Things not to do in O-Week

By Kate Bishop

When you come to Rhodes you will receive a handbook about all the fun activities on offer. However, what isn’t mentioned is what you shouldn’t do in O-Week. Here follows a little advice to help you make the most out of your first week at Rhodes.

*Try not to spend all your time in res during O-Week. This is the time to make friends and become familiar with your new campus and town. Although going out is generally associated with drinking, there really is no pressure.

*First impressions last. Having naps may seem like a good idea at the time, but a couple of O-Week impulse decisions may end up haunting you later. And ladies, the smudged mascara, outfit-from-the-night-before look isn’t always the best feeling when it’s time to walk home in the morning.

*Don’t get on the wrong side of your warden; you are going to have to live under his/her authority for the next few years, so beware!*Don’t indulge without first knowing your alcohol limit. You might be ready to test the limits of your new-found freedom, but remember to pace yourself and drink responsibly. UDI (Unidentified Drinking Injuries) or having to be carried home from Friars before ten will simply make you look like a first year. And not in a good way.

*Don’t fall prey to first year spread. Stay away from toast after meals – you don’t really need it or those greasy takeaways after a heavy night out. Think about taking up a sport or signing up at the Rhodes gym.

*Don’t walk home alone after a big night. This should be common sense no matter where you are. There’s always safety in numbers. Also make sure you familiarise yourself with the campus Blue Routes.

*Grahamstown fashion is somewhat unique. Leave the heels and tiny skirts at home. Dress comfortably and avoid over-doing it if you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.

*Lastly, don’t spend all your money in the first few days of the month. Student life can be rough, and even more so when you’re broke and can’t afford to go out.

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