International Student Counselor
so the counseling service is we offer deal with any problems arising from your studies or in your life outside the university.
Let’s take academic counseling. If you’re confused about subjects or how to combine them in your degree, then we can advise you and discuss the career you are aiming for so that you can see it all in context.
We can also chase up your tutor Q11 if you’re not getting proper feedback on how you’re getting on in your subject. Besides help with academic problems, you may also need personal counseling.
If you think you’re already under stress, well, just wait till classes begin next week. You’ll have to start adjusting to teaching and learning methods that may be unfamiliar to you as well as the mounting pressure is, Q12 the deadline for that first assignment creeps upon you, and, of course, you have to cope with all this without your usual social network. Q13 You know the social contacts, family, and friends you could normally rely on for help. All of this causes anxiety. Studying overseas contributor a personal crisis.
You may have left a lot of what you might call unfinished business back in your own country or you may have Q14 interrupted personal relationships or even sometimes have broken them off to come overseas. And so the student often feels lonely, unhappy, unmotivated, and unable to concentrate on study. Or there may be other things bothering you.
Our resident chaplain can offer you spiritually guidance if that’s what you want, or we can put you in touch with community groups that can provide you with social contacts and friendship.
What about exam stress? It affects nearly everyone to some extent, but especially overseas students like yourselves.
There may be a huge amount of family pressure on you to succeed, and Q15 if you fail a subject or drop out of a course because it’s too difficult than your self-esteem can suffer. But it’s not the end of the world if you don’t pass an exam.
I had to recent first-year anthropology, so I can certainly offer you a sympathetic ear anyway. Exam failure can lead to worrying changes in the way you normally behave.
You may also be off your food or you may have dietary problems because the Q16 local food is not to your liking and upset you and this can affect your health and studies. Glenda Roberts is our dietician in the health service, and we can put you onto her.
And we all have money problems, don’t we? But remember, full-time students Q17 can get a low-interest loan of up to $600 to buy books and for similar study-related expenses.
That’s right, and you can get double that amount if you can’t afford an item of equipment you need for your course. Ah, musical instrument, for example.
And it doesn’t stop there when you move into a flat. Starting-up expenses, including Q18 furniture for it, can be covered by alone through the welfare service. See Jill Freeman for details. Can we help you?
Well, last academic year, in spite of staff cuts, Q19 we counseled 240 international students for a total of 2600 hours counseling. And finally, Q20 we won all the just one of the 12 appeals that we launched on behalf of students. Not too bad for an understaffed service. Don’t you think
that’s all from me? Thank you.