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By Hayley Keveren (Community Student Rep)

When you first come to university, you are told it is the best experience of your life. I’m not going to pretend that my university journey has been easy, because it hasn’t. At the start of second year, I found I really struggled with adjusting to the step up from first year. At times, I even questioned whether it was even worth going through to become a PE teacher. I decided that my best option was to go to see my personal tutor, who reassured me that I was doing everything right to succeed at university. After this chat I felt more confident and continued into second year, striving to reach my full potential.

Then lockdown hit!! Initially, when learning moved online, I was worried about how this would impact me. Thankfully, my organisational work ethic helped me through, and I comfortably finished second year.

Going into third year, there was a lot of uncertainty around what university would look like. However, I was confident that I had the ability to plan my time accordingly to complete all my work and assignments, no matter what situation I was faced with.

But sometimes things don’t go to plan. Last week I got the feeling again that university wasn’t really worth it. I was struggling with a particular assignment and because of this, it made me question my ability once again. But, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I got my running shoes and went out for a long run. And it really helped!! It boosted my mood and I felt so refreshed after. I decided after this to have a day off that particular assignment and return to it the following day.

I couldn’t recommend doing this enough!! Sometimes I think we underestimate how beneficial it is to take a step back. It’s okay to take a break, we all need a bit of me time once in a while!!

5 top tips to make university ‘slightly’ easier:

  • If you are struggling, talk to a lecturer or your personal tutor, they are there to help.
  • It’s okay to take a break. Go for a walk, a run or just watch your favourite Netflix show.
  • Plan your time, so when you are going to work, relax etc. This will help keep your stress levels low and keep you organised and on track.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep as lack of sleep is an influencer on higher stress levels.
  • Exercise regularly! This will not only help your mental health but also your physical health too.

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