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Did you miss out?

Did you miss out?

If you attended one of the two WelcomeFest 2021 events at University College Birmingham then you will have had a fab time. If you didn’t, you missed out big time!

Although I was working as an ambassador at both sessions, it was still fun and informative – a great way to make new connections.

From having some glitter make-up courtesy of Miriam to chatting to Blessing and Alice about the Student Guild’s latest plans, there was plenty going on. And a lot of students went away with free photos, popcorn and sweatshirts. What’s not to like?!

It was also an informal way to find out about student services such as CASE as well as mental health and well-being provision. Our local police officers were also in attendance on the HE day and there was plenty of free coffee and cakes. The society reps were busy signing up students – from cheerleading to bakery – while the gym team were offering free taster day passes.

I was lucky enough to come away with a great book from the Enterprise team, having identified a number of celebrated entrepreneurs including Sir Richard Branson and Anita Roddick. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is essential reading if you are considering starting your own business, something which many University College Birmingham students do in conjunction with the Enterprise Hive and BSEEN programmes.

More importantly for me, though, the Fresher days felt “normal” after 18 months dogged by Covid restrictions. It felt good to be part of the University community again, as if a slumbering giant had just woken up.

Perhaps you didn’t attend because you are still feeling your way out of lockdown and that is understandable. But if you are feeling a little anxious, little steps will ease you back into the swing of things. However, if you need more help, you can book an appointment for mental health and/or wellbeing support via the student portal.

JUST ONE THING…. I am still practising those breathing exercises from my last blog and in the next I have described a useful way to use imagery to help in stressful situations. But don’t be distracted from the basics – and by that I mean eating well, getting some exercise and a good night’s sleep as well as fundamental personal hygiene. If you neglect these basic needs you will pile on more stress and the cycle will continue.

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