Updated: Aug 24, 2020
It's September roughly around two weeks before my first year of university begins. I pack up my room at home and venture down to London to begin the next chapter of my life. I know where I am going to live, I know what course I am going to study and I know a bit about how the next academic year will go but apart from that, I am lost. Sounds familiar right.
But picture it even more like this.
It's September roughly around two weeks before my first year of university begins. I pack up my room at home and venture down to London to begin the next chapter of my life. So far I have received millions of emails from my university but nothing to prepare me for what is yet to come. My university knows pretty much everything about me except my previous mental health conditions (because there has been no way for me to disclose). Therefore at the very inception of my arrival at university, I am alone - completely alone to fend for myself when and if the storm should arrive. So, one week goes by and I haven't left my room or attended any of my lectures or seminars. One week turns into two weeks, then into three and then into six. If university is supposed to gear you up for the real world, then it definitely is not like this.
If I had not shown up to work, I think I am right to believe that people would be worried and that I would be contacted, right? No not with universities. To be honest you could disappear from the face of the earth and some universities would not even realise. I am not saying that universities are completely responsible for their students but I am saying that universities need to do more to recognise mental health issues in the same way as other disabilities and circumstances a student may have like financial difficulties, traveller status and language barriers.
What was your experience entering university? What do you feel your university could have done better to prepare you? What do you wish you had known before starting university?