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Preparing for Uni

Homesickness, packing and how to make friends

For many young people, going away to University will be the first time they will live away from home and it can be a hugely daunting experience. How can you help them prepare? In this Pod, we explore tips and advice on dealing with homesickness, what to pack, how to make friends and settle in and getting used to independent study.

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PODCASTS

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How to prepare before starting university – Royal Holloway

(23 mins)

The podcast is split into three sections: how to prepare academically, how to prepare for living at University and how to make the most of your summer before you leave.

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Homesickness in a modern world – Mosaic Science

(22 mins)

This podcast looks at what purpose, if any, homesickness serves and whether modern technology is a help or a hindrance

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VIDEOS

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Forgettable Essentials to Pack for Uni – Unite Students

(5 minute)

Useful list for those in Halls of Residence

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The Ultimate Packing for University Guide

(5 minute)

This video also includes a list for self-catering

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The best advice that students need to hear – Evan Carmichael, Believe Nation

(8 minute)

Advice for students from Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and other successful entrepreneurs

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ARTICLES

How to deal with homesickness at University – The Times

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There is an expectation for university to be the “best time of your life”, so it can be really difficult if you don’t feel that way. Here are some tips that can help to combat feelings of homesickness at university. By Seeta Bhardwa

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Homesickness – Settling into University

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This advice from Warwick University has some good details on the sort of feelings students might experience and a useful graphic on the stages of homesickness.

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