We Asked Some Of This Year’s Freshers What They Think About York So Far

It is officially UOY Freshers’ Week 2015! And Freshers’ Week is all about… well… the freshers! We interviewed some of the Uni’s newest students to find out what their first impressions were.

Here’s what they had to say…

Laura Curtis, English Language and Linguistics. 


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Why York? I visited the city a while back and fell in love. It’s far away away from home so I feel independent, but I felt at home when I looked around. 

Which event are you most looking forward to? Either AnimAL or FormAL (Alcuin College). AnimAL will be when everyone is excited and making friends, and FormAL will be a fun time to look back on the past week. 

What do you think the best thing about UOY will be? Getting to meet new people and have fun with a newly-found independence. 

And the worst? Finding my way around, I always manage to get lost! 

Emily Bean, Psychology. 


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Why York? I applied to York on a whim, I didn’t even think they’d send me an offer, so you can imagine my surprise when I was accepted. It wasn’t until I attended the post-applicant open day that I completely fell in love with York, both city and campus. One of the things that cemented York as my firm choice university was the amount of support. When I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I thought I’d never make it to university, it made me feel hopeless, but the on-campus doctor’s surgery and counselling services give me confidence that nothing is impossible for me!

Which event are you most looking forward to? Beyond college events, I’m looking forward to the LGBT socials. I think it’s going to be great to get to know people who have had similar experiences coming to terms with their sexuality as me, and who don’t contribute to things like the erasure or fetishisation of bisexuality.

What do you think the best thing about UOY will be? Everything! Strangely, I think moving into my own space and having to take on things like shopping, washing and cooking will be amazing. This being said, the best thing about going to York is going to be making new friends! I can’t wait to meet new people!

And the worst? Definitely leaving my family, boyfriend and pets at home! My family and my boyfriend have supported me through an awful lot in the past few years, so it’ll be hard not to have them around. I’m gonna miss my two dogs and my horse madly too.

Daniel Hurst, Chemistry. 


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Why York? I chose York because it’s such a lovely campus university and is very well respected globally. The chemistry department is amazing and the city itself is beautiful. 

Which event are you most looking forward to? I’m most looking forward to the AnimAL event as it’ll be the first night out with all the new people I’ll potentially be spending 4 years with, and it’ll be a fantastic icebreaker. 

What do you think the best thing about UOY will be? I think it’ll be being a part of a massive community of like-minded people and studying a subject I love. 

And the worst? Definitely being separated from my dog! 

Kati Jupp, Psychology. 


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Why York? I chose York because when I visited I absolutely loved the department. The course looked awesome and the lecturers seemed really passionate about the subject.

Which event are you most looking forward to? Probably The Big Top, so many people are going to be there and it sounds like its going to be a crazy night out!

What do you think the best thing about UOY will be? All the societies look like so much fun, so either that or all the social events – I’ve heard great things!

And the worst? Probably doing actual work…

Sam Huntley, English Literature. 


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Why York? Firstly, I was aware that York has an impressive academic reputation. I think the idea of being part of a leading institution is exciting and greatly motivating. I also thought the campus looked really smart and had a relaxed, friendly vibe about it. After walking around and talking to current students and staff, I felt quite connected to the place already. There was definitely a gut instinct involved. Oh, and the city is beautiful! 

Which event are you most looking forward to?  To be honest, I’m looking forward to all of the Freshers’ events. I’m in Alcuin and TerritoriAL, OlympicAL and ColourfAL all look brill. I’m also looking forward to the Viking Raid. Although yeah, everything looks like it’s going to be fun!

What do you think the best thing about UOY will be? There are so many things that I’m looking forward to! York’s student community seems brilliant; really active and welcoming. So I’m really excited about hopefully meeting tons of great people and making some great memories. I’m also really keen to get involved with all of the awesome activities/societies! I’m especially keen to get involved with music and creative writing. Bring it on! 

And the worst? The geese; I’ve heard things… 

Jess Roberts, Business and Management (with a year in industry). 

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Why York? I chose York for many reasons: the course, the placement service, the new campus, the lovely city and the overall feel of the Uni. York just felt like the right place for me.

Which event are you most looking forward to? That’s a hard question as there is so much going on during Freshers’, but I am quite excited for Colour Fest as I have never been to a paint party before; it’s going to be one messy afternoon… Also, The Big Top – Nothing But Thieves should be ace.

What do you think the best thing about UOY will be? So far, the people, I know that that is probably a really predictable answer but I haven’t met a bad one yet!

And the worst? I haven’t encountered them yet, but I have heard the geese are pretty intimidating. I’m not looking forward to bumping into them on my own!

Ollie Hobbs, PPE. 


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Why York? Why on earth wouldn’t you choose York?! Regularly ranked in the top 100 unis globally, the University of York rivals Oxbridge on so many courses. An absolutely stunning campus (a lake, Heslington Hall, the grounds…) and a genuinely warm atmosphere, where people want to help. Just an amazing place – exactly what a uni should be.

Which event are you most looking forward to? Is it sad to say literally the whole year? I can’t wait for everything UOY has to throw at me, but the FormAL sounds pretty cool. I’m a little old fashioned that way.

What do you think the best thing about UOY will be? The academia, staff that are interested in knowledge, like-minded friends and flatmates, LOADS of sports and societies… Honestly, just everything. There’s nowhere else you can do so much, and most of it is laid on.

And the worst? I took two years out between college and starting uni, and for part of that joined a branch of the RAF, so I’m used to living away from home. Even so, I moved in early (the 17th), and it still felt really odd driving away from home and knowing that I’m permanently living elsewhere. That said, this first week has rushed by so quickly it feels like I’ll be graduating in a few months! The buildings look a bit shabby at first but you grow to love them, aside from that, I honestly can’t fault it at all.