A Letter to a New Student

Dear New Student

Like you, I was once a new student; embarking on a college course, full of excitement for the new possibilities that lay ahead, but also full of fear and anxiety around what was in store for me.

Such fear and anxiety is normal but it is important not to let it consume you to the point where you cannot function. There possibly may be days where you will feel under pressure or unable to juggle everything that you need to juggle – fear not, I am here to tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel – and no, they are not the lights of the oncoming train! Instead visualise those lights as the photographers flash on the day you will be conferred with your degree.Rumi quoteGetting to that stage was not without its struggles for me, but, it was a journey that I am so glad that I took. I am now qualified, a degree holder, eligible to register as a Professional Social Care Worker; I stand shoulder to shoulder with my work colleagues.

So how will you get through it? Determination, will power, hard work and lots of support! No, it’s not going to be easy – but it is a degree – it’s not supposed to be too easy! You have to put in the effort, but what you receive in return is worth so much more. You should not need to be studying 24-7, but you will need to put time into your studies – no-body gets a degree for doing no work!

So while it is okay – and human – to acknowledge your fears, please do not let them rule you and ruin your chance at success. Instead channel that fear into constructive actions. As the old adage goes, ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. Know that it is okay to make mistakes – we all do – the only problem is if you do not learn from those mistakes.

You can do this; you will do this.

Best wishes

From a fellow, albeit slightly more seasoned, learner.