Freshers are those who are making the journey from being smothered in the comfortable cocoon that is secondary school to the cold lecture halls of third level education. Less than 6 months ago teachers handed you your assignments with decent guidelines (

“What exactly will be on our Christmas exams” will float its way down the colossal lecture room, only to fall on the ears of someone that may laugh in your face for asking such a farcical question.  Here’s a tip, you will never know what you are really supposed to be doing, the next four years are going to be an ongoing guessing game consisting of fumbling in the dark and simply just hoping that you’ve done everything right.  But this is only one of the drastic changed being hurled at unprepared freshers.  So, what better way to get frazzled students used to their alien surroundings and a new lifestyle than the almighty Freshers Week!

As a student in DIT I decided to take on the ‘burden’ of living in a fresher’s shoes for the week and re-living one of the most amazing weeks of the academic calendar.  Poor me. 

Monday night hosted a time travel bonanza as we journeyed back to the time when the Spice Girls ruled the world, timeless blockbusters ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Home Alone’ were all shown on the big screen with ‘Friends’ dominated the small screen.  Monday night was indeed a celebration of 1990s.  This night proved to be a superb kick off to Freshers week 2011 and there were many a sore head on Tuesday morning! The queue meandered out of the venue (D2) and ran alongside the rails of Harcourt Street.  The 90’s tribute act, Smash Hits had the audience whipping out a few cheesy and outdated dance moves with 90’s classics.

Tuesday 20th September was splashed in colour as hundreds upon hundreds of DIT students filled the venue Break for the Border for the Paint Party.  Gallons of UV paint were flung on faces and old white t-shirts as we showcased some of our ‘best’ dance moves to all the latest chart hits.  This was by far the “best night of the week,” according to Darren, studying mechanical engineering at the Bolton St campus.  There must be truth in his statement as the event was a sell-out success!  The DIT Paint Party is always guaranteed to be a night packed with UV madness and artistic hysteria, and this year it didn’t disappoint.

Wednesday night was the very first of the DIT club night which will be held throughout the year at the WTF Wednesday @ Industry at the Mezz Venue in Temple Bar.  The fresher event launched the first of the new DIT venture with €2 drinks and special surprises.  The event was the first of more to come and we can be assured that we’ll never be bored on a Wednesday night ever again. 

On Thursday we paid tribute to the man himself, the man who is responsible for alcoholism in Ireland, Mr. Arthur Guinness.  We did this, of course, in style with a fantasitc foam party at The Turk’s Head in Temple Bar.  How else would you wish to spend the night only to be doused in clouds of bubbling foam? A majestic foam cannon, DJs and fantastic drink deals all made the night even better.  Party goers claim that ‘the foam party was class craic!’

To round off Freshers Week, the infamous Fresher’s Ball will take place on Thursday 29th September in the Academy.  The night is as always themed so dust down those school uniforms and get ready for the ‘back to school’ party! Prizes will be rewarded for the best dressed on the night.  The line-up includes Mr Hudson, who has collaberated with Jay – Z and Kanye West and Ireland’s own unique talent; Ryan Sheridan.  The Phantom 105.2FM Room will be a showcase for some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming acts while the Green Room will have resident DJs playing  the best music to keep you dancing all night!  Tickets for the event will be €15.

 

For all the aforementioned events the cost was only €5 which is an extremely cheap night out when you consider the drink promotions that were available for some of the nights.   

Best Freshers event: The Paint Party.

Improvements for next year: (according to first year students)

·         Postpone Freshers Week for a couple of weeks so that first years have a chance to get to know their classmates and can go with them.

·         Have events that are under 18s so that the first years who are 17 can attend.

·         Have more freshers events on in college during the day.

 

Overall, DITSUs Fresher’s Week was a huge success and it hasn’t even ended yet, there’s still the ‘back to college’ excitement buzzing through the hallways and the DIT Freshers Ball is sure to be the ultimate welcome back for everyone at DIT.