Starting university can be daunting, particularly with pandemic lurking over our heads. University experience includes so much more than the course itself, it is about trying new things, meeting new people and learning new skills. Although it is really exciting it can be a lot. It is perfectly normal to feel anxious about going to university and there are things that can make it a lot easier for you.
Kindness Hour is a weekly get together organised by the SU Volunteering team. We meet every Thursday at 12pm on Zoom to catch-up while doing a different volunteering/kindness activity each week. If you are looking for a group of people who can make your experience of transitioning into university easier, Kindness Hour is the perfect place.
It will provide you with so much needed social support.
Meeting the right kind of people at the beginning of your university experience can make all the difference. Kindness Hour is a great opportunity to meet other students, get useful tips on university life, understand what Students’ Union does and get all your other questions answered. You won’t find people more helpful than the Kindness Hour peeps. We love helping, so you can be sure we will do our absolute best to support you in any way possible.
Helping each other as well as others helps to create, maintain, and strengthen friendships. Volunteering during the sessions and supporting other members can help you feel a sense of belonging, and connect with our local communities. This can be particularly helpful during these first weeks of university when you may feel homesick or isolated. As for now due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have been meeting online, however starting from the new academic year we are planning a range of exciting face-to-face sessions which some may even include tea and cake!
Throwing yourself into meaningful project is an excellent distraction from university anxiety and can literally decreases stress and prevents loneliness.
During the Freshers’ Week you will be presented with opportunities for joining many different social groups. Although each of them can be beneficial for your well-being, by joining Kindness Hour you can get the advantages of being part of a social circle as well as kindness activities.
Studies have found that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of wellbeing. Allen Lurks (1998) once named the pleasurable and euphoric emotional sensation of energy and warmth linked to helping as ‘the helper’s high’. The United Healthcare/Volunteer Match Do Good Live Well Study, a 2010 online survey of a national sample of 4,582 American adults, found that:
96% of volunteers report feeling happier
68% of volunteers agree that volunteering has made me feel physically healthier
92% that it enriches their sense of purpose in life”
89% that it has improved their sense of well-being
73% that it lowers their stress levels
77% that it improves emotional
78% that it helps with recovery from loss and disappointment
Doing good is a powerful way of feeling better. During Kindness Hours you will have opportunities to engage with various exciting helping activities from conservation projects to improving lives of poorly children.
We hope that we presented you with some good reasons why joining Kindness Hours could help with the university transition anxiety. We look forward to seeing you in September!
You can join our Kindness Hour group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/269889627558223
Currently Kindness Hour is happening online, Zoom meetings links can be found on events calendar.