Swinging start for North Hertfordshire College students at Hitchin Freshers’ Festival

Starting the academic year at North Herts College

Starting the academic year at North Herts College - Credit: Archant

Here’s the way to get a new year of study off to a swinging start – hundreds of fresh-faced students arriving at North Herts College for the start of term made the most of the annual ice-breaking Freshers’ Festival in Hitchin on Friday.

Starting the academic year at North Herts College

Starting the academic year at North Herts College - Credit: Archant

NHC’s Students’ Union put together the biggest event on the college calendar, which aims to help new and existing students to make sure they make the most of their time there.

Students were able to gather information about a wide range of services available at the college, and from outside companies. Fairground rides were the biggest hit of the day, with students testing their courage on the Atmos Fear, which flung them high into the air and upside down.

Entertainment and food was also laid on by existing students.

The SU’s Monique Honeygan-Matthew, who organised the event, said: “We try to involve as many curriculum areas as we can.


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“We had performances by the music students, the catering students put on lunch for us and the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy had an enterprise stall set up.

“I think the festival benefits new students because it allows them to see what we have to offer all in one place and have a fantastic day full of fun.”

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New student Alexandra Underwood, who has just started her Level 3 Travel and Tourism course, said: “I think it’s good because we get to find out about different perks the college has to offer.

“I found out about local shopping centres putting on student nights for us, I got a NUS card and got to have a go driving a car, even though I’ve never driven before.

“I’ve only been at college for a couple of weeks, but I’m really enjoying it.”

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