The last year has been an incredibly stressful and strange time for all of us. But for students, the excitement of moving away from home and living with friends has no doubt been dampened by their inability to go out and socialise and live an everyday student life. As things start to return to normal, you might be anxious about getting back into being a student following all these uncertainties and changes.
If you’re getting ready for the next academic year or hoping to make the most of your summer term while you can, here’s what you need to know about re-adjusting to student life following the pandemic.
Take Time to Adjust
It’s important to take your time to adjust to all the changes you’ve been through over the past year now that things are changing again. Students have experienced so much study disruption this year, not to mention all the cancelled social events. If you’re a fresher, you may not have even met any students in person outside of your accommodation. So make sure you take as much time as you need to adjust.
It’s normal to feel anxious or lonely during this time, as so many things may have changed. Your friends might have moved away, or you might no longer be in the same classes as people you’re familiar with. But you are not alone, so take time to find your feet again.
Keep Up to Date with Your University
Each institution will be doing things slightly differently, so make sure you’re up to date on everything going on. Check your university website for Cumbria and Lancaster, and follow them on their social media platforms. If there are any sudden closures or unexpected changes, it’s good to be in the know, so you don’t make any unnecessary journeys or risks. When in doubt, you can always give them a call, and someone should be able to advise you.
Stick to Guidelines
While things are easing up, it’s essential to continue to stick to the guidelines in your local area or set out by your university. Whether it’s by wearing masks when walking on campus or following a one-way system inside university buildings, make sure you stick to guidelines to keep yourself safe and do your part to keep your fellow students safe too.
Ease into Social Activities
As things start to open up, you might be itching to get back to all the things you’ve missed out on over the last year. Head back to the gym, visit your favourite pub for a drink or head into the city for some shopping. When you get back into doing the social activities you love, you will start to feel a lot more positive and happier. But don’t forget to do it at your own pace, don’t feel pressured to attend activities and events you have no interest in.
While things are starting to get better, it’s important not to completely let your guard down. Make sure you stay safe while at university so you can enjoy yourself while doing your part to prevent the virus from spreading again.
Wear your mask if it is recommended, continue to frequently wash your hands, and maintain a distance from others where possible. As we move forward, it’s important to take the lessons we have learnt from the pandemic with us and apply them to our lives. It’s been a tough time for us all, but many of the habits we have developed over the past year, such as wearing a mask to prevent spreading our germs when we’re sick, could become a staple in our lives going forward that can be beneficial to society as a whole. So enjoy your time as a student, but make sure you stay safe.
Be Kind to Yourself
It can be tricky getting back into being a student, especially if you spent most of your time at home because you didn’t have in-person lessons at university. If you choose not to come back until the next academic year, you may even end up living with people you don’t know or have never met in person before, which can be a daunting prospect.
Remember to be kind to yourself and take things slow. Everyone has been through the same things over the last year, so don’t worry about needing to take time for yourself or easing yourself back into socialising slowly. If you think you need help, don’t forget to let your university know you are struggling, as they will have mental health resources that can help.
At Student Housing Lancaster, we are looking forward to welcoming students back to their student accommodation in Lancaster, whether for the summer term or if you’re going to be joining us next academic year. If you’re still looking for accommodation for next year, take a look at the properties we have available on our website and contact us today with your enquiries.