Fresh­ers’ firsts

Go­ing away to univer­sity is a big step for any­one, but a cre­ative pro­ject from Nor­wich Univer­sity of the Arts has a few re­minders to help

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IF your teenager just had left home for the first time, heading off to univer­sity as a very fresh-faced fresher, you are prob­a­bly won­der­ing how they will cope on their own.

New stu­dents ar­riv­ing at Nor­wich Univer­sity of the Arts (NUA) have been greeted by a series of funny posters of­fer­ing ad­vice and some words of wis­dom – from be­ing sen­si­ble with money to eat­ing well and clean­ing prop­erly.

The posters have been cre­ated by sec­ond year graphic stu­dents as part of a pro­ject called ‘I wish

I had…’ Among them are Susie Catch­powle’s recre­ation of a pre­scrip­tion with the words ‘I wish I had reg­is­tered with a doc­tor,’ Dan Cur­tis’ re­ceipt on which he has writ­ten “I wish I had been sen­si­ble with my money’ and Emily Jones’ clean­ing spray bot­tle which has ‘I wish I had cleaned more’ on the la­bel.

Robyn Challis, NUA’s stu­dent sup­port man­ager, said: “The first day nerves may have set­tled. You’ve met your peers – your com­pan­ions through the next three or four years of study. But there may be a few prac­ti­cal things you’ve over­looked, or is­sues where you need a few point­ers in the right di­rec­tion.”

She said the key ar­eas stu­dents should pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to were their health, fi­nances, safety and well­be­ing and mak­ing sure they are or­gan­ised.

Es­sen­tials in­clude reg­is­ter­ing with a doc­tor and check­ing you are up-to-date with vac­ci­na­tions, mak­ing sure you have a stu­dent bank ac­count and have shopped around for the best deals, and fi­nally, that you have cre­ated a bud­get us­ing the many free apps and web­sites avail­able. www.nua.ac.uk

Be­low: Some of the stu­dents’ posters

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