In a previous post earlier this month, we focussed on getting ready to go back to school, uni and work as the summer holidays came to an end.
With the great weather we are experiencing this month, you could almost forget we’re in early Autumn.
As some of us go back to our routines, this time of year is a fresh start for students making the transition to the many universities across the country. Over the years the words ‘Freshers Week’ has been bantered around and as someone who did not attend university, I wanted to see what goes on. ‘Freshers Week’ is the new student orientation at the beginning of the academic year where they get to find their feet in this new place they will call home for at least the next 12 months.
For those who are not familiar with the Oxford Road Corridor in Manchester, it is home to University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester has the largest population of students in Europe with approximately 70,000 attending the two campuses.
As I made may way through the hundreds of students who packed the pavements, there was a definite carnival like atmosphere around. You couldn’t miss the loud music, megaphones, sandwich boards, information stations, costumes and the freebie promotions.
I guess it could be quite overwhelming for someone who is just embarking on a new life as a university student. On the other hand, I can see how it can help students to get excited about the journey ahead and alleviate some of their anxieties.
Our digital platform service at www.savvyguest.com has a quite similar approach to ‘Freshers ‘, where people can have a fact finding pre career chat with employees.