Congrats, you’re coming to UCL!

How does it feel to be a UCL fresher?

Congratulations! You've made it to results day without expiring from fear. Good effort. Seriously.

So what next? You've ripped open that envelope and leapt up and down in excitement, or absolute terror, at the thought of being a UCL fresher. It goes without saying that you must've taken the obligatory jumping in the air with your results letter photo – we all embrace the cliché at the time.

Don't worry if you're feeling a little nervous about coming to UCL. Yes, the workload can be tough and the Freshers' Fair may make you feel compelled to take up hundreds of new activities – ultimate Frisbee, anyone? – but you'll find a balance. Also, remember that everyone is in the same boat and is desperate to make friends, so don't be afraid to throw yourself in there. Freshers' Week is basically the alcohol-fuelled version of those school bonding trips.

Obviously, you will also have the small matter of a degree to manage alongside your whirling social life. You'll see pretty quickly that we all sometimes miss lectures – especially those painful 9am ones after a Wednesday Sports Night – or don't manage to complete the reading for a seminar. Learning to bluff your way through is a key part of your education, as long as you don't do it all the time, so don't panic the first time that you feel a bit underprepared. You'll be fine.

We'll be keeping you up to date with information to help you settle in and survive Freshers', and you'll be sent a guide to help you make your first steps into life as a UCL student. If in doubt, come and see us at the Fresher's Fair and maybe even join the team as one of our writers.

Good luck for next term. You'll smash it.

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