If you haven't already, you'll get your results and confirm your place at LSE. Get ready by doing any pre-reading you've been assigned, finalising your living arrangements and, if you need to, making sure your Student Finance or Visa applications are in progress. Admissions, the International Student Visa Advice Team and your department can help you if anything isn't going to plan, but bear in mind, they'll be extremely busy and may not get back to you immediately.
You'll arrive at LSE in Welcome Week. Through the week you'll learn more about your courses, what we expect from an LSE student, your department, LSE's services and the clubs and societies you can join. People experience Welcome Week differently- some love how busy and energetic it is, others find it overwhelming. However you find it, remember, it's not the last chance to meet new people and join societies or volunteering teams so don't worry if you don't quite work out which ones you want to join right away.
You'll start your classes and should now have access to all of LSE's resources. If you haven't already, you can download LSE's app, the Student Hub.
Opportunities for paid work are available all over London. The School and Students' Union will also recruit for student staff in Michaelmas Term.
If you have a disability and haven't done so already, get in touch with the Disability and Wellbeing Service to discuss adjustments and plans for your study.
October, November, December
You should now have a full timetable and understand the deadlines for any work you'll be asked to submit.
You'll meet with your Academic Mentor and can book appointments with any of LSE's services if you're interested in extra support in building your skills. LSE LIFE and LSE Careers run full programmes and it's likely your department will also have extra curricular activities you can attend and your teachers will run Office Hours.
You may decide to run as your course's Course Rep, and if elected, you'll attend training during this period. The first Staff Student Liasion Committee meetings of the year will take place in this period.
Larger companies offering internships will start to post them from September, with deadlines varying. Many expect to fill their places for the next summer by the December and January before. If you're hoping to do a summer internship, do plenty of research to make sure you have time to prepare good applications for the ones that most appeal to you. If you've missed a deadline or not been offered the placement you want this year, don't worry. Other opportunities will come up through the spring, and you can apply again in your second year. LSE Careers are there to support you with any questions you may have.
If you're taking January exams, you'll receive your timetable as soon as it's ready and can start planning your revision and plans for the break. Even if you have revision or assignments to do during the break, remember to schedule in time to relax, catch up with friends and family and reflect on your first term at LSE.
You may feel like the reading, assignments and studying should (and could) take up all of your time, but this is an ideal point in your time at LSE to start finding out what kind of activities benefit you, and which ones don't. Remember though, you can't do everything all the time and you don't need to feel pressured to get involved with things just because your peers are doing them. Try to keep up with your notes as you go or revision later will be more difficult.