Almost all new students worry they won’t make friends. Freshers’ week is there to help

Jul 27, 2019 by

With freshers’ events that don’t involve drinking, plus hundreds of societies to choose from, universities cater to all personality types

Before your child starts university, it’s helpful to think about challenges they have already faced, and talk with them about how they might handle these at university. Although it’s a new start, problems don’t just go away – university life is, and should be, challenging. So help your children develop practical skills (cooking, shopping, budgeting) but, equally importantly, let them lead on making decisions for themselves and managing the consequences of those decisions.

It’s much better for them to be prepared for what they may encounter at university rather than struggling because the demands on them come as a surprise. At Reading, for example, we run workshops called Life Tools, which help equip students with strategies for managing academic pressure, using critical feedback constructively and building confidence.

Source: Almost all new students worry they won’t make friends. Freshers’ week is there to help | Education | The Guardian

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