It’s proven that water has magical powers.  So just do it.  It’ll give you powers too.

Prevent yourself from falling behind or from having a large amount of work (and stress!) build up right in front of you. It’ll save you time (and your grades, ahem) in the long run…even if it may not seem so nice of an idea right now.

Actually know what your professor is talking about in lecture by reading ahead instead of blanking out during class and trying to catch up just before a test. This way, you’ll maximize your time in college and end up learning more as the information you get from your professor will clarify and solidify your understanding of the topics in class.

Be an active learner! Just because you’re fed information doesn’t mean you should just sit back and be passive about the knowledge you’re receiving.  Participate! Engage! Learn!

It’s important that you keep your health your priority.  Without it, you wouldn’t be able to do a lot of stuff.  So, remember to eat clean, exercise, and make healthy decisions most of the time.  The rest of the time, have fun.

Save yourself the hassle and stress of rushing in the morning.  Things just feel a lot better when you’re ready and prepared ahead of time. Let yourself feel like your life is together for a bit.

You don’t need to go ham, but maybe just squeeze in a quick 10 minute workout in your schedule. It can actually make a difference. After all, anything is better than just moving from chair to chair and going for hours on end sitting in the library or lying on your bed.

Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, stay in the loop and keep planning ahead.  This is only bound to help you.  As for scholarships, you always need ‘em. So whatcha waitin’ for.

Small steps will eventually lead to big places.  Make sure you’re staying on track by setting short term goals and thinking about your long term ones too! Taking it day by day is important, so just make sure you’re making the most of your time and ask yourself: are you happy with what you accomplished today?

College is a time when you can get so easily swept away and swallowed in millions of responsibilities.  It can get a little insane.  Make sure you give yourself a little TLC to keep yourself from going crazy. You deserve it.

Stay inspired with quotes that remind you of the beauty in life.

You’re off living your new and busy life, but it doesn’t take much to take a little time out of your day to remind someone you’re thinking of them.  It can save a relationship.  It can make someone happy.  And that’s good.

No matter how much work you have left to do or how unhappy you are with how your day went, remember you have a new day ahead of you that you won’t want to spoil it with the stains of today.  Release all negativity and get ready to do something great. It’s gonna be a new day.  And you can make it awesome.
University Counselling Services

right, boys and girls, i’ve been doing some thinking about what i want to post next about mental health and university life, and i came to the conclusion that because most of my posts have been about raising awareness and reducing discrimination, i should make one about your outlook for recovery and the help you can access. this is actually inspired by a friend who i was helping find their university counselling services this morning!

i personally do not think it would be an exaggeration to say that i probably would not have made it through last semester without the help of my counsellor. i was in a really, really bad place when i first met her, and whilst i was still hurting when i went home at the end of the year, she helped me tread water and keep my head up so i could finish my exams and complete second year. we got on really well, but i do understand that not everybody will have such a connection with their counsellor, but even so - its really helpful to have somebody unbiased and confidential to see, to hold you accountable and to help you overcome various issues. 

mine, for example, gave me breathing exercises to do when i have panic attacks, gave me study methods to do when I’m so anxious i can’t even think about studying, relaxation methods to do when i can’t let myself stop studying, made sure i ate enough, made sure i drank enough and made sure i took my medication. and i also know that if she thought that at any point that i was becoming a danger to myself (or others) she would be my advocate and help me manage a way home.

so please, if you’re at university, and you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to find out what kind of counselling services you have at your university - don’t just think that the NHS can help, because the waiting lists are huuuuuge.

and just because i care about every single one of you and i want to make it as simple and easy as possible, here’s a bunch of links to the counselling services at a load of UK universities - sorry, i don’t really know how it works in the US, but i’m sure there’s some form of counselling or something there too. i know this isn’t a comprehensive list of all the universities in the UK, so feel free to add your own if i’ve missed it off!


Abertay Dundee


Anglia Ruskin




Bath Spa











De Montfort








Glasgow Caledonian





Imperial College London




Leeds (you have to scroll down a bit)




Liverpool Hope


King’s College London

London School of Economics and Political Science

Queen Mary, University of London

Royal College of Music

Royal Holloway

Royal Veterinary College

St George’s, University of London

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University College London

London Metropolitan

London South Bank



Manchester Metropolitan



Nottingham Trent


Oxford Brookes



Queen’s University Belfast

Queen Margaret University


Robert Gordon

St Andrews


Sheffield Hallam


Southampton Solent









West London


West of England

West of Scotland



Before your first therapy appointment

- make a list of your symptoms and any medication you’re on.
- make sure you know exactly where to go and allow plenty of time.
- Be aware the therapist may ask you questions- especially about your past- you are uncomfortable with.
- You don’t have to answer anything you don’t want to.
- remember anything you say is confidential unless you’re at risk to yourself or others- you are able to talk freely in this meeting and should not be judged.
- you don’t have to mention everything in this appointment, so don’t be worried if you run out of time.

Don’t talk to yourself in such a way that if you did so to a friend, it would end your friendship.

If you had a friend dealing with the same things, you wouldn’t berate that person, say, ‘You’re not working hard enough,’ ‘You suck,’ or ‘You’re not as good as [whomever].’ You’d offer your friend encouragement, you’d try to point out all the things your friend did right, and how much progress your friend had made.

You should do no less for yourself.

Be very careful how you talk to yourself. Because you are listening.

—  Pat Cadigan, author
so I heard something interesing today
  • counsellor:what's your opinion on bullying?
  • person:physical abuse is definitely wrong, I don't agree with it
  • counsellor:so you don't think physical bullying is right?
  • person:no, definitely not
  • counsellor:then why do you do it to yourself? why would you bully and bring harm to yourself, just not other people?
  • and I think it's so true