Updated: Aug 20, 2020
Mental health is an expansive topic that encompasses a lot, and it is important to be educated about these topics, as well as know how to take care of your health. However, below, I will only be talking about a couple of the stressors that students typically face when they begin university. If you have any questions or concerns, we are including links in this post to resources that are offered by Universities to their students.
University is a big change from high school. Students are away from home, usually for the first time, and homesickness sets in. Academics can also be a stressor, especially if grades that students get are not similar to what they got in high school. These things can take a toll on your mental health. There are a lot of things in the beginning of university that may make you feel overwhelmed, but in the midst of that, it’s important to take a step back and make sure you are taking care of yourself. Make sure to call or talk to your family and high school friends, for a greater sense of familiarity.
This year, because of the circumstances present, it may be harder to make new friends since you aren’t meeting people in person during Orientation Week or during classes. But don’t let that deter you or get you down.
Check out our previous post on ways that you can connect with other students: https://www.futureinstemmentorship.com/post/connecting-with-other-students
Take advantage of opportunities in your online classes to talk to people during discussions or group projects. Another really good way that you can be more social this year is by joining clubs at your university! Even if the events and meetings are online, clubs are a great way to be involved and make new friends. Joining a club provides you with another activity to do when you want a break from studying.
University is a whole new step in your life, and it can be both exciting and stressful. So, it is extremely important to take care of your mental health. If you need to take a break or take a step back for a little while, know that it is completely okay. Comparing the way you study or work, your academic standing, your educational or career goals, or even the courses you are taking with others can be a big stressor. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others but know that everyone works at their own pace and everyone has their own timeline.
Your university is there to help you academically and also health wise. Below are links that you can access for resources that your school provides:
University of Western Ontario
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
University of Ottawa