Today’s blog post is the first one of my guest posts, something a little different but hopefully useful.
I’ve just recently completed my first semester at university, so I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about it…
So I guess I best start from the beginning; originally I had planned to go to De Montford in Leicester however I changed my mind due to health reasons as well thinking long and hard about the courses. Anyway I’m not hear to talk about that but that was just a little bit of background information into why I chose Leeds in the end (obviously there were many other reasons as well).
So one thing I can say about Leeds Beckett is that it is very spaced out… which means a lot of walking! The next thing is that the University itself seems really helpful in ways like offering support, extra activities and overall just being there for people who need it. I really think this is useful to have at Universities whether it be that you’re struggling with your course, struggling at home, financially or health issues, I’m sure every uni has support available if needed but what I’m trying to say is it seems to be advised to make it known a lot in Leeds for students.
I think Leeds is also a lovely city, its full of different things to do and has amazing shops from high street to designer. For me, Leeds seemed perfect for my course with it being fashion as the city is very fast paste and has so much inspiration for designs as well!! Most people see Leeds as a shopping city however there is so much more to do there as well and there’s so many sites that tell you ‘Top ten things to do in Leeds’ so you can always find them if you was to come and explore Leeds.
Anyway the main aim of today’s blog post is sharing some tips for people who are thinking or going to university. This change can be super hard but some people can find it easy as well.
So today’s guest is Ellie.
“Hey Everyone, I’m Ellie from So Called Mental[link to www.effiegill.co.uk]. I am a 20 year old mental health blogger from Yorkshire, currently studying Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Edge Hill University. I love being a student however at the beginning I found it super hard to overcome homesickness and getting use to a new life. Starting University is a tricky time for everyone, learning to deal with the new pressures of university life and meeting new people. Moving away is a big deal so there are bound to be feelings of homesickness, whether it’s straight away or later on in the year it is best to be prepared and have a few tricks up your sleeve for when those feelings strike.
1. Don’t get upset and blame yourself for feeling homesick
It can be hard not to blame yourself when you are struggling to cope with university life. Don’t forget that most are finding it as tough as you are. Moving away from home, living alone, looking after yourself and getting all what is expected of you completed can be tiring and at times ‘too much’.
Just remember to take a step back, breathe and everything will be A-OK.
2. Always have realistic expectations…
University experiences in reality are often different to one’s initial expectations. By week four, everyone is usually tired, ill and no longer interested in partying Monday to Sunday. University is not all fun and games; it often involves a ton of work, stress and sleepless nights. Don’t lose sight of this!
3. Hang out in social/communal areas
Social or communal areas are crucial for making friends and combating the feeling of not belonging. Everyone is in the same situation, therefore it isn’t weird to randomly talk to someone or sit with them. Go to all events on offer; hang out in coffee shops on campus or at the student union!
4. Join a society or club and try something new
Societies are key to making friends with similar interests to you. They provide a break away from studying, the opportunity to mix with people from across the university as well as the chance to try something completely new.
5. Ask for Help
Lastly, and most importantly, ask for help. You are absolutely not the only one. Talk to others, the university student services such as the wellbeing team, or friends at other universities – you’ll be surprised how much it can help.
Smile, you’ve totally got this!”- Ellie
A massive thank you to Ellie for being the first guest blogger. Hope you all found her tips useful and interesting. Be sure to leave a comment with any tips you’d like to share.
Lots of love