Mental Health

Why it's ok to hate your year abroad


Lucy reflects on the pressure to have 'the best year of your life' on your year abroad and why, whatever happens, your experience wasn't a waste of time.

by Lucy Colclough

 
 
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Questions about Mental Health

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What's wrong with me?

Anxiety

Please don't think there's anything wrong with you!  The year abroad is a really difficult time for a lot of people and everyone has ups and downs.  Homesickness, living in a new place, coping with...

Q

Any advice on how to meet people on your third year abroad?

Mental Health

Sometimes it is difficult to pluck up the courage, but if you go to a bar you will usually find that the people there are more than up for a chat. One of my friends on my year abroad met her current (...

Q

Studying abroad with OCD?

Mental Health

I think this depends ultimately on the individual but also on what you do on your year abroad. My year abroad got rid of so much of my ocd because I was so embarrassed by the fact that I needed to clo...

Q

What support do universities provide which you think is good and what else...

Universities
Q

How can you support a sibling with a mental health issue from your year abr...

Mental Health

Hello! I imagine that it must be hard for you right now because being abroad will create many limits on the amount of support and kind of support that you can provide your family. I'm making an assum...

Q

How do you feel about a pre-study abroad university mental health assessmen...

Mental Health

I think 'eligibility' is the wrong word here - even if an assessment concludes you are not in a fit state to go abroad, if you are thoroughly determined to go, you should be able to. The experience yo...

Q

How can universities provide better intercultural skills training and copin...

Intercultural competence

Hi there,I think this is a really interesting idea with lots of potential. The only year abroad meeting I had during the academic year before I left was focused on the 'Whats' of a year abroad - what...

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When (if ever) do you give up and go home?

Mental Health

Hello! I'd think that there might be a few different ways of thinking the challenge you are facing. Time away from home and our normal routines and social networks is not something that everyone enjo...

Q

How do I go about getting support for mental illness in Spain?

Mental Health

Hi there,Firstly, have a look at Nicola from Student Minds' excellent advice on practical and emotional techniques to deal with a mental illness abroad, including talking to your home university, buil...

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