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georgina burchell

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Don't drop out, drop in

Starting University is a time of monumental change and the start of a new chapter in your life, so it’s not surprising that it can be a bit of an emotional whirlwind. At uea(su) we want to make the transition to Higher Education as smooth as possible and look out for your wellbeing so you have a great time at UEA.  

Around this point in the semester students can start to feel homesick, have a sudden panic about whether they’re doing the right course, or wonder if University was the right choice for them. Financial, social and academic concerns can also start to hit. We know that these first few weeks are often the toughest, and it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There’s loads of support here for you from both the University and your Student’s Union.  

If you’re worried about anything or are considering dropping out, the advice(su) service can help you talk through your options and point you in the direction of support. They provide a free, independent and confidential advice service that’s open to all UEA students. You can pick up leaflets about a range of subjects and the friendly staff can offer face-to-face advice on just about anything; if they can’t help you, they’ll find someone who can. The main areas they can help with are: academic advice, health and wellbeing, employment advice, money worries and housing concerns.  

You can find advice(su) in Union House. Their reception is open from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday for information and to book appointments. An appointment isn’t always needed though, they also hold drop-in sessions from 11am to 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for straightforward queries or initial guidance on more complex issues.  

For more information on the support and advice you can access through advice(su), visit our website page here. You can also request appointments through the site. 

If you’re struggling, remember that there are people who are there to support you, so don’t drop out, drop in to advice(su).  


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