With love, Laura - your new agony aunt

Laura Whitwam

17th October 2016

Hello lovely Courier readers and welcome to my first ever Agony Aunt article! If you are seeking honest advice on anything from university life to relationships you have come to the right place. I like to think that I have experienced most problems university students go through. From being abandoned by my long term boyfriend for the other side of the world in semester 1 to going through the panic of starting a 2000 word essay 24 hours before the deadline in the second. As you have probably realised I am by no means an expert so please take all my advice with a large pinch of salt.

I really enjoy a certain sport and I’ve been to the taster sessions but I don’t seem to really click with the other people at the club. I really love the sport but I don’t want to be lonely. – Jenny

Hi Jenny, sport teams can be really daunting because of their competitive nature and especially if the other people in the team are quite pally already. However, do remember that you have only been to the taster session so far so I would persevere and I am sure that your common interest for a love of sport will help you find friends soon.

Last year during A-Levels I found that my time management and organisation was not the best and this led me to feel very stressed when it came to exams. Do you have any organisation tips? - Sophie

"i would suggest, first of all, writing a list of things you need to do"

Hi Sophie, it can be really hard to balance your work and social life at university. At times I have found myself in a similar position but I would suggest first of all writing a list of all the things you need to do. I find it helps to do this before bed and then I will try and schedule my day according to what I need to do.

I’ve had a boyfriend for 2 years and I have just started at uni but my boyfriend has stayed in our hometown. How do I stop him from feeling left out? Any advice would be appreciated. – Anonymous

"it is important to try and make sure you both have individual interests outside of your relationship"

Hello! It is important to try and make sure you both have individual interests outside of your relationship so neither of you get jealous of each others lives. Make sure he knows that you miss him but he also needs to understand that you’re making new friends and having new experiences in your new city. Visit each other as much as possible without being overly needy!

I hope you lovely readers find this helpful and remember, every cloud has a silver lining (even during the roller-coaster ride that is university).

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