fair to see if there are any societies you would like to join.

8. Safety in numbers will help you find new friends

Once you and your house-mates have become friendly, go down the halls and socialize with other freshers. It is less intimidating in a group, and it is a good way to meet everyone you share halls with.

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9. Set a weekly food budget

Decide how much money you want to spend on food each week, and try to stick to it for the full year. This is a great way to make sure you don’t end up only eating noodles for a full month.

10. Accept the responsibility of making sure you eat properly

You are feeding yourself now, so make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet. Buy fruit and vegetables with your food shop, and make sure you have enough to last the full week.

11. Talk to your house-mates about sharing food

Some freshers will share milk, butter and bread with their house-mates and others will follow a ‘buy your own’ policy. Discuss what you would like to do with your house-mates so everyone is on the same page.

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12. Do a big food shop

Do one big weekly food shop instead of picking bits up from your local express store. This is much cheaper and it will save you a lot of time in the long run.

13. Cook in bulk and freeze the rest

Whenever you cook a nutritious and healthy meal, make sure you cook enough to save some leftovers to freeze for later. Many students don’t feel like cooking properly every day, but having leftovers will mean you can have a healthy meal with little effort.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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