Your Mind Matters this Freshers

Some advice on looking after you this year from your VP Welfare and Campaigns, Georgie.

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My name is Georgie, and I am your elected VP Welfare and Campaigns.? As your Students Union we want to make sure you have all you need at your fingertips to make your freshers experience the best it can be (while also focusing on your wellbeing...of course!). We know this years’ experience won’t be the same as a result of Covid-19 but there is support available and we will do all we can to help you settle in.

Freshers is said to be one of the best weeks of your life, it can be, but it can also be scary! It is important to remember that it is an amazing opportunity to meet new people, and you really can mould how you spend your time to suit you.? 

Make your Freshers suit you!

A bit about me (sorry!)

My freshers experience was practically non-existent… I was so anxious about being away from home for the first time I struggled to get out of my room. I even forced my mum to stay in Cardiff with me! I felt so much pressure to drink, which at the time just made my anxiety worse, so I just hid in my room. DON’T DO THIS!! Please reach out, we are help to support you the whole way through. Have a flick through this blog for ideas/must bring items to keep yourself busy. 

There are going to be so many different levels of anxiety this year, and we want to make sure that you have all the top tips and essentials at hand to manage to stay safe, happy, and healthy while socialising this year! We are here to listen to you guys and make sure Freshers is the best it can be.

Just a couple of things to remember… 

  • You really can make friends for life at university 

  • Freshers doesn’t have to be the ‘best week of your life’ fuelled by alcohol and drunken mistakes... It's a transition period, so make it look like whatever you want it to!

  • Every student is entitled to wellbeing support! Make the most of it and please don’t be afraid to ask.

Get a routine in place
  • Believe it or not, you actually can make your room at halls feel really homely and comfy... Make it your space!

  • Keep up some form of routine (sleep, eat, socialise and exercise!) 

  • Don’t go for your weekly food shop when you’re hungry!! (Believe me, your loan will thank you.)

What can you do to manage your wellbeing

The Student Survival Guide

We have arranged for Tedx and Wellbeing Coach Toluwa to give Cardiff Uni Freshers a free webinar to help you on build resilience, resist the urge to fall into a cycle of anxiousness and comparison; and tips on how to become innovative 'enough' to make the unprecedented situation work for you, with a key emphasis on 'navigating' COVID-19, and beyond. You can sign up on our website. 

Ideas for halls

I know people react differently to being away from home for the first time, but here are a few tips to make sure you manage your wellbeing alongside you socialising!

  • Make dinner all together (fajitas, lasagne and roasts are always a good shout!)

  • Have a mocktail/cocktail making evening

  • Get all your duvets and have a movie night in the kitchen (you may want to sweep the floor first…) 

  • Go to a Give it a Go virtual event

  • Flat workouts in the kitchen. We have some yoga videos on our YouTube. 

  • Card games

Have a movie night in your kitchen with your housemates!

MUST BRING ITEMS

  • Doorstop

  • Wok

  • Extension lead

  • Playing cards

  • Photos of friends and family (pins for your pinboard!) 

  • Camera

Freshers checklist

  • Join a society and/or sports club

  • Personalise your room to make it fill more homely to you (photos, fairy lights, pillows..)

  • Make yourself aware of what Student Advice and Student Support can do for you - no problem is too small or silly and there is always someone willing to listen

  • Find out your personal tutor’s name and email address 

  • Make sure you have your student card 

  • Complete online enrolment

  • Sign up for the doctors online

  • Keep in touch with friends and family from home 

  • Connect your University emails to your phone - there are instructions on the intranet 

  • Visit The Taf in the Students’ Union and download the Cardiff University SU App 

If you need support: 

Georgie, VP Welfare:

  • VPWelfare@cardiff.ac.uk 

Mental Health Officer: 

  • mentalhealthofficer@cardiff.ac.uk 

Student Advice: 

  • advice@cardiff.ac.uk 

  • 02920781410 

Student Support:

  • studentsupport@cardiff.ac.uk

  • 02922518888 

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