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Why are we taking the fun out of Fresher’s Week?

By Serena Kutchinsky  

Do you remember your first week at university? Until recently, I was sure that I had retained a clear, if slightly rose-tinted, picture of mine. Was it nerve-wracking? Yes. Alcohol-fuelled? Yes. Sexist? No. My, mainly fond, memories include awkward conversations, surprisingly tame drinking sessions, failed flirting attempts with third year boys, signing up to far-too-many societies and endless rounds of “room parties” – which were basically an experiment to see how many bodies could be squeezed into our shoebox-like sleep chambers. I’ve forgotten a few details it’s true, but I wasn’t aware that I had overlooked an endemic culture of…

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