Social life, health and wellbeing
Starting university can be an overwhelming experience but also a great opportunity to make lifetime friendships and meet new people from across the world. One piece of advice that is given year on year to prospective students is to make the most of Freshers’ week and relish that opportunity to meet new people and get involved in as much as you can.
Disclosing your vision impairment to friends
You may find it helpful to have a chat about your vision impairment to close friends and those that you live with. It is understandable that this may be perceived as an uncomfortable and invasive approach, but past students have found that by sharing basic information has helped to make life easier when making new friends; for example supporting you as a guide if necessary or making accommodations to assist your living arrangements.
When speaking about disclosing their vision impairment in the VICTAR transitions study, a previous student highlighted:
It’s best to do it at the initial stages of the friendship rather than the late stages, because if by the time you are good friends with someone and they don’t know that you are visually impaired, then it can become quite difficult.
Coping with stress and anxiety
Whilst university and college are very exciting times, unfortunately studying can also induce levels of stress and anxiety. This is very common and may be the result of of money worries, pressures of coursework and examinations, relationship, or housing worries, and so on.
It is important to remember that stress and anxiety can be eased and managed more affectively by addressing them as early as you can. Seek support before it before gets worse.
Mind is a great charity which supports people with their mental health. Check out this short video below to find out what help is available:
There are lots of support organisations that will be available to you during your studies that you should reach out to if you need help.
Remember, they are there to be used so no need to hesitate to contact them if you need support!
Moving to a new area can be an exciting time and a great boost to your confidence and independence but it is always advisable to take some safety precautions throughout your time studying.
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