Ezekiel's top tips for Freshers'
We met with Ezekiel and asked him questions about his course, what it’s like to live in halls and what his top tips are for enjoying Freshers’.
What are you studying and what year of study are you in?
I studied Law LLB(Hons) and graduated on 19th July 2019. I am continuing my studies at UWE, studying for Barrister course( BPTC) along with Master in Law (LLM) next year.
Which accommodation are/were you staying in?
I lived in one of the Wallscourt houses which houses 12 people. I was amazed at the size of my room and bed as the photos in the UWE websites does not do them justice!
Did you manage to get in contact with anyone living in your flat or building before you moved in?Sadly, I didn’t as I didn’t know how, but everyone was so friendly! I now know that you can join your halls group on Facebook to find your new housemates.
What’s the best thing about living in Halls on Frenchay?
In my opinion, the best thing about living on Frenchay campus is the accessibility. You have everything you need close by including frequent bus services, so going anywhere like London or the city is a breeze.
What are your tips for Fresher’s?
The best way to enjoy Freshers’ week, for me, is planning. You can easily get distracted by the number of events you can get involved in. Plan what you want to do and discover clubs and societies.
Also, many outlets offer special deals and discounts during Freshers’ week, both in the city and online, so keep your eyes peeled for them!
This year, our main Freshers’ Fair is online, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the experience. Take a look at The Students’ Union event page for more information.
What’s the best way to make new friends?
The best way for me is to find something that interests you and hunt for events and societies that do just that. If you don’t have a particular interest in the sports or hobbies department, there is always the clubs that focuses on nationality: HK society and UWE Malaysian society. Although you may not originate from that specific country, that should not deter you from joining.
I have joined a Malaysian Society as I am Malaysian, Law society as I am a law student, Badminton Club, Chess Club and Board games society. I love the Board games society particularly because the people there are very relaxed and like to mingle and socialise, so the centre focus is not to hone a particular skill but to have a great time. This is also true for Malaysian Society, they host tons of events!
Do you have any advice you would give to students coming to UWE Bristol for the first time?
Have fun, but be careful, don’t get peer pressured into anything you do not want to do and remember, it’s totally ok to say ‘no’ if you are uncomfortable with something.
Finding the right friends at university is key to enjoying your experience, but this may take a while, don’t expect to make all your best friends at the beginning of your experience. It may seem like everyone is making great connections straight away, but this is probably not the case.
Don’t hide in your room, get out and socialise with people and look out for all your friends and they will look out for you!
What are you looking forward to, when you finish your studies?
I am looking forward to travelling the world or at least most of Europe and UK while I am still a student and putting my hard earned money to good use.
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