Living in a student village – a reflection of my year in Endcliffe

Before moving to University, I was most excited about meeting new people, and in particular, meeting my flatmates. Being surrounded by a whole new set of people when first starting uni can be overwhelming, and it may take a few weeks to find friends or course mates who you enjoy spending time with. That is why it is amazing to have flatmates who you will meet on the first day and spend the rest of the year being close to. Continue reading

Coping with anxiety on a night out

For lots of people, university is the first opportunity for going on a night out to a club. Whether or not clubbing is a new experience for you, it can still be daunting if, like me, you struggle with anxiety. Before I go any further, it’s important to remember that if going on a big night out drinking isn’t your idea of fun, then there is absolutely no pressure to do it – there are so many other ways to enjoy yourself at uni. In my case however, I wanted to be able to go out with my friends without my anxiety holding me back, and so I decided not to let it stop me from doing what I personally wanted. If I was to describe a situation where I would be most prone to panicking, it would be in a tightly packed space surrounded by lots of strangers, not knowing where my friends were, in the dark, feeling overheated, with my head spinning from alcohol. This basically describes a club. Whilst nights out are a great way to have fun, they can be stressful experiences at times. If you can in any way relate to this but want to be able to safely enjoy yourself, there are lots of things you can do to reduce your anxiety. Here are some tips which work for me: Continue reading

How to start using your brain again: getting back into studying after time out

Is it just me who occasionally forgets how to write legible letters on actual paper and make it resemble handwriting? If it’s been a while since you’ve had any need to whip out your pencil case and do something that requires a few more brain cells than watching YouTube videos, it can be overwhelming when you first get back into the routine of work at uni. Whether it’s been a summer off, a whole gap year, or even just a long weekend of doing nothing, sometimes it feels like your brain needs a reboot. Continue reading