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unsure about my course

I don't know if I made the right choice. I'm in my first year and I'm not really enjoying my course and I don't see it getting much better. It's quite intense and really difficult and moves so fast and basically all independent, and the work doesn't really interest me. I'm scared that I'm losing motivation to do the work, I'm not sure if it's related to my anxiety/depressive disorder. I'm finding it so hard to manage my time, haven't made as many friends as id have liked to, barely go out and socialise because of the workload. I can't really see it getting better and I just feel lost. I'm considering changing next year but that would be a whole year worth of money down the drain and time lost too. Not sure what to do
Hi, so sorry to hear your going through this. Can I suggest you talk to a lecturer or personal tutor, they are experienced in all this and can help you navigate the course more easily and manage your work load too. Also can I suggest you look at opportunities your students union has so that you can have an escape from your course and meet new people so that it doesn't seem like your course is surrounding you.
I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck.

Joseph - University of Sunderland Student Ambassador
Hi there,

I'm sorry you're going through this. I 100% agree with what Joseph has said- you may feel alone in this now, but you are not the only student who has gone through similar struggles, university tutors are there to support you and they will know what options are available to you. Sometimes there is the option to switch courses but continue on straight into second year, particularly if the two courses share modules. There is also no shame in not continuing with university if you feel it's just not for you, or taking a year out to find out what really interests you.

If you haven't already it is worth reaching out to your university's student services to see what further support they may be able to provide you. If you don't know how to access this help, your tutors should be able to point you in the right direction.

I hope your situation improves and you are able to get some help from your university.
Yasmin (Lancaster University student ambassador)

I am sorry to hear you are struggling. Like others have said I would try and speak to a lecturer or tutor, they may have some advice, alternatively, if your University has a well-being team it may be worth speaking to them.

If you are really not happy with the course I would change. Your health is important and has to take priority over anything else

I hope you start to feel better :smile:

Rebecca York St John Student Ambassador
I'm so sorry you're feeling like this! It sounds like there's a few area of uni have turned out not a expected- course, friends, workload. I would advise speaking to your parents and your academic advisor at uni, or using the drop-in service at your students union! Friends and downtime are very important, especially with such an intense course. Do you currently study with friends, or alone in your room? I understand it can be hard to focus with people but the social activity of studying together and then having lunch together gives you time to chat, and gets you all into a routine of being up and at the library early!

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