How To Have A Dry Freshers': A Guide For Under 18's

Starting university can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience. One of the biggest events that take place during your next step in education is the much hyped Freshers’ Week. But what if you aren’t eighteen, as most of the events seem to involve drinking?

Don’t worry!

There are plenty of other people in your situation! Not everyone is of legal drinking age when they go into higher education, so you aren’t the only one. Plus there are those who choose to abstain from drinking for personal or religious reasons. So there will be plenty of people in the same boat.

You will make friends

Despite what you might think, the people you end up being friends with over the next few years will mostly likely not be the ones that you meet in a drunken haze in a nightclub during Freshers’. The best friendships will be with your classmates, or people you meet in the clubs and societies offered.

You won’t be bored

It might seem as if every activity involves a nightclub or drinking, but there are lots of things you can do!

Most universities have their own Freshers’ fair where you can grab lots of free goodies and find out more about the clubs and societies you can get involved in.

Across Scotland there are lots of universities hosting ceilidhs where you can go and get your dance on, and most will have tours of the area set up if you have moved away from home (or if you just want to get to know your city better!)

Join a club

Joining a sports club, even if it’s a sport you have never tried before and fancied giving a shot, will help you make lots of new friends, increase your confidence and keep you fit.

As for the other societies, you can get involved in student newspapers or radio shows, improve your acting skills in a drama club, or come together to share common interests (for example, there is a Harry Potter society at Edinburgh University) – either way it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people!

Look after each other...

When you are at parties or out, know how to look after someone who has had too much to drink.