Fresher pressure: embracing expectations and making this time your own

Image: University of Leeds

Fees may be on the rise once more, but a record number of 18 and 19 year olds are going to university in England. With so many of our peers attending university there are bound to be certain expectations of what the next few years will be like, fostered by a representation of higher education in popular culture and resulting in a widely felt pressure to become someone you’re not.

‘Easy A’, ‘Mean Girls’, ’10 Things I Hate About You’ — the list goes on; a plethora of movies presenting coming of age tales with a depiction of higher education, even if not all are specifically university. The key elements of each higher education experience remains the same, from the parties and wild nights out to the bustling social lives that somehow don’t seem to affect a student’s grade average. It is common knowledge that the first year of your degree doesn’t contribute to the overall grade, so the expectation for drinking and clubs to dominate one’s social calendar is increased evermore.

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