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A new academic year, time for a new start

Friday 12 September 2014

If you’re returning to Queen Mary after the summer vacation welcome back! You survived the last academic year and are hopefully feeling refreshed and ready to start work again. For many this a time of renewed good intentions and like New Year’s resolutions these can fall by the wayside all too quickly!

If you finished last year feeling frazzled and exhausted and swore not to leave things to the last minute EVER AGAIN,  then now is a good time to think about what you might like to do differently this time. Did you find yourself procrastinating and having to stay up all night before a deadline then feeling you hadn’t really done your best? Did you spend the year working all the time and then feeling isolated and like you don’t belong? Did you get behind with things because of problems outside of college that you didn’t talk to anyone about? If any of these scenarios feel familiar to you you’re not alone, many students have these experiences and it’s never too late to turn over a new leaf.

  • If you found yourself procrastinating and getting stressed as a result there is a free app called ‘unstuck’ that can help here!
  • Later in the year the counselling service will offer one off workshops on dealing with procrastination. Keep an eye on the Advice and Counselling website for updates!
  • If you’ve found yourself struggling to feel part of the social side of university life and it’s something you want to change this year then check out the Students' Union website and get involved in what’s going on.
  • If you find socialising difficult you could offer some time each week to work as a volunteer with one of the wide range of placements organised through the SU. This way you can meet like-minded students and have a shared focus for ready-made conversation, and it’s great for you CV too!  
  • And if you want to improve your social skills and develop better friendships there are some great tips and ideas available online. The website, Succeed Socially, has some great tips on building your social life!
  • There are also quite a few books in our bibliotherapy collection that can help, including titles on improving your self confidence, overcoming social anxiety and building healthy relationships.

If you are experiencing difficulties in your personal life, even if they don’t seem to be connected to uni at all they can still effect your studies. If this is happening to you then it’s important to seek support sooner rather than later! Try talking to your personal tutor/mentor/advisor- you might be surprised by how much support is available to help students. If you feel you need to talk to someone privately, you can also take a look at the Advice and Counselling website, which explains the sorts of things we help students with and how to make an appointment.

Good luck for the coming year!

Advice & Counselling Service

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