Posted on 20/09/2010
News students get their first taste of university life at Royal Holloway
Today (20 September) marks the launch of Freshers’ Week when thousands of new students are welcomed to the College for their first year of study at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Freshers’ Week provides new students with the time to find their feet and adjust to campus life before the start of the academic year.
Among the highlights of the week will be a media festival organised by student publication ‘Orbital Live’ and campus-based radio station ‘Insanity’ where Freshers will get a chance to submit articles and photos and participate in live broadcasts.
Understanding that starting university can be a daunting experience the Students’ Union has set up three help points around campus where volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions or point people in the right direction. Beth Rowley, Vice President of the Student Union for Education and Welfare said: “We know coming to university can be an unnerving time and we want to make it as smooth a transition as possible. We have organised a garden picnic outside the Students’ Union on Tuesday from 12-2pm where people can find out more about all the help and services available to them and meet support staff. And as well being able to pick up leaflets and advice at the designated help points, there will also be free tea and coffee so if anyone is feeling a bit home sick they can come along, have a cup of tea and have a chat with the volunteers.”
Freshers’ Fair on Thursday and Friday is also a key opportunity for students to sign up to the many clubs and sports activities as well as finding out about volunteering opportunities.
Rachel Pearson, President of the Students; Union, said: “The Students’ Union has an exciting Freshers’ Week planned to welcome new students to the College. New arrivals can look forward to our Output Media Festival, society and sports club taster sessions, the Freshers’ Fair and a special School Disco. We want to get the year off to a great start and encourage as many students as possible to get involved with their Union and the wide range of activities on offer.”