30 January 2020
University can have its ups and downs with all the highlights of a new friendship circle and fun activities to do in a new city but what if something doesn’t go to plan?
What if something you couldn’t have foreseen comes up during your time studying with ARU? That's exactly what happened to me at the beginning of my 2nd year.
Just before going into my second year I ended up going into hospital after becoming unwell with sepsis. It came as a massive shock and meant I had to spend a lot of time in recovery with my health becoming my focus. University barely crossed my mind and, before I knew it, I had missed the first few weeks of semester 1. Suddenly, I realised I was super behind with my studies and had missed out on loads of information by not being in.
My University work was really suffering and my aspirations of graduating with a degree seemed impossible. I felt as though I would have to give my studies up. I started writing up the email to my personal tutor informing them I would no longer be able to continue my degree due to poor health which was devastating and that I didn’t know how to continue with my studies.
Lucky for me, my tutor reached out to offer me loads of support, both academically and emotionally. I was put in contact with Residential Services who helped me find a place in Cambridge, cutting out my long commute from Norfolk. Online learning systems such as Canvas and Lecture Capture meant I hadn’t completely missed out on weeks of information meaning I had the ability to properly catch up in my own time at home and fill in days where I wasn’t able to be there in person. I could also speak to Student Services for any difficulties I was having.
By December I had my own place in Cambridge and was sitting my exams with the rest of my cohort despite the rocky start. By reaching out to staff I was able to maintain my place at ARU and will graduate in 2020. Not everything will always go to plan and that’s okay! Always ask for help if you need it no matter what has been going on in your life; remember there are people here to help you and they want you to succeed.