Starting at Queen Mary – what you need to do

Starting at Queen Mary – what you need to do


Welcome to Welcome Week where you’re welcomed
to Queen Mary in a week of activities. I’m here to guide you through the important
bits, you are welcome. Okay enough of that, let’s get down to
business, first things first – let’s make a plan, but not a business plan, a time plan. We need
to prioritise the things you have to get done and things that are
nice, but not essential. Like the difference between enrolling
and finding societies to join. You have to enrol. Otherwise you won’t be registered as a student and when you turn up to lectures, no
one will know who you are and they’ll have to call you doughnut
for the next three years, because they doughnut know who you are… Sorry… But you can avoid all that by popping down to the Octagon and getting
the paperwork done. Then you’re gonna need to make time for your programme introduction. Because it’s an important one. Then when you turn up to classes,
they’ll know who you are Then when you turn up to classes,
they’ll know who you are
and you’ll know who they are. and you’ll know who they are. Happy days. It’s probably worth making sure you’ve
got your home set up just the way you like it – that’s what Frank
did, look at his place, it’s a palace. Frank, how did you make it so nice in here? I brought all my small but useful stuff like extension leads and chargers
and Tupperware, I also brought things that remind me of home like
my poster and my guitar. Nice. Well then, we’ll leave you to it. And it’s all about making your life easier. Let’s ask these guys for their top tips for starting uni. It’s important to pick modules which are interesting and which are relevant to your career plans and consult
with as many people in the field as you can. Also if you’re feeling like you don’t know where to go or you gonna think you’re gonna be lost
at uni there’s an amazing app that you can get on your phone – the Queen Mary app –
and it’s got a handy map of the campus on it. Make sure you go for as many programme
introduction events. It’s a nice time to meet the other guys who will be in your classes. For anyone who is commuting I would say utilise your travel time to do
something useful. Instead of staring out of a window you could take a book so when
it comes to exam time you don’t have to do all those extra hours in the library. And that’s the important stuff out of the way. Now we can talk fun. First stop – societies. There are tons of societies out there – new things, old things, things that are for a very specific fandom. But there’s gonna be something
for you and you can find out all about it at the Welcome Fair in Welcome Week. The trick is to not overstretch yourself. Rather than signing up to three
society meetings a day and resigning yourself to a life of energy
drinks and ‘power naps’ maybe just try a couple out, then if you’ve got more free
time pick another one up. Easy. maybe just try a couple out, then if you’ve got more free
time pick another one up. Easy.
And your time isn’t the only thing that you can
get a bit short of in Welcome Week. And your time isn’t the only thing that you can
get a bit short of in Welcome Week. Just remember there’s more than
just a week to budget for. There’s a few pointers on how to plan a budget on Queen Mary’s Advice
and Counselling Service website so give them a search if you need some more info.
Then all that’s left to do is get involved. Go out, have fun, meet people, sign up, eat the
pizza and say yes as often as you want to. Welcome Week is for everyone, all students,
whether you’re a local Londoner or come from further afield. Having a network of people at uni will
make life that little bit more sweet.

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