University life involvement bettering my Mental Health
Wesley speaks on his personal experiences with getting involved with student & university life opportunities and how it’s improved his mental health and socialisation skills.
Upon the completion of my GCSEs, I ended up moving on to Sixth Form which ultimately worsened my mental health. This is because it wasn’t the choice for me at all and in the meanwhile, moving houses and moving schools proved extremely difficult for me since it meant a whole new institution, new people, new environment, new area; it triggered my anxiety in more ways than one. I was told I would fail during my A-Level studies too, which stuck with me throughout and brought me down negatively; feeling like all the work I’d ever do would be pointless, so I just didn’t try. I never had the feeling of feeling welcomed or understood through secondary school or Sixth Form in any matter of activity/academics until I reached University where feelings of acceptance started to arise.
My mental health, therefore, started to improve and my social skills began bettering for the first time in many years. I originally started studying Biological Sciences at University from the completion of College. However, I quickly found out that it wasn’t for me in the slightest and upon deciding on taking a gap year, I was gotten in touch with from a couple of members of staff from the course of my interest, Criminal Justice & Criminology. The staff were incredibly understanding of me right from the get-go, even before I’d even properly enrolled with that course! This made me feel reassured & supported which otherwise wasn’t the case beforehand.
2020 – 2021: The year it started going uphill because of my involvement with the University of Hertfordshire community and how it positively impacted my mental health & well-being. I was welcomed with open arms by my fellow coursemates, which gave me a definition that university was a dreamy place with happy-go-lucky students wishing the best for others. This is where I applied to be a Student Representative of my cohort which I was successful in, and I won the award for Student Rep of the Year along with being the Student of the Year: Criminology. I always got involved with University Societies where I could meet different people & explore different interests outside of my own in order to improve my social anxiety. Through experimenting with meeting many people, I gradually started to love University life more and more. I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone because no matter what, I still believed that staying the same won’t result in change. Keeping an open mind allowed me to endure every duty with a positive mindset because you can’t live a positive life with a negative mindset.
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