Seeing Out The Year Sensibly

It’s not always easy to look after your wellbeing when you have to prepare for exams and churn out essays in time for a series of deadlines.

It’s even harder when some of us finish all of our assessments much later than others, and it can seem like everyone else has already started celebrating the end of an academic year!

A few tips

Looking after your wellbeing and self-care can take shape in so many different ways.

If you know that you have several assessment deadlines or exams coming up, make sure to set an alarm or reminders on your phone to help you stay focused on all the tasks you need to accomplish.

It may be wise to take a break from partying and consuming alcohol, so that you are in the best mind set to tackle whatever challenges you have to face to finish your academic year. Nothing is more stressful than waking up the next day and wishing you hadn’t exhausted your body the night before!

On that note, remember to have regular meals in between your studies and stay hydrated throughout the day. You can make use of the free water fountains located at the EWD library and Tommy’s Kitchen at the SU building to refill your water bottles. If you have a craving for snacks during your study sesh, the Union Shop is open from 08:00 to 23:00 with a range of vegan-friendly and gluten free food to cater for everyone’s needs.

Already finished with your year?

If you have completed all your assignments and exams, please be considerate to other students who are still trying to stay focused and get the best grades they need to finish their year off with a bang. Please remember to be respectful and understanding to all your friends who may not be free to hang out and celebrate with you just yet!

When you do have a well-deserved celebratory drink or two, make sure to know your limits and drink in moderation. Eating a big meal before drinking and switching to water in between every alcoholic beverage will help you pace yourself, especially if you haven’t consumed alcohol in a while. Free water is always available at the bar, whether you are in Crosslands, Tommy’s Kitchen or The Packhorse. If you fancy trying out a mocktail, you can head over to The Packhorse where you can find a range of alcohol-free beverages!

If you’re on a night out at the Students’ Union, you can approach any member of the Good Night Out team (look out for our student staff wearing a neon pink jacket) to help you with any concerns.

As part of the NUS Alcohol Impact programme, we are committed to helping students stay safe on a night out. If you live locally in Englefield Green or Egham, you can make use of our Union Bus service (which only costs £1 per person) to get you home safely.

A gentle reminder

Our Advice Centre is always here if you have any questions or need guidance on how to live a healthy lifestyle and look after your wellbeing, especially if you are unsure about your relationship with alcohol consumption.

You can get in touch with the Advice Centre by emailing advice@su.rhul.ac.uk to speak to one of our advisors about your concerns.

Willow Wong // Vice President Welfare & Diversity