03/09/2012 08:38 BST | Updated 03/09/2012 08:47 BST

Change Your Mind: Does Freshers' Week Do More Harm Than Good?

Freshers' week starts in less than a fortnight and many students across the country will be preening themselves for a week-long stint of partying.

But some are left dry-mouthed, sweaty-palmed and nightmare-ridden by the thought of thrusting themselves on strangers for the best part of seven days in the name of "mingling".

So we asked Sebastian Salek, Clare College, Cambridge student and The Tab news editor, and Emma Williamson, UEA student and The Concrete lifestyle editor: does freshers' week do more harm than good?