Increasingly, a university is expected to be a path for everyone. It provides vital skills for life in most workplaces, but it’s not the best fit for everyone – or not immediately. While you might feel an enormous pressure not just to stay at university but to excel and also have a good time; this pressure can do more harm than good. That’s not just about your results but to your mental health.
More students than ever are reporting problems with mental health, from homesickness, and stress to depression and this has lead to almost triple the previous rates of dropout. This can be caused by the pressure of work, a sense of isolation or the weight of expectation from family and friends, or simply not enjoying the university experience when you feel you should.
There are lots of ways to deal with this. If you’re feeling depressed, stressed and it’s affecting your ability to live your life, universities and student unions have mental health resources which you should absolutely take advantage of. If you’re experiencing some bad mental health, which according to Mind one in four people do every year there’s no substitute for talking to the experts.
If the problem is feeling a little disaffected, today we have some advice!
Talk to Your Tutors
If you’re finding keeping up with your studies difficult, try talking to your tutor. You use study skills at a university that you don’t get the chance to practice beforehand, and your tutor may be able to connect with someone who can help you hone them. Student mentors, study groups and online resources are all options that can help you feel a bit more on top of your studies.
Find your Friends
Many students have problems with isolation at University. While there’s every chance that when you move into your student accommodation Wolverhampton University will have put you together with friends who will last a lifetime, if you don’t bond immediately you mind find yourself at a loss for friends.
One of the best places to look is in university clubs and societies. These are huge groups of people who all share at least one interest with you, whether that’s comic books, ecology or improvised comedy!
Finding friends who you can trust and rely on is one of the most important ways to deal with low mood, and to help you think over the tough decisions if you feel like the university is not for you.