Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off and you'll soon be joining us at Downing. The Freshers' Committee have worked really hard to give you the best possible welcome to Downing, with the best Freshers' Week in Cambridge. It is very important that you read the 2017 Freshers' Handbook, which contains vital information, helpful advice, the timetable for Freshers' Week and the International Freshers' Handbook (including the international timetable for early arrivals), created by the Freshers’ Committee and International Freshers' Committee respectively.
The best way to stay up to date with plans for Freshers' Week, including how to order your very own Downing Freshers' 2017 hoody, is to join our Facebook page 'Downing College Official Offer Holders 2017', which will become 'Downing College Official Freshers 2017' after Results' Day. As soon as your room has been allocated, we'll be creating Facebook groups for each accommodation building, so you can plan together before you arrive and organise anything you may wish to share. For these, we will have a list of official names to accept into each group, so if your Facebook name doesn't match your official name, please message Ollie or Asha, or email to let us know. If you don't have a Facebook account and don't want to get one, please let us know by email, and we will make sure we keep you updated.
You'll also hear from your college parents before you arrive at Downing - they are second years who do your subject, and exist as a support mechanism to help you settle in to Downing. You'll meet them during Freshers' Week, but they are a great source of advice (especially subject related) before you arrive, so ask them questions!
The whole JCR committee are introduced in the Freshers' Handbook, but the key people you may want to contact with questions are the President (Sofiya Gatens), the Head Freshers' Reps (Ollie Winters and Asha Phakey) and the International Officers (Sophie Corrodi and Ioanna Droussiotou). Please feel free to email or send us a Facebook message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
The whole JCR and Freshers' Committee are very excited to welcome you all in September. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions, no matter how small, before then we'll be more than happy to answer.
Ollie Winters and Asha Phakey
Head Freshers' Reps 2017