In case you are looking for a little adventure outside of Britain, the university does offer some really great opportunities and events you can sign up to during your first year that will ignite that travelling spark.
Skiing and Snowboarding Trips
If snow sports are your passion than the University does of course have its very own SUSSC (skiing and snowboarding) society which like all societies here will welcome you with open arms. They offer tones of fun filled social events, like pub golf on the Isle of Wight and trips to Southampton dry slopes. But as they say, there’s nothing quite like the real thing so the University also offers two skiing trips abroad in Europe. Once at the end of semester one during the Christmas holidays and the other during the Easter holidays. You just can’t beat the experience of skiing on fresh snow in the heights of towering mountains whilst soaking up European culture.
Every year each halls and some different societies will offer out the chance for you to go on an almost notorious and incredibly memorable trip to Amsterdam. The trip tends to happen in Semester two offering you plenty of time to make those lasting University friendship bonds beforehand and then decide on a probably drunken night out that the only way to better your fresher’s experience is if you buddied up and all went to Amsterdam. The drive by coach is long, you will have to face two twelve hour journeys back and forth but hey, being on the road with your friends is sometimes one of the best parts about travelling. The trip in itself doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, although of course spending money is not included so you’ll need to budget some cash for those late night drinks and other sources of intoxication you may desire to legally use in Amsterdam. All in all Fresherdams can be whatever you make of it, It’s nothing like the Southampton city experience and you basically get to go on a massive a group holiday with your friends and hundreds of other first year students, all ready to have an awesome time in the Dutch Capital.
Now this is an event close to my heart and that I cannot stress enough was one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of at University and just in general. Moving away from home to go to University and live alone is an incredibly daunting experience, it’ll test you and challenge you to adapt to new circumstances preparing you for bigger things to come in life. For me taking part in Jailbreak at university was a massive step in the process of growing up, it was a moment of real transition from being a teenager still reliant on others to a young adult testing my own waters in the world.
So what is Jailbreak?
Jailbreak is a charity fundraising event run by the university’s RAG society every year. The overall premise is that teams of two or three people will have a limited time frame of 36 hours to get as far away from Southampton as possible without spending any money on transport. It’s an insane weekend to be a part of and has endless possible outcomes depending on how you rise to the challenge. You won’t want to miss this, jailbreak will forever remain a solid highlight of your time here at Southampton University.