This blog post is to all of you finding it tough at the moment.
Stress is probably at an all-time high during this time of semester. And understandably so.
It’s a crazy time of semester. The stress of assignments, deadlines, exams and everything life has to throw at you can be very overwhelming.
And if you’re feeling like that at the moment…trust me, you are definitely not alone. I can think of a few other thousand students at uni who may be feeling the same way.
Sometimes, uni isn’t fun and games
I’ve had some of the best times of my life at uni, and also some of the darkest times here.
One of the biggest things that gets to me is the academic pressure at uni. I find it really hard to keep up with all the work and stay somewhat sane!
And you know, sometimes shit just happens.
Whether that be relationship break-ups, a death of a family member, or in my case – being bullied by a Masters student last semester…sometimes things beyond our control happens. And yes, it really really sucks.
Whatever your situation may be, remember that you don’t have to go through this alone. There are people who can help you.
Getting professional help
The University offers a range of free services on campus. I won’t go through all of them here, but you can check them out here: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/
I think 2 of the most relevant services that can help us at the moment are Academic Skill and Counselling and Psychological Services.
If you are facing academic-related problems such as how to write an essay, referencing, study tips etc., check out Academic Skills. They are a godsend, who have helped me on many occasions.
I highly recommend their iTutes, which are one-on-one appointments with an advisor who can help with almost everything. I always book an iTute to go over an assignment to see how I can improve on it etc.
If everything’s getting too much for you, and you want to talk to someone about it, there is a free counselling service on campus.
Do be aware that counselling sessions book out quickly, especially during this time of semester. Don’t be discourage if you can’t get an immediate appointment with them. There are emergency walk-in appointments available too.
My one tip with both of these services is that if an advisor or a staff member doesn’t suit you, keep changing advisors till you find one you like!
There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help.
Don’t feel like you’re burdening or worrying people by asking for their help. Because you’re not.
From experience, you’re doing more harm than good by keeping everything to yourself.
You are not weak because you are reaching out for help.
Look out for your friends
If your friends aren’t doing so well, it’s very worthwhile to check in and see how they’re doing. The littlest things will mean the world to those who are doing it tough.
Things like, a simple text message saying, “Hey you, just thought I’d check in to see how you’re doing. How’s your day?” could mean a lot!
Most importantly, look after yourself
Give yourself some love, you deserve it! Working yourself to the ground isn’t doing you any good.
Breathe. You’re doing great. You will get through this.