Things not going to plan

Things not going to plan


It is common for students to take time to adjust to life at University. You may have just moved away from home for the first time and have just realised that your socks won’t wash themselves. You could be finding that making friends at University was not as easy as you expected and you miss your friends at home who you shared common interests with.

What is it all about?

Maybe you are realising that your course is not for you or that you are coming down with Fresher’s flu and aren’t sure who you should contact about missing lectures.

These are all things that most students worry about at some point. The following page will hopefully give you some advice and guidance on what you can do to try and make yourself feel better.

Practical advice & tips

Are you having trouble adjusting to University life?

First things first, sort out your creature comforts.

Wash your clothes already!

Get your laundry bags and your pound coins at the ready. Ask your flat mates or warden where your nearest laundry point is and get a wash on. You will feel a lot better when you have a drawer full of clean clothes and you won’t have to resort to buying new underwear when you run out of clean ones.

There is a laundry room on both Singleton and Bay campus.

Get cooking!

A great way to feel better is to learn to cook something new and healthy. At University, it’s really easy to fall into bad eating habits, which can make you feel worse and can negatively affect your mood. Get your 5 a day and create colourful dishes to cheer you up and fill you full of mood boosting vitamins. Making a meal for your flatmates is also a good way to get to know them better. You never know, you may impress them with your new culinary skills!

If you are struggling, then get involved with the money@campuslife ‘Taste of home’ initiative.

Keep in touch with your friends and family

So many students leave home and don’t get in the habit of regularly keeping in touch with their friends and family back home. You need to have an established support network, for when you want to have a moan about your coursework deadlines or ask someone how to boil an egg. If you get in the habit of keeping in touch now, you will be able to pick up the phone whenever you really need their advice or reassurance later on. We have all been there. The more people you can turn to, the better.

Get involved!

Are your housemates not into the same things as you? Do you like baking cakes and they like beer pong? Don’t despair! There are societies available for everyone, where you can meet like-minded people and enjoy doing the things you love together. Have a look at the Student Union Societies page below and get involved in societies that take your fancy.
If you’ve had a look at the list of societies and can’t find a society for your favourite hobby, why don’t you request to start up your own society? Chances are, if you love something, so will other likeminded students.

Remember, that most societies are happy to accept new members later on in the year, so don’t despair if you missed signing up during Fresher’s Fair. Some societies also let you attend your first session for free, so you can try before you buy!

Welfare@CampusLife also have the ‘Skills for life’ initiative – teaching you the things you really need to know. Workshops range from cookery, martial arts, photography and many more.  If you would like to learn a new skill and meet new people then why not get involved in our Skills for Life initiative! 

Get advice

Have you met your Academic Mentor yet? Make sure that you attend your meetings with them. They can be a great resource to you at University if you use them. They should be your first point of contact for academic queries. They can usually point you in the right direction for most other queries too. Remember that if you want a reference from them in the future, the more they get to know you, the more they can say about you.

What Are Extenuating Circumstances?

Extenuating circumstances are circumstances that have happened to you, which are beyond your control and have significantly impacted your ability to do your work to a high standard. Worried you may not be able to complete your assignments due to a family bereavement or won’t be able to sit an exam due to illness? If you think an extenuating circumstance has affected your performance in an exam you sat in the last 5 days or is likely to affect an exam or piece of coursework you should speak to your College Administrator to see if you are eligible to apply for extenuating circumstances. See the page Bereavement and Loss for more details on this topic.

Extenuating circumstances policy.

Thinking Of Leaving?

If you are really struggling to find your place at University, you may benefit from talking things over with your Academic Mentor or your college welfare contact. They can advise you on the options available to you. You may be able to transfer onto another course which could be more suitable for you, suspend your studies and come back next year, or discuss the possibility of withdrawing from your studies. These options may all have an impact on your student finances or visa status, so it is important you also consult Money@CampusLife and International@CampusLife (for international students) before making any decision about your course status.

Where to go for further support

Welfare@CampusLife can also help you to talk about any welfare issues, which may be affecting your experience at Swansea University. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a chat if you want to talk about anything further, or for advice on your health and wellbeing at University.
Tel: 01792 513889

If you are thinking of leaving the University, you should talk this decision through with your Academic mentor. If you do not feel comforatble doing this you can chat with your College welfare contact.

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