Preparing for University

On the 25th April our Sixth Form students had the opportunity to attend a talk by guest speakers Mr Paul Hampson from University of Westminster , Ms Beverley Crooks from Brunel University and Ms Jennifer Nichols-Dunbar from Prevent about life at university. This is the second event organised by the Sixth Form team in order to prepare the students for life after Kingsbury High School, the first one took part during our Excel Day.
Mrs Crooks highlighted during her introduction that ‘This is a great opportunity the school has given the students, not only helping to get into university, but to also preparing for the time at university.’
Both university representatives talked about day to day problems during the first year, from financial issues, to cooking, to homesickness and how to best deal with them. A list of places that are available to students offering help whilst studying, such as student unions, counselling to name but a few, were offered and numerous leaflets left for the students to keep. The students were advised to try and learn simple but essential skills before leaving home, for example how to use a washing machine and cooking.
‘Finding new friends is the biggest concern to new students at university, during school you have your support network of friends and when that is gone, it can be challenging to create new bonds’ Mr Hampson added.
Finally Ms Nichols-Dunbar took the students through her presentation on radicalisation. This is a delicate, but important topic, as new students are vulnerable targets for such organisations.
However the session was not attended to create anxiety for the upcoming life changing events in the students’ life, it was to create awareness that some might find it challenging and show what support will be available to ensure university life becomes the most memorable time of the students’ lives.

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