Create a routine
It can be really helpful to keep to a schedule for lectures, independent study and work. Make sure you schedule in time for rest and fun as well! Remember to prioritise meeting your basic needs. Having enough sleep, eating regular nutritious meals and keeping an eye on how much you drink can go a long way in supporting your overall wellbeing.
Set a budget
Work out your income from grants, loans, work, savings and family and friend support and then look at your outgoings for rent, bills and food. This will leave you more prepared for the month and you’ll know how much you have available to spend on social activities and extra purchases.
Expect to feel some stress
Assessments, presentations, projects and exams can feel really stressful. This is completely normal. If you are feeling this way: take a break, go for a walk, chat to a friend, do something creative or do a breathing exercise. If you find your stress levels are overwhelming – reach out for help.
Join Clubs or Societies
This is a great way to meet people with similar interests. Also, uni is a great time to try new things, giving you the opportunity to make friends who have different hobbies. You may even discover new passions and talents.
Meeting new people and joining in with events and activities is a really important part of uni life. Remember though, It’s OK to say no sometimes if you want to prioritise study, work, rest or saving money.
Remember your motivation
Why did you choose to come and study this particular course? What are you hoping to get out of this experience? Hold on to those motivations during the more challenging periods.
Be kind and patient with yourself
If you catch yourself using negative self-talk, try and remind yourself that starting this next stage of your life involves a lot of change and it can take time to adjust. Talk to yourself like you would to a good friend.
You are not alone
Most importantly, if you are struggling, please talk to someone. This could be someone you are close to and/or most universities will have services available to help with all sorts of problems, including counselling services. Remember that just because you can deal with something on your own – it doesn’t mean you should have to!
By Chavi Sufrin, Lead Student Counsellor