There’s no denying the fact that when a lot of us think of ‘Freshers’, we think of the notorious fortnight that is excessive alcohol binges, crazy flat parties, one-night-stands and copious amounts of takeaways and trashy food.
There is also no denying that for a proportion of university students this is exactly what Freshers consists of, but this is not for everyone.
With programmers such as Freshers, Sex and Suspicious Parents doing the rounds of our TV guide it’s no wonder so many parents are petrified of their offspring flying the nest, away from the watchful eye of responsible adults. The stereotype is endorsed all over social media with Halls of Residence and Freshers pages being taken over by promoters who all claim to sell the ‘real deal Freshers wristbands’ where all drinks are £1!!
They neglect however, to point out the paint stripper ingredients in these bargain cocktails that will have you bed ridden for days with the ultimate case of Freshers Flu.
With the trashy advertisement of university that is portrayed on our screens, it is no surprise that a percentage of students are actually scared to come to university through a fear that their peers will judge them for not indulging in a jagerbomb train and tactical chunder every Wednesday night.
They simply overlook the fact that for many, Freshers consists of making friends outside of Evoque and in societies such as the debate society or the netball team.
It’d be wrong to express any wrong doing for those who go hard for the full freshers fortnight, however it is wrong that our national television inaccurately presents a nation of binge-drinking, bed-hopping students.
A truer representation of student life perhaps is the channel 4 documentary ‘The Secret Life of Students’ which tracks the lives and social media of several freshers throughout their first semester of spreading their wings. It highlights the highs and lows for those who love to go and party and those who find such social situations rather intimidating, as well as those who struggle to function without their parents to guide them.
The truth is, every student is different and cannot be determined by which university they go to or whether they chose to live in Halls of residence or chose to study English or Maths.
So if the media and our television could stop using out of date stereotypes to define everyone who goes to university, that would be great.