Managing student life

Get some helpful tips and find out how to access the services and support available during your studies.

University life can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. When you are just keeping your head above water, it’s easy to forget the things you need to do to succeed.

One of the ways to make sure you reach your full potential is to pay attention to your needs, and make looking after yourself a priority.

Looking after your mind and body

When the pressure comes on, it’s easy to stop doing things you enjoy because they feel less important. In fact, doing these things when pressured is very important—they stimulate the mind and create energy, which helps you rejuvenate and feel fresh when learning.

Reflecting on your needs

Student life can be really busy. It’s easy to get caught up, and to forget to pause and reflect on your needs.

When was the last time you thought about the things you need to do to keep yourself functioning well? Simply asking yourself this question will help you think about how you can maintain your wellbeing.

Turning over a new leaf

In today’s world it’s easy to get wrapped up in the ‘doing’ of your life and forget to think about why you are doing things and what they mean to you. Making the choice to make positive life changes is the first step.

Actually carrying out the changes is a bit trickier. Below are some tips to help you.

Helpful tips for making positive changes:

  • Set achievable, realistic goals—write them down so you can regularly reflect on and reassess them.
  • Celebrate successes (no matter how small)—it will inspire you to keep on going.
  • Be kind to yourself—we all stumble along the way.
  • Seek support and guidance and ask for help along the way.

Asking for help

Asking for help when you don’t feel okay can be one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes we ignore what we know, and keep on trying to appear like we are okay. Being vulnerable and communicating your needs can be intimidating, but once you overcome that barrier, things can begin to get better.

Want to talk to someone?

Make an appointment with Student Counselling or check out the student support services available.

Speak to someone

Mauri Ora—Health and Counselling

Monday to Friday, 8.30 am–5.00 pm
Level 1, Student Union Building, Kelburn campus