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How to make the most of Welcome Week

Two students from the buddy scheme give new starters some advice
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City University London opens its doors once again to a new intake of 6500 students, with an action packed Welcome Week starting today.

Following faculty induction talks, there will be a Students' Union Freshers' Fair, a treasure hunt around Tech City and an opportunity for new arrivals to find out about part time jobs and internships.

Students also have the opportunity to test their Formula One driving skills in the Santander racing simulator in Northampton Square.

The amount of choice for freshers can be as overwhelming as it is exciting, which is why there are initiatives such as the Student Buddy Scheme in place.

The Scheme pairs new undergraduates with a second or third year doing the same course, who offer advice and support to help them navigate their way through the first year of university. The programme has previously only been open to students within Cass Business School and City Law School but it is expanding this year to include all Schools.

Hai Phuong Dang, a second year at Cass who volunteers as a student buddy said: "Welcome Week can be a wonderful time for new students to get to know their university. In order to make the most of it, the first thing to do is find a Welcome Week planner from the Student Centre, if you haven't already been given one by one of your course representatives.

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"Next, join a campus tour to familiarise yourself with your lecture halls, course office and the Student's Union. The most important thing to remember is that everyone is in the same boat as you, so don't be too shy to say hi!"

Sehar Arshad, a second year LLB Law student and also a student buddy said: "There is so much to do! Welcome Week is not only useful for having fun and making friends, but also for pinpointing the extracurricular activities best suited to you. It's increasingly important to do things outside of your course."

Hai agreed: "You also should collect some leaflets of the societies you are interested in. Then you can go on their websites later to find out more information and sign up.

Sehar also suggested volunteering for new students looking to get involved with something a little different.

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"When I arrived at university for the first time it took me a while to settle in. Part of the reason I volunteered to be a student buddy was so that I could share my experiences with other students and help them out if they need anything. It can be tricky finding out which textbooks to buy or where your lectures are.

"Volunteering is also a great way to add to your skill set."

For more information about the Welcome Week programme, visit the section of website for new students or contact the team at the Student Centre, Level 2, University Building, Northampton Square.

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