Mental Health: Freshmen survival tips

Freshers Freshmen Mental Health

While campus has a lot to offer to freshmen looking to join in September, it is not always a bed of roses. It can be a place of loneliness, of feeling anxious about examinations, or of being weighed down by worries about finances. If not well dealt with, it can be a source of mental health issues. The first six weeks are often the most difficult. That is why you need to subscribe to The Campus Lady Magazine. We will help you settle in and make your campus life much easier starting with these freshmen survival tips.

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1. Talk to people who have been to university

We would tell you to bookmark TCLM as a guide to your life on campus but that would be selfish of us. Therefore, find someone who has been to university from your area or church. They will be able to fill you in on what to expect. Let them tell you the good, the bad and the ugly of campus life so that by the time you step into the campus gates, you have a rough idea of how life is likely to be. A lot of students end up at the Students Welfare offices with financial issues that cause distress. Most of these could be avoided by learning simple budgeting techniques way before joining college.

2. Familiarize yourself with your campus before Admission Day

It is important to psychologically prepare yourself for life on campus. This can be achieved by vising the campus before the admission day. Most universities do not restrict people from entering as long as they have identification documents. Use that chance to remove the anxiety of not being able to find a lecture hall or having no idea where the mess is. Join Facebook Groups that are related to your university and learn from the conversation that goes on there as much as possible. It’s good to be aware beforehand of what support is available so that you can access it asap should you need it.

3. Find out about Available University Helplines

Most universities in Kenya now have helplines for students who may have difficulties coping at the university. They also have a dedicated mental health service with a team of counselors ready to help students adjust to campus life. The Office of the Dean of students also run workshops and programs to teach coping strategies for common problems. Anyone who has a pre-existing mental health problem should notify the university before they arrive, so that support can be put in place.

4. Remember the Old-time Family Values

Many students often leave their homes untainted and very innocent only to return a semester later looking like they have been to hell and back. University can be a time when many students end up neglecting their wellbeing. They start drinking too much, eating junk food, or staying up late. Do not let the euphoria of freedom and HELB replace the good old values of self-care and self-control. Lack of sleep can cause all sorts of mental health problems. Also think about joining sports teams or going for walks, because exercise can help your mental health.

5. Believe in Something/Someone

Finding something or someone to believe in while on campus helps you remain grounded. Most students often find the reason to go to church or to the mosque when the exams are near. Make it a habit of going to a place of worship throughout your campus life. Make friends from church, from class and from your former school during the orientation week. Most importantly, make sure that you attend every day of the orientation week. A lot of information is often shared during orientation week that could make or break your life on campus.

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