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    I'm looking for some advice. I'm a first year undergraduate student doing a Geology degree and over the past few years I've struggled with anxiety. I was in CBD until they changed my councillor and she made me feel uncomfortable and I felt like I was getting worse - so I stopped going. My anxiety is mainly focused on social situations and on transport; it's largely linked to not being in control of a situation and if I lose control, I have a severe panic attack and usually vomit.

    I have this semester a fieldtrip module which requires me to travel on a coach for 5 hours (a big nope when it comes to my anxiety), I may be split up from the select few friends I have and so I'd feel alone and forced to socialise with people I dislike/don't know (another big nope) and even if the people I do feel safe around are in my group, I will not be allowed to share a room with them due to them being the opposite gender and having no friends of my own gender on my course (also a very big nope).

    Basically, I was looking to see if anyone had any advice in terms of what I could do? This fieldtrip is worth 100% of my mark for my module and 12.5% of my mark for my first year.

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    Hi

    I'm looking for some advice. I'm a first year undergraduate student doing a Geology degree and over the past few years I've struggled with anxiety. I was in CBD until they changed my councillor and she made me feel uncomfortable and I felt like I was getting worse - so I stopped going. My anxiety is mainly focused on social situations and on transport; it's largely linked to not being in control of a situation and if I lose control, I have a severe panic attack and usually vomit.

    I have this semester a fieldtrip module which requires me to travel on a coach for 5 hours (a big nope when it comes to my anxiety), I may be split up from the select few friends I have and so I'd feel alone and forced to socialise with people I dislike/don't know (another big nope) and even if the people I do feel safe around are in my group, I will not be allowed to share a room with them due to them being the opposite gender and having no friends of my own gender on my course (also a very big nope).

    Basically, I was looking to see if anyone had any advice in terms of what I could do? This fieldtrip is worth 100% of my mark for my module and 12.5% of my mark for my first year.

    Thanks
    Hey,

    I'm in my first year of my geology degree, and like you I also suffer from anxiety, especially when it comes to travelling on field trips (though mine is most likely linked to my Asperger's, and thankfully has never resulted in a panic attack). I can totally sympathise with you though, field trips are always an ordeal for me too!

    During my Geography A Level, I was made to go on a field trip to the French Alps, which took approximately 21 hours by coach + ferry to get there, and another 20+ hours to get back. I had no friends with me as they had gone the previous week (the trip was run twice due to the high numbers of students involved), and so I was forced to spend the week sharing a room with two students I'd never met before. It actually wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be though, as the two girls I was with were friendly and didn't seem to mind the fact that I was very shy. But, that's enough about my experiences

    Are your tutors aware that you have anxiety concerning this field trip? Whenever I go on a field trip, I meet with my disability advisor beforehand to compile an 'action plan', which basically lets my tutors know about my anxieties, and what they can do to try and lessen them. For example, if we do group work, to make sure that I am in a group with students who are similarly quiet in nature, or that the coach driver should provide rest stops at least every two hours. Also, getting as much information about the travelling aspect of the trip as possible, i.e. how long we'll be travelling for, how often there will be rest stops etc, is useful because then you'll know what to expect.

    Another thing I would suggest when travelling is to try and distract yourself. If you don't want to talk to the person sitting next to you, then listening to music, reading etc is good because it stops you from thinking about the things which worry you. It helps to pass the time quicker too!

    I hope that helps, and best of luck with the module!
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    Definitely start by talking to staff about this, and make sure they are aware because fieldwork is an important component of a geology degree!

    They should be able to make sure you are in a group with people you know - try talking to your personal tutor and ask who they recommend you speak to. Otherwise, try the module coordinator or first year coordinator
 
 
 
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