In the world we’re currently living in it’s understandable to feel frustrated or as though you’re lacking in human connections. That is normal and we can promise you that if you’re feeling that way you will not be the only one.
By following the guidance, staying apart and staying safe you have protected our community and we thank you wholeheartedly. But some of you may feel that by doing so you have sacrificed building those connections at the start of your University experience or missed out on meeting up with those friends you haven’t seen since last term.
Some of you will have found it harder to meet new people, try new things and experience the student lifestyle that you were expecting. But you are not alone.
There's no shame in feeling lonely. Loneliness is a state of mind and not a reflection on your popularity or 'how many friends you have'. You can be surrounded by people and feel lonely or you just might not have found your community yet.
The word of the year seems to be ‘unprecedented’ and we truly are in unprecedented times, no one is immune from loneliness. The most important thing is being able to recognise when you’re feeling lonely and being able to identify where you can go for help.
Find your community
Just because Freshers’ Week is over, this doesn’t mean that there are fewer opportunities to get involved, meet new people and try new things. Check out just a few of the ways you can do just that below:
Clubs and Societies
There is no time limit to join clubs or societies so if you haven’t joined one yet it is not too late, memberships are available throughout the academic year.
Browse a full list of student groups here
If you have any questions about what clubs and societies are offering this year then get in touch and ask them, they’d love to hear from you!
Take part in events
Our student groups have done a phenomenal job at adapting to the changing guidance and have come up with new and innovative ways of connecting with students safely. From game nights to film screenings, debates to taster session – there are so many activities for you to take part in.
View our Events Calendar here
For many of the events you can sign up either on your own or in a group. This could be a good way of bonding with your new flatmates, but don’t be afraid of signing up on your own – you won’t be the only person there looking to meet new people.
We are adding more volunteering opportunities, a chance for you to take part in something bigger than yourself and make a real difference to a range of different communities.
Browse all volunteering opportunities here
Physical activity can be hugely beneficial to your mental health and regular participation can boost self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety.
Not only does getting your endorphins going boost your mood but even getting out of your flat, getting some fresh air and going for a walk will do you the world of good. So whether you’re hitting it hard or just keeping moving, make some time to build physical activity into your day.
Through your SU you can:
There is no shame in asking for help
- University of Plymouth Student Hub
The University has a number of designated advisers for student support across a number of different areas, all available through the Student Hub.
You can see the range of services they have on offer plus video introductions here
- Virtual Info Point
If you’ve got a question about any of our events, activities or how you can get involved with your SU – message our virtual information point. We can point you in the right direction or tell you who the best people to speak to are.
We’ll be available Monday – Friday, 9am- 6pm.
Please note, for any questions relating to wellbeing or individual support your first point of call should be either the Advice Centre of the Student Hub (above).
Other useful links and resources: