Top Tips from the Student Support Adviser:
• Join a society, team or volunteer. It’s a great way to meet people and make friends.
Joining a society will allow you to network with students who have come from different countries and have different ideas to share, with over 350 to choose from you’re sure to find something that suits you. Not only that you will be enjoying events full of fun and making new friends. You can enjoy the environment of your home country with people from the same background. Meet students in their final year or higher year of study and share idea. Get involved and fill you CV with existing volunteering work and get yourself on top for top employers! Visit the SU’s website to find out what societies you join and the volunteering website to find out what volunteering projects you can get stuck into.
• If you’re struggling with your course then ask for help.
You won’t be the first and you won’t be the last person to struggle with making the transition from school-based learning to lecture-based learning. It’s important that you talk to your tutor as soon as possible highlighting your concerns, as you’ll be amazed at what they can do to reassure and support you! You can also get in touch with the Student Support Adviser, Steph, based at the Atrium to seek further support. You can get in touch with Steph via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 0161 275 3033/3781 to book an appointment to have a chat. Steph also has some great information and advice in the crucial guide which can be found here.
If you’re living in halls then why not take part in the welcome week organised by your hall? It’s a great way to meet those you live with and to help build up a community feel. During your time in halls you will be part of their Residents’ Association who organise socials and trips away, and it’s recommended to get actively involved in their activities, you can check out their website here. You can also seek support and advice from your flat tutor and the pastoral team .
Get to know your campus and find out what’s going on around the Uni so as not to miss out on any exciting activities by visiting the following websites: http://www.welcome.manchester.ac.uk/getready/ & http://manchesterstudentsunion.com/
If you feel you need a bit more academic support to aid your learning and to find out what your learning style is, then the library’s My Learning Essentials Programme can help you. They have courses that guide you on how to structure academic essays, improve your presentation skills and many more. Don’t struggle in silence, ask for help in the Learning Commons or Library!
• If you’re feeling homesick, stressed or sad, talking about it can really help so don’t bottle it up.
If you’re feeling stressed and overloaded with work or just missing the comforts of home and friends then don’t keep it to yourself. With technology getting better each day it means the world’s not as big as it once used to be and with the advent of Facebook and Skype it’s much easier to stay connected with loved ones, technology really does transcend distances now! Why not give your family and friends a call and organise a trip home to visit them, which will give you something to look forward to. If you need to talk to someone, then the University has an excellent counselling service who can offer support and advice. Or if you would prefer to keep anonymous then you can call Nightline which is a non-judgmental, confidential listening and information service. Nightline is run by students for students and is open 8pm-8am every night during term time. The number is on the back of your student card.
Remember the Uni is here to help you make most of your university experience here in Manchester and is here to help.