How are you finding uni? Help is here if you’re struggling
Starting uni is a pretty big deal – and it’s not always easy. The campuses are huge, sorting out your classes and study routines can be a challenge, and it may take a while to get to know people and feel like you belong.
Feeling overwhelmed or a bit anxious at the start is totally natural and very common. It’s important that you’re patient with yourself and give yourself time to adjust to integrated learning and unfamiliar environments.
Usually, you’ll start to feel better once you make some friends, get stuck into your course content, and become familiar with Deakin’s campuses and systems. Here’s some ways to make the transition easier:
- Join our New Students Facebook Group to chat to other commencing students. There’s also heaps of activities and events – both on-campus and online – you can attend.
- Make the most of any opportunity to make new friends – in a COVIDSafe way, of course! Take a chance and talk to people when you’re standing in queues, walking around campus or waiting in class.
- Plan your weeks and create a study timetable. Having a good routine can keep you motivated and organised when you’re feeling a bit lost.
- Go on a library tour. The library is full of important resources, but it’s also a great place for quiet study, reading or reflection if you’re finding our big campuses overwhelming or you need somewhere to hang out.
- Join your live online classes instead of watching recordings at random times. It’s much easier to learn in real time and while collaborating with others – and you’ll get to know your classmates at the same time.
- Ask questions in your tutorials. Chances are others want to know the answer too, and engaging with your course content is an important first step to mastering it.
- Join one of DUSA’s club and societies. There’s something for everyone – from sports to languages to hobbies to study areas – and they’re a great way to meet like-minded people.
- Try our free online sessions about managing uni life for success – you’ll learn how to make study part of your everyday life and also have the chance to chat with our amazing Wellbeing Ambassadors. Sessions are only on for a short time, so don’t miss out!
Still feel adrift? There’s plenty of help available
If you find that you’re just not coping with uni, please don’t struggle on alone. There’s a range of services that can help you:
- A great first port of call is Ask Counselling, our online blog for students struggling with study or personal issues. Anonymous questions from students on topics like anxiety and loneliness are answered by our professional counsellors, or you can submit your own question. Perhaps you’ll find that other students are feeling the same way and learn some coping techniques.
- Get free and confidential support by talking to our Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) team (available to students located in Australia). You’ll speak to one of our highly skilled counsellors over the phone or via Zoom. Make a telehealth appointment online or call your local Deakin Health and Wellbeing Centre to book a time.
- Explore the eWellbeing Hub in DeakinSync. This collection of informative and practical articles and apps will help you stay healthy, motivated, in control and happy while you’re studying.
- For urgent support outside of business hours, contact LifeLine (13 11 14) or SuicideLine (1300 651 251) straight away. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.