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The sun is out, the skies are blue, summer is almost over and so we all know what that means… It is time for new freshers to come out of hibernation and join us on DMU campus.

I remember my first day at University, so many buildings and so many people, to put it in simpler terms it was downright scary.  All that was running through my mind was, ‘Where am I supposed to go?’ ‘Who do I talk to?’ ‘I don’t understand a word of what this lecturer is saying.’ ‘Oh my god that guy is absolutely gorgeous.’

Add on the above information with my dream to finish my first year with a first, have the time of my life and find friends all in one week, I’d say life was a piece of cake.  Note the sarcasm.

Oh! And then add on the tiny, minute fact that I’m a Muslim girl who doesn’t drink alcohol, go to clubs, date people, or dress in what the world deems as ‘sexy’ attire… one would assume that I would’ve had a somewhat rubbish time right? But that wasn’t the case.

It’s true, I didn’t get drunk (or even touch alcohol for that matter) but who says you need to drink something to get a buzz? All I need is some good company and everyday goes swimmingly. And why on Earth would I need a man to be happy? Clearly they do help in life but oh well! Flirting all the way for now!

I made one or two friends in the first week, but I continued to make more throughout the year. Yes, I had the time of my life during the first month of University, but for the whole academic year it resembled more of a rollercoaster. Yes, I have grown as a person and matured a lot but it’s all about not jumping in to the deep end too quick.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is the only expectation you should have of your first few days of University is to enjoy yourself and try your best, after that feel free to go out, socialise, get drunk (if your beliefs permit you to) and have the time of your life!

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