Yes, believe it or not, I am a mature learner – just. I started my course at 22, the youngest you can be to qualify.
I’ve had migraines my whole life. But when I was 14, these migraines went from once or twice a year to every single day. I’ve tried several medications, doctors, MRI’s and have been diagnosed and misdiagnosed. But still, 4 years later, I am suffering from this chronic illness. This made A levels a really difficult … Continue reading Being at university with a chronic illness
University is great fun but it can be a stressful experience. Living away from home and facing a new amount of independence can be both liberating and overwhelming. Luckily, there are many different ways to get support at York. As someone who has experienced long term mental illness, the support services available at York have … Continue reading Mental Health Support and Wellbeing at York
There’s no sugarcoating it: sometimes life at university can get tough. From workload to homesickness, it’s no surprise that some students can find themselves in need of some sort of support during their time at university. The student mental health crisis in the UK is becoming more and more apparent, and an increasing number of … Continue reading Support and Wellbeing at York
At times, university can be stressful or overwhelming. When that happens, you, like me, may want someone other than a fellow student to talk to and support you through whatever’s happening. Older people – maybe only a few years, maybe a lot – with more experience of life. I’m used to a robust support network … Continue reading How to find a family-like support network away from home
Just before going to university, I was diagnosed with autism, and also had physical and mental health problems. I was worried I wouldn’t cope at university. I felt I had the normal worries that every fresher has, such as doing badly in my course, or not getting on well with my housemates, but on top … Continue reading University support: from student to tutor
Hi, I’m Megan, a Masters student diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Specific Learning Difficulties. Studying with a specific learning difficulty can be daunting, so I wanted to share my experiences of this. I’ll also give you some tips for making the most of university life, whether you’re a postgrad or an undergrad. First things first; … Continue reading Studying with a Specific Learning Difficulty: what you need to know
Getting used to living in a whole new place where you don’t really know anyone is difficult at the best of times. However, due to a variety of circumstances, you might be finding it particularly hard to adjust. Although this is an added struggle, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. You can still … Continue reading How to settle into university if you’re struggling
When you’re the first in your family to go to university, it can be a pretty daunting prospect. As a ‘first-generation’ student, I remember being really worried that this would somehow count against me when I first came to university. What if there were rules I didn’t know? Or what if I struggled to keep … Continue reading First-generation student? Never fear!
Usefully enough, a lot of these tips to save money also happen to be tips for living more sustainably! We’re killing two birds with one stone in this blog post. Living independently can be expensive. It’s not just the price of rent, but little extras we never think about at home. Like who buys the … Continue reading Living Affordably and Sustainably – 4 Ways to Manage your Money at York