Having dealt with social anxiety throughout my teenage years, the idea of moving away from my family, childhood friends and general familiarity was something I dreaded but before going any further it is imperative to gain an understanding of what social anxiety actually means. The term refers to the long-lasting over-whelming fear of social situations. For me I had struggled with everyday activities such as meeting strangers, starting conversations and doing things in front of other people as I felt like I would be judged. When fresher’s week came around, I was so terrified that I had to get my big brother to stay the first night, but I quickly realised that there was nothing to fear as individuals who may not have suffered from social anxiety shared to the same fears and worries that I did, especially as the percentage of students seeking counselling increased from 9.4% to 10.2%.
Fast forwarding 4 years, I can confidently say I’m not the same person I was and that is largely down to both the people I have met during my time at the University of Hull but also the systems in place to guide students through the transition from secondary school to university life. The campus support, skills team and societies actively create a dialog and environment that welcomes people who share the same worries that I had, ensuring everyone is aware that social anxiety and mental health is not a taboo topic, but something that everyone at some point in their life have struggles with.
“Welcome to the University of Hull” – when I heard this I was so excited to start my next chapter in my life.
I moved from Romania in Sept 2019 in order to start my master at the University of Hull. I left Romania with only 200 pounds risking everything that I left home.
There are a few things to know before you start your student life abroad…of course, I did not know them:
In UK is always raining and it`s cold….well in Romania is not really raining so much, so until you get used to it is not really funny.
The first weeks are hard because you need to start to make new friends, go out, basically start a new life again, and you will miss so much your best friends and family.
In order to meet new people, the best option beside goes to Uni was to get a job and yes definitely that was the best choice I made since I am here and I feel really appreciate and I started to at work relaxed, with pleasure.
4. Pizza is better here than back home
These are just a few things that I`ve learned since I am here but after 4 months I can tell that I found myself here and I have my independent life, where I found a job and I created a routine and feel that I finally have a purpose. The first 2 weeks were very hard until I got used to the British accent or preparing my own food.
As enthusiastic as the idea of practicing a sport at university can be, it could also be as terrifying, due to the fear of reliving the horrible experience of sport classes in school.
Do you need a reason to joining a sport society at the University of Hull? Here are the 3 most beneficial:
YOU MEET NEW PEOPLE
For introverts, finding a group of friends at University can be difficulty hence why university societies and are in place to ease your way to finding people with common interests.
The people you will encounter and the skills you will acquire in whatever sport you choose, will promote personal growth and if you venture outside your comfort zone, chances are you will meet people very different from you.
BOOST YOUR SKILLS
University sport societies are intended to prepare you for the field of work. you will learn to work in a team. This is extremely valuable as most professions, you will have to work in groups with your colleagues. You will have to listen, talk and digest information and ideas. The teamwork skills you learn at a university societies will serve as a foundation for professional growth.