This weekend we drove our eldest to university. Whilst he has spent the last week saying fond farewells to school friends, I have been doing what mothers do best – preparing.

His inbox has been full to bursting since results day with instructive and helpful emails from his university and UCAS on what he needs to do before he arrives and advice on what to bring.  A cursory glance and typical teenage comments of “stop fussing” is all it has provoked from him, whereas I have been religiously double-checking that nothing is overlooked.

Day to day essentials aside, the first hurdle, however, is surviving Freshers’ Week so with my usual attention to detail here are some top tips for parents and their teenagers on making sure they don’t miss out.

Even my social media savvy teen overlooked this initially, but facebook communities are where it all starts.  Once the results are in and their university offer has been confirmed, they can join their university’s facebook community to get vital information on what is happening during that first all important week.  With hundreds of organised events to make that transition from home to away easier, including a Freshers’ Week wristband to guarantee reduced price entry to the main events, this is where the party starts.  Wristbands are limited and whilst they can buy individual tickets for events when in situ, these make their life a whole lot easier and cheaper. As well as the general university facebook community, there are also communities for their halls of residence and the key societies. Casting my mind back to my university days I didn’t know a soul, a sharp contrast to our son who had copious information at his fingertips about every undergraduate in the university, his halls of residence, his corridor even and his course. Take heart, it is so much easier nowadays. Freshers’ flu was a thing 30 years ago when I was a student and it is still very much alive and kicking.  With thousands of strangers coming together in a new environment, university is by its a nature a breeding ground for

Read the full original post here authored by Joanne Gray. You can visit her blog here.

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