Life at university
At university Neil made fantastic friends and went to great parties.
1 If you look at a situation through rose-tinted spectacles you think that things are __________________ they really are.
2 At university Neil felt __________________ because he missed his friends and family.
3 At first Kirsty was trying to balance both academic and __________________.
4 In Dr Ruth Caleb’s opinion it is helpful for university students to know how to do __________________ like household chores.
5 Neil was and is still bad at __________________ .
6 A survey at Imperial College London found out that __________________ four students suffer stress during their time at university.
7 And 9% of them feel __________________ .
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… and I'm Neil. Hello.
Hello, Neil. You went to university, didn't you?
Yes. University – the best days of my life. I made fantastic friends, went to great parties…
Did some work?
Well, yeah, I did some work, but probably not enough.
Well, the subject of today's show is student mental health. So, Neil, do you think you're looking back at your university days through rose-tinted spectacles? And that means looking at a situation as being better than it really was.
I did feel out of my comfort zone when I arrived. Yes, everyone seemed to know everyone… knew where to go.
Yes. Well, did you talk to anyone about your feelings, Neil? Did you get any counselling?
What? No, not me. I'm one of those men who isn't good at talking about their feelings, Alice. I just felt a bit homesick that's all – I missed my friends and family.
Now in the UK, there has been a rise in students using counselling services.
Why's that, Alice?
Well, let's listen to Kirsty, a student at Exeter University, talking about why she has had problems. Did she enjoy her first days in college?
Kirsty McMurron, student at Exeter University
No. The thing is… it… is a real balancing act. When I first got to university I don't think I'd really realized that I'd forgotten how to make friends you know, I'd been with the same school friends for seven years, and so I was trying to balance, you know, social success with academic success whilst learning how to look after myself at quite a young age. And I think that's the experience of a lot of young people. And people really struggle with it.
What's a balancing act, Alice?
It's where you try to give your attention to two or more things at the same time. So here, Kirsty is trying to balance making new friends with doing her academic work and learning to look after herself.
OK, let's listen to Dr Ruth Caleb of the counselling service at Brunel University in London talking about what practical stuff students could learn before leaving for university that might make life easier for them.
Dr Ruth Caleb, Head of the counselling service at Brunel University, London
Certain things that I think it would be very very helpful for students to have put in place are an ability to do the practical things of life – to do the washing, to do the cleaning and so on – being able to cook. Budgeting is extremely important in university life. And also spending time on your own comfortably.
Yes, that's excellent advice. I couldn't boil an egg when I arrived at uni.
Oh, really? Can you do it now, Neil?
Just about, just about.
Yeah? Great. And what about budgeting? This means planning how much money you have and how you will spend it.
I'm still pretty bad at that. However, I am very good at spending time on my own comfortably.
Yes, I can believe that – feet up, watching TV with a takeaway.
Takeaway, of course a takeaway cause I can't cook anything…
… not even an egg. You know me so well. So how about the answer to today's quiz question, Alice?
Alice Alright then. In a survey of students at Imperial College London, how many said they suffered from high levels of stress or a mental health condition during their time at college? Was it… a) 1 out of 4? b) 2 out of 4? or c) 3 out of 4?
And I said c) 3 out of 4.
Yes. And you are correct – well done, Neil! The survey, completed by over a thousand students, also found that almost 70% of those that suffer from stress do so at least once a week, and 9% of students feel stressed constantly.
Well, I feel anxious just thinking about all that stress. That brings us to the end. Good-bye!
1 better than
3 social success
4 (the) practical things
6 three out of
7 stressed constantly