Posted on Fri 13 Nov 2015 at 13:28 by Luke Pilot
Now that we’re heading into Week 7 of term, the Christmas vacation is already in sight, while the events surrounding your transition to University (or transition to your next year of study, research or work) may have somehow started to seem like a distant memory. Whether you’re a first year Undergraduate, a student on your year abroad, a 2+2 student now studying on campus or a postgraduate research student, your time at Warwick is likely in full swing. But what if this transition hasn’t been quite as easy everyone expected?
What you were told to expect from your time at University, or at your FE college, may not align with what you are experiencing. You may have built up the expectation that your first year would be filled with constant partying, or you may have expected to be saddled with a substantial amount of reading. You may have expected a smooth ride in your second year. You may have expected your year abroad to be a breeze. You may have expected your dissertation title to be easy to decide. If you are from overseas, you may have expected a seamless transition to life in England. If you are a 2+2 student, you may have expected the community to be easy to integrate with. You may have expected the research for your PhD to be well on its way. But maybe this isn’t the case – and, if so, that’s really unfortunate. But it’s OK.
There is no simple route through this part of your life, and students now face many struggles in higher and further education. When you first arrive at Warwick, problems at home will still be present in your daily life, but you do not have to deal with these alone. If you were already unwell before you came here, the transition may have been hard on you, but there are professionals here to help. If you’re feeling homesick, or struggling to adjust to this new environment, there are others out there to support you.
At Warwick SU, we are committed to promoting and protecting the mental health and wellbeing of our members, and as part of this commitment we are launching our ‘It’s OK’ campaign. The campaign is designed to help students realise that if you are struggling, you are not alone and can receive help. Life isn’t the easiest journey to embark on, and it certainly does not follow a linear route - this is especially the case at university, where new challenges can arise at any time.
The campaign launches on Monday 16th November (Week 7), with a chill-out area in the Ikea Space (in the SU atrium) for anyone to drop-in and just ‘take five’ or have a chat with myself, a Welfare Advisor from the SU Advice Centre or member of staff from Student Support. As with any other day, we are happy to talk about any concerns you have, be it about that dispute you are embroiled in with your flatmates, or any anxiety you have about work, life or the future.
If you are struggling, take the time to tell a friend, contact the support services on campus or speak to Nightline (02476 417 668) just to offload - don’t bottle it up. Be sure to allow the time to do the things you enjoy, maintain your hobbies and explore new activities. Save some time for yourself – a little self-care can go a long way!
If you can’t come to the SU, please do get in contact with me via firstname.lastname@example.org, the Advice Centre on email@example.com, or check out the It’s OK webpage (www.warwicksu.com/its-ok) for information about other support services. Wherever you are based in the world, if you are a Warwick student, we are here for you.