Tips for Freshers | Interview with Jack Edwards | Top Universities

Tips for Freshers | Interview with Jack Edwards | Top Universities

August 14, 2019 4 By Stanley Isaacs


– Hello everybody, it’s Pavel from QS. Today we’re in Summer in the City and with me is Jack. – Hello. – Hello, Jack. Who is first year, he just
finished his first year in Durham University and
I’m curious to find out what is it to be a fresher
in that university. So why don’t you talk to me about it. – You learn so much in your first year. It’s so interesting,
not just academically, obviously that’s a huge part of it, and you learn a lot about something that you’re so passionate about
but also just about yourself and kind of meeting new people. I think university is the only time ever where you’ll be able to just
go up to a random stranger and be like hi, I’m
Jack, nice to meet you, what’s your name, what
subjects are you doing kind of thing, and so
the first couple of weeks were really nice meeting
so many new people because I didn’t know
anyone else who was going to the same university. I was a lone ranger. So I just went kind of
just desperately hoping to make some friends, but yeah, it’s been a really fun
experience just getting involved in as much as possible and
trying to learn as much as I can outside of my subjects. – You study literature? – English literature, yeah. – Okay, what you can
study in that university? – There’s everything really. Anything from like kind of sports science and that kind of thing to
like physics, biology, maths. Obviously I’m kind of
part of the humanities, bachelor of arts side of
things, so that’s kind of history, politics, english, so
yeah, a lot of essay writing, that kind of thing, a lot of books. – Which you love. – Which I like. That helps, thankfully that helps a bit. I quite like reading so yeah,
that’s good for me at least. – In terms of international
students, are there a lot there? – Yeah, definitely. It’s funny ’cause some
of my closest friends, we can’t meet up over summer
because they’re just all over the world and I think that’s
one of the best things about it because it’s such a rich kind of tapestry of cultures and
ethnicities and everything. I love that. So yeah, my best friend
lives in in Bulgaria. – I’m from Bulgaria. – Oh, there you go. That’s who I was talking,
I was talking about you. One of my other housemates lived in Canada but was brought up in Hong Kong. So yeah, there’s definitely diversity. I think that the university
definitely does need to work on kind of more
diversity and more access but they definitely have made a start and I think that’s one of
the best things about it is that you meet people
from all over the world. And not just from the
little village that you were brought up in. So for me, coming from quite a small town, it was really exciting and
interesting to meet people from all over and you learn
so much from each other. So yeah, that’s definitely a definite perk of going to university. – So in a sense, going to university is like traveling the world? – Kind of, yeah, except just you’re poor. – But there is alcohol. – Yeah, I suppose it’s
quite similar because like your uni dorms kind of
closely resemble hostels so actually, to be honest,
it’s not much different. Why bother paying for a plane ticket when you can just go to university? It’s probably equally expensive actually. – You loved your first year. – I had such a good experience, yeah. I’m really excited to go
back and continue with it. Yeah, I really enjoyed the first year. It was so much more
than I ever anticipated because Durham for me wasn’t
actually the university that was kind of my dream uni. I’d applied to Oxford
and didn’t get in so then Durham kind of became then my new top. Yeah, so it wasn’t where I was
necessarily expecting to go or where I’d always dreamed of
going but it turned out to be like a perfect place for
me and it was definitely, I suppose that’s what all
people who are rejected from a university would say,
but like I definitely think that somehow everything worked
out in the perfect way for me and I really love it, yeah, yes, the perfect place for me to be. – So since you finished
already your first year, tell me three tips for
everybody who wants to join this university, what should they do? – Okay, so number one is to
just say yes to everything. There’ll be so many opportunities. – We’ll have party in
your room, yes, come in. – Within reason, yes to everything, to like just get involved
with as much as possible. It’s the best time to start something new. I know people who are now like the captain of the mixed lacrosse team
who had never played it a year ago, you know? And it’s things like that
where just get involved with as much as possible and
everyone’s kind of starting from scratch a little bit. Again, number two would
be just introduce yourself to as many people as
possible and approach people. Don’t be afraid to just go and say hello. It’s not embarrassing, you
don’t look like a loser. I can guarantee that that
person standing over there on their own wants you to
come and say hello to them. It works both ways. So definitely just introduce
yourself to as many people as possible, make as
many friends as you can. Because that will be
the best thing for you. And then number three
would be bring fancy dress because you will need it. There are so many nights,
like you would just walk down the street at
university and there would be three people in tuxedos
and cocktail dresses and then there’d be a set of
crayons walking down the street and a chicken and
someone dressed as Shrek. And you don’t bat an eyelid
because you’re so used to it. So I’d definitely that if
you have a Shrek costume, bring it to university. – Sounds like Comic Con. – Yeah, it literally is Comic
Con but in just a whole city for a whole year. – Okay, so say yes. – Yep. – Introduce yourself. I saw in one of your videos
that you introduced yourself to so many people then
you forgot their names. – Oh my god, yeah, it’s
like a constant thing in the first week, you get
so used to just kind of, you want to introduce yourself
to as many people as possible and you want to make a
good first impression, that by the end of your conservation, I’m like I don’t even remember your name. – [Pavel] So did you fix that? – Yeah, eventually obviously
you kind of have to, if you’ve got like a social media helps. Or like learning from other people. But yeah, just hearing
them introduce themselves to other people and then it’s
like oh, this is my friend, and then they go oh, I’m
Sophie, yes, okay right, that’s Sophie, okay, cool. – [Pavel] Let me give you more tips. – Yes. – You can ask to repeat
their name when you greet so if they repeat it
once, or even two times, it kind of get more– – Yeah, exactly. – And then make associations. Like, for example, your name Jack. Directly comes to my
mind in Jack and Jill, I was like okay, I don’t
know any other Jack. (mumbles) associations
and ask for their name. – Very true, very true. – So say yes, introduce yourself, and bring your fancy stuff. – Bring your Shrek
costume, you will need it. – Or buy one if you don’t have one. – Buy one. Yeah, you will get a
lot of use out of that. More than you could ever dream of. – Okay, that’s it from fresher. – Yeah. – Thanks so much for joining us. – Thank you for having me. – Thanks so much for watching, we’ll see you in the next video. (upbeat music)