Monday 10 June 2024

Navigating loneliness and finding community

The Editorial Team are raising awareness during Loneliness Awareness Week and sharing their experiences and tips from university.

- Student Minds Blog Editorial Team

⭐ Leaving college/school to start university in September ⭐
by Taylor

This is perhaps the trickiest stage of university. I felt such nervousness when starting university about leaving behind everything that I'd known for years and joining a completely new environment where everything worked differently and I knew no one. The thing that brought me the most comfort though was that we all shared a lot in common and I wasn't alone in my worries. Making new friends isn't always easy but we've all got things in common... everyone's starting something new and everyone knows no one. It's all about getting out there, finding your people and making the best memories. 

⭐ Moving back home over the summer
by Emily

This is a poignant one for me as, after 7 years in my University Town, I am moving back home... but not. My family moved away from my home town whilst I was studying at University so my new home isn't really a home I know. I'm a bit worried about feeling lonely, moving away from a network I have built over the last 7 years but I'm determined to keep in touch with as many people as possible and maintain strong connections with those that I love. It's important to remember that those who want to stick around will always find a way - it's sometimes a blessing in disguise to move out of the area and strengthen your real crowd from afar!

⭐ Graduating from university ⭐
by Madeleine

Graduating from university brought up a lot of mixed feelings for me. Alongside feelings of accomplishment and pride that I'd made it to the end, I also felt a little lost and scared about what the future held. All my friends were now scattered across the country, and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next. What really helped me was acknowledging that everyone is at different stages and has different priorities. Despite conflicting schedules, I made an effort to stay in contact with close friends while applying to jobs in my family home. I also think it helps to take comfort from those with you in person, whether that be your parents and siblings, or childhood friends. Despite feeling lonely when I first moved out, I ended up making lovely friends where I worked in my first job after graduation, so if you're feeling a little lonely after graduation give it some time and put yourself out there, you'll find your people!

How are you getting involved during Loneliness Awareness Week? Share with the team - we'd love to hear from you!

Find out how you can get involved with the Student Minds Blog this Loneliness Awareness Week.

No comments:

Post a Comment