Social Well-being

'Out and About'

Top 5 tips:

  1. Get to know your way around - look confident that you know where you are and where you are going.
  2. Try and arrange transport home in advance.
  3. Get cash out from an ATM during the day rather than late at night.
  4. Ipods and mobiles are great - try and avoid flaunting them whilst out.
  5. Exercise - dance to music, walk to the shops, supermarket or the next bus stop. Remember exercise is not just about going to the gym - just move!

Why not try:

  • Finding out the buses that come up from the city centre/Mutley Plain to Marjon.
  • Storing a couple of local taxi telephone numbers into your mobile phone.
  • Signing up for an activity - the gym, pool, zumba class or rambling club.

'Eating'

Top 5 tips:

  1. Enjoy a 'rainbow' of different coloured fruit and vegetables and go 'nutty' - You know it really - just do it.
  2. Drink plenty of water
  3. Plan your eating for a week - You can save lots of money by doing this - also consider shopping and cooking with others.
  4. Vary your diet - a balanced diet is a healthy diet.
  5. Take time out to eat - whether you are grabbing a snack or socialising with friends, enjoy eating well.

Why not try:

  • Planning and budgeting a week's menu - one can be downloaded on LearningSpace > Student Support > How to survive student life.
  • Considering the saving you could make when shopping and cooking with others.
  • Experimenting and learning to cook.

'Sex, Drugs and Clubs'

Top 5 tips:

  1. Partying - look out for each other and ensure everyone is safe at all times. Getting home, 'spiking', unwanted attention etc.
  2. Drink - think about how much alcohol you are drinking. It is a 'downer' and can be dangerous, especially if you have taken medication.
  3. Sex - 'be sure, be safe'.
  4. Your friends - don't be afraid to stand up to peer pressure as you do not have to do anything that you do not want to.
  5. Drugs - thinking of experimenting? Before you do - know the facts!

Why not try:

'Environment'

Top 5 tips:

  1. Respect where you live, who you live with and places you use - clear up after yourself immediately.
  2. Don't just think about recycling - do it!
  3. Think before you print.
  4. Think ethically - buy 'Fairtrade' goods.
  5. Enjoy our natural surroundings - leave them as you find them so others can enjoy then too.

Why not try:

  • Asking in the campus shop or dining hall whether what you are buying is 'Fairtrade'.
  • Researching where the recycling bins are on campus as soon as possible.
  • Looking at the University's 'Green Policy' and 'Fairtrade' status.

'Socialising'

Top 5 tips:

  1. Arrange to meet a friend for lunch or a drink - have a laugh.
  2. Join or start a 'club' - if one is not available then get a few people together with a shared interest and start one (the MSU will support you).
  3. Enjoy social networking - but BEWARE! Social networking sites are viewed as being in the public domain so be careful what you post and say.
  4. Volunteer, find a job or look out for Student Opportunities - great for your CV and for making friends.
  5. Invite someone else to do/join something that you would like to try (salsa, zumba, belly-dancing, body-combat) - go on, have a go!

Why not try:

  • Setting up or joining a study support network group for your module(s) and course.
  • Looking at the resources and opportunities available on LearningSpace > Student Support > Employability
  • Looking for events and work opportunities within the Student Union.

'Your first few weeks'

Top 5 tips:

  1. Find your way around 'LearningSpace' and look at the 'Marjon Hub' regularly - you will be surprised by how much information, help and support there is available to you.
  2. No question is a stupid question - so ask! - No-one expects you to remember all the information that you are given or to know everything.
  3. Pace yourself - you need to sleep & recover too!
  4. 'Friends' that you make in your first few weeks may not be those that last - take time to find people with shared interests and values.
  5. Never feel like you are on your own - there is a lot of support here for you - MSU, Student Support, Chaplaincy, SRS students, Tutors etc - so find one of us!

HAVE FUN & ENJOY YOURSELF!

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