Life as a fresher this year is a cross between Nineteen Eighty-Four and Lord of the Flies | Iris Clifford

With coronavirus rife and universities focusing on revenues, it feels as though we have been left to fend for ourselves

It’s less than a fortnight into my first term of university and it seems like I have received more emails informing me of coronavirus restrictions than I have about my actual course. I am an undergraduate at the University of Manchester and, like so many others across the country, my introduction to student life has been a shambles.

Coming from a gap year ruined by coronavirus I was hoping for a change in environment, taking in freshers’ events, society fairs and opportunities to meet new people. Instead the university experience I was looking forward to hasn’t materialised, with little to no communication informing me of when and where these events are, and which of them have been transferred online or just cancelled.

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