heading home for the holidays

It’s that time of year again…the days get shorter, we begin to get whiffs of pine, chestnuts are roasting on an open fire… that’s right– it’s the Festive Season.
And while some of us love the festivities, this time of year can also be challenging for students who are leaving their university, campus, or program. This blog is for those of us who are heading home for the holidays. Whether you’re excited to get home, anxious to leave or simply feeling like you’d rather be under the sun, in a hammock, on a beach – we feel you.

tips for Thanksgiving and beyond with study abroad

Tina has written a beautiful blog to touch on the holidays. Thanksgiving marks a time where some of us are saying goodbye to the host cities we’ve come to love whilst others prepare for their Spring term abroad. Whether we’re sad to say goodbye, or excited to say hello – we should all be proud of the bold and brave choices we have made to study abroad.

let’s talk about SEX

Welcome to the sex ed class you may have never had before – put your mind in a hammock, take notes and enjoy the ride (all puns intended).

Here we talk about Consent, bust some Myths as well as challenge the Movies version of Sex…

the aftermath of Covid-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all of us. Some of us may feel we have passed it, with Joe Biden recently stating that the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Whereas some of us may be struggling to get back to ‘normal’ – whatever that means. In this blog we will be discussing the effects COVID-19 had on our mental health, with the help of psychotherapist Marina Tricard. And why now might be the best time to create a new ‘normal’.

making friends 

A new academic term is just around the corner, if not already started, and for those of you who have chosen to study abroad or head off to university – your adventure is about to begin. There will be challenges ahead, possibly when it comes to making new friends. Although forming friendships can seem daunting, it’s important to remember that being a good friend is easy and making new friends is fun – here’s why.

body image – we are enough

‘No body is the same – and yet so often we compare ourselves to others, talk ourselves down and try to change our bodies, in hopes that we will one day love them. But what if it isn’t our bodies that we need to work on? What if it’s our minds, our outlook, that needs to change?

There is no right or wrong way to be ourselves. Our bodies are beautiful. And if you don’t agree, then this blog is for you’

we’ve got a lot of time for Pride

The LGBTQIA+ community is incredible. Not just in the month of Pride but all year round. Pride month reminds us why this resilient community is worth celebrating, but we must remember that Pride is more than parades and a flag.

We’ve got a lot of time for Pride… here’s why.

peer pressure

When we think of peer pressure we often think of the negatives. We are often taught to avoid the people that apply pressure. And sometimes, that is the case. However, as much we want to avoid it, we will not only endure negative peer pressure in our lifetimes, but we may be the ones applying it too – sometimes without even realising.

It’s time to go…

This time of year – the end of term and study abroad students heading home – can be intense. We are hearing that anxiety is up. What can students do during this time?

alcohol, boundaries, and balance – a student take

How have you and your friends experienced the culture around drinking at Uni so far? And how would you describe how you are handling it? Read on to see how our ambassador found drinking to be excessive in her experience.

Anxiety… Panic Attacks

Read on to learn to distinguish between ‘anxiety’ and ‘panic’; and significantly, steps you can take to take care of yourself if you are experiencing either.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad may well turn out to be one of those pivotal periods in life that opens you into different ways of seeing the world and yourself in it. And it has its challenges. Familiarize yourself here with the phases of cultural adjustment, a framework to help you think specifically about your adjustment to the new culture you are moving towards.

Let’s talk about Nutrition

This simple yet complex word means a lot for all of us. What we put in our body affects our cells and influences our thoughts.

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