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24 June 2021

To succeed at uni you need resilience – here’s how to get it

If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.
– Dr Suess

Succeeding at university has always required ‘resilience’ – which has a few definitions but basically means the ability to bounce back from difficulties, or to adapt well and persevere in challenging circumstances.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has tested our inner strength in many ways. Dealing with the challenges of lockdowns, isolation, online study, and financial and emotional worries has required bucketloads of resilience – and we’ve all coped differently. Unfortunately, it seems as though these kinds of stresses will be with us for a while to come, even as we look to enjoy more on-campus learning and social activities in Trimester 2.  

If you’ve been struggling with any aspects of your study or personal life, or you’re worried about how you’ll manage blended study this trimester, the good news is that you can learn resilience. You just need to develop and build habits that increase your mental flexibility and strength.

How to become more resilient

To develop your resilience, it’s important to take care of all aspects of your life – your study, mind, body and environment. Here’s some tips:

Help is here!

We’ve put together a few resources you can use to develop your resilience and succeed at your studies:

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