Student Anxiety – International

Anxiety for students coming to study in the UK

Students have a lot on their plates – studying, attending lectures, meeting tough deadlines, all whilst trying to keep up hobbies and maintain a healthy social life. When you add moving to a different country into the mix, this can quickly become overwhelming,

As an international student coming to the UK, it’s natural to feel anxious, stressed and worried about making such a big leap. Not only are you starting a brand-new leg of your educational journey (which is enough to make anyone nervous), but you are uprooting your life to move abroad and tackling everything that this entails. From learning new social customs to getting on with your housemates and making new friends, there is a lot to think about.

Remember that it is normal to feel anxious about such a big life change and the culture shock that will accompany it. However, it’s important not to let yourself get bogged down in these feelings and know that you aren’t alone. We have compiled resources which will help you to handle anxious feelings surrounding coming to study in the UK – including a mix of videos and articles. These resources will help you to get ahead of your anxiety, and to process it as it happens, ensuring that you have a smoother transition into your studies and can fully enjoy this new chapter in your life.

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Kaitlyn Kelly is the 18 year-old co-founder of PositiviTeens® Workshops. As a young teen in 2018, Kaitlyn was personally impacted by a high school shooting in her childhood hometown of Parkland, FL. That day, she witnessed, through live social media feeds, the unfolding violence upon friends and former neighbors while she sat in her school one town over. The secondary trauma of bearing witness to violence via unfiltered social media, as well as the developmental cost of violence depicted in consumer-entertainment platforms, inspired her to take action.
Addressing the psychosocial impact of violence, depersonalization, bullying and negativity that permeates social media on today’s youth was in response to the Parkland tragedy. During the pas 3 years Kaitlyn has worked to bring easily accessible mental health care to young people. Kaitlyn and her mother, a Clinical Psychologist (Dr. Sherry Skyler Kelly), developed an empowering program of Positive Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral strategies to not only support and educate students, teachers and parents, but to also provide evidence based interventions to promote greater emotional resilience. The effects of digital technology on teen culture, communication, and relationships is one of the timely topics covered in the PositiviTeens® workshops and webinars. Kaitlyn’s unique perspective as a teen, and as a student of Positive Psychology, provides a foundation upon which enacting change for growth is relevant to young audiences. Kaitlyn has co-presented PositiviTeens® webinars to audiences in the USA, Middle East and China. Learn more at PositiviTeens®.com
Learn more about Kaitlyn here – Positive Psychology for Teens in Troubled Times | Wholebeing Institute

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