Whether you’re moving away from home for the first time, have just finished college or are returning to education as a mature student, starting university can be a daunting experience. For me, overcoming my anxiety made the transition difficult to say the least. After trying to move away, I soon realised that moving back home and transferring to my local university would give me my best chance of succeeding. After enrolling on a new degree course I was back on track.
As I now complete my fourth year at university, I think it’s safe to say that the support available helped me make the most of every experience. I’m not ashamed to say that, without the range of support systems available at university, I might not have been able to achieve all I have today.
Whether you face homesickness, bereavement, academic challenges, disability needs or accommodation issues, the chances are that support...
When filling in your application, one part you may need a little extra help with is entering your AS and A levels. In this blog post, we’ve compiled some of your frequently asked questions to help you complete this section!
Where do I find the option for AS and A levels on the application?
Once you've added your school/college in the Education section of the application, you'll then have the option to ‘add qualifications'.
Type the name of your qualification into the search box, or select it from the shortlist if you school/college has created one.
From spring 2020 the law around organ donation in England is changing
What is organ and tissue donation?
Organ and tissue donation is giving your organs and/or tissues to help save or improve the lives of others when you die.
One organ donor can save or transform the lives of up to nine people. Tissue transplants can also significantly improve a person’s quality of life. This might be a cornea to help someone see again, a replacement heart valve to treat a heart defect, or skin to treat severe burns.
Choosing to donate your organs is a generous and worthwhile decision that can save lives.
Thousands of people in the UK are waiting for an organ transplant, with their lives on hold while they wait for a phone call to say that a match has been found. Sadly, someone dies every day in need of a transplant due to a shortage of organ donors.
Don't be swayed by misinformation. We've answered some of the common myths about organ donation below.
Will doctors try their best to save my life if I'm registered as an organ donor?
While starting university can be full of new experiences and mark the exciting journey into adulthood, many students struggle with the initial transition from school or college. At Student Minds we have been developing resources to support you with this move and want to share our top tips with you!
Meeting new people
Not knowing many people can be a bit scary at first, but don’t let your ‘stress signal’ stop you from making new friends. Most people feel some stress when meeting new people and making new friends. Instead of thinking about meeting others as stressful, imagine how exciting it can be to develop new friendships and discover new ways of looking at the world. And remember, not every new person you meet will be an automatic friend. You get to choose who you will be friends with! The more people you meet, the more likely you will be to find another person who will become a friend.
Spring is a good time to refill my bookshelves. Fall is great for cosying up with a book and a cup of tea. Winter should be spent reading inside with a warm blanket. Still, summer wins when it comes to being the best season for reading, not just because of the dizzying heat outside, but because it’s an excellent time and opportunity to catch up with some reading before heading off to uni.
So, what am I reading this summer? In this post, I want to give you a look at my bookshelf: what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I plan to read.
1. What I’ve read:
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov). Hilarious. Tragic and creepy, but still hilarious. Along with Nabokov’s America, the mind of Humbert, Humbert was too fascinating; I’m afraid I completely forgot to engage in any academic or critical thinking, so this one is definitely re-read material, but I’ll gladly open it again!
With the ever-changing world of work, it is more important than ever for you to have more than one qualification in any given subject. There are increasing numbers of people with an undergraduate degree, and many of them are looking to boost their CV to show that they have more to offer.
Which extra qualifications you do will probably be dependent on the job that you are doing – or the job you want to be doing. For example, accountants or medical professionals will have specific skills which they can enhance with other qualifications.
However, there are also courses that can be done to enhance anyone’s CV – to make you more attractive as a potential employee.
Health and safety in the workplace is very important, and the more people who have studied – even to a basic level – the better.
When thinking about a career, some people just want to be able to earn as much money as possible. However, most of us would rather do something that we love, and hope to be able to earn enough for the life that we want to live.
For some people, it is also important to be doing a job in which they feel that they are making a difference. There is more to life than just earning money, and making a difference to someone else’s life is equally, if not more satisfying than a big paycheque at the end of each month.
That doesn’t mean to say, however, that you can’t earn a living and make a career out of making a difference. Below are just some of the careers that make a positive difference to the world and people’s lives.
Renewable energy is something of a buzzword at the moment, and for good reason. As the world hurtles towards an environmental crisis, sourcing good and usable energy is becoming increasingly important....
It takes a special kind of person to be an entrepreneur: they’re typically creative, with a different way of thinking or seeing the world, a passion for what they do, and maybe even a serial risk-taker.
In today’s world, where over 1.7 million people are graduating from university each year, competition is rife for graduate jobs. But it has also never been easier to hone your entrepreneurial skills and set up on your own.
It is generally accepted that entrepreneurship is a trait that people have. It is difficult to learn how to be an entrepreneur. It tends to be something that you are born with, or develop over time. Most people who are entrepreneurs have a drive to succeed, and a need to break out of traditional employment.
Starting university is an adventure, but it can also be a bit daunting for many new students. Will I fit in? Will I make new friends quickly? Will I enjoy my course? What if I can’t cope? These are the kind of questions going through new students’ minds.
Luckily, 90% of students have the back-up of a close family when going to university. Parents help their children settle in to the new environment and make sense of the new challenges ahead, and, if possible, help financially, and just as importantly, emotionally. Stand Alone’s most recent research, ‘Family Matters’, identified the importance of emotional support from their family to students throughout their time in higher education, especially during stressful times.