Stress busters

Stress. One of the most used words in a student’s vocabulary. I cannot even remember a time before I was stressed, to be honest, and that’s not exaggerating. I normally work solidly without giving myself a chance to relax, and by the end of a term I would feel really low because I had gotten…

Healthy Campus and Wellbeing Week: Off-campus

For the past 12 years, the University of Lincoln has celebrated the importance of looking after yourself through a week of keeping active in both body and mind. Healthy Campus and Wellbeing Week this year takes place from the 5th March to the 10th and offers a variety of workshops, sessions and activities across the…

When it all gets a bit much..

It’s understandable for first-years to get homesick as it is probably their first time staying away from home and you’re in a usual place with people you don’t know, but I just want to let you know it is okay to feel sad and homesick when you are in other years too. One of my…

Dyslexia and dissertations

Writing a dissertation is a struggle for anyone – what makes it even more of a struggle is if you’re diagnosed dyslexic. I’ve always known that I worked slower than other students and found it difficult to concentrate whilst reading and writing. However, my dyslexia was only recognised in my first year of university when…

Student cooking – the guilt-free takeaway

By my 18th birthday, I could comfortably travel alone, unblock a kitchen sink and detect whether milk had expired before I drank it. One thing I wasn’t very good at was cooking. As I watched my mum prepare our roast dinner, I never understood how she could peel a potato so quickly without catching her…

Homesickness and your journey with mental health

One aspect of first year that secretly affects most of the student population is, unfortunately, homesickness. Although it’s expected to a certain extent, it can affect some more than others and is seldom talked about. What should you expect? How can you get through it? Is there anyone on campus to talk to? After a…

You’re not alone

Everyone has expectations of their university experience – whether they’re going to go out every night of fresher’s or want to get straight firsts in every assignment – I was no different. I thought I’d constantly be surrounded by people; coffee dates, group meetings, film nights in, nights out. So, it came as a shock when…

Dealing with exam anxiety

It’s the time of the year that we all dread. Exam season. For some of us, this will be our first attempt at a university exam, for others our last. But no matter where we are in our academic journey, we are all stressed out. Exam anxiety is, unfortunately, a normal part of university life…