First of all, congrats for getting into uni. The next few years of life are all about what you make of them, and for some people, that starts with O-Week (Orientation Week). Get through it unscathed with our O-Week survival guide.
This can help if:
- you're headed to O-Week
- you're unsure if you should go to O-Week
- you want to know what O-Week is all about.
Keep your schedule chilled
When there’s so much cool stuff on, it’s tempting to pack your schedule so tight you can hardly breathe. If you just go to the stuff that really excites you, you’ll be able to enjoy it more.
Get enough zzzs
Partying every night can get really tiring. To stop your eye twitching for a week after the shenanigans, allow time for some quality sleep. Yes, nana naps count.
Be open to meeting new people
Meeting new people is one of the most important parts of O-Week. You don’t have to make instant besties, but it will be a good opportunity to mix with people you may not have come across before. Watch our video below to get some tips on how to make new friends.
Remember: it's okay to say 'no'
When you’re meeting a whole bunch of new, exciting people, it can be easy to get swept up in the moment. You might feel that, to fit in, you need to binge drink, do drugs or have sex. Remember that it’s your choice whether you join in, not someone else’s. You ALWAYS have the right to say ‘no’ if you’re not into any particular activity.
Don't get kicked out
Getting kicked out of a party for being too drunk/high is kinda embarrassing, and doesn’t give your new friends an awesome first impression of you. If you’re living on campus, be careful about hosting parties in your room. You don’t want to get a warning or be asked to leave!
Practise safe sex
Not to sound like a broken record, but safe sex really is the best sex. Read our how-to guide for safe sex if you’re thinking of hooking up with someone at O-Week (or at any time!).