Dealing with change as a new student
We want your transition to OSFC to be as stress free as possible. A big change in your routine and environment can easily become overwhelming but starting a new step in your education should be exciting and fun!
Of course, in 2020 we have put measures in place to ensure all our students and staff are as safe as possible following government guidelines for Covid-19. Your safety and wellbeing are extremely important to us and although things may feel a little different, we still want you to enjoy yourself, make new friends and get stuck into college life.
On your first day, make sure to give yourself plenty of time. Try to arrive to the college a little early to familiarise yourself with the building and where you need to go. Avoiding unnecessary stress like being late can make a huge difference to how your first college experience will be. Walking or cycling to the college is a great way to get fresh air, a little exercise and clear your head before your day starts. We have plenty of secure bike storage available for you to use if you choose to pedal in! If you do need to take public transport, try to allow yourself a bit of extra time, just in case there are delays. Try to have a backup route in mind too just in case. Oh and… don’t forget your mask!
It can be helpful to find a moment of calm during your day. Simply getting some fresh air or listening to your favourite music or podcast on your lunch can help calm your nerves and helps your mind re-set ready for taking in new information. If you feel overwhelmed try not to panic. Find a quiet space, take a few deep breaths and think about what it is you’re finding difficult. Often, once you take a moment to stop and identify what you’re actually worrying about, it doesn’t seem that bad after all.
We want you to feel happy and confident at college. Wearing your favourite outfit or packing your favourite snack to have with lunch can boost your mood and give you something to look forward to on your first day. Think about something small you can plan ahead that is familiar and comforts you.
Finally, everyone around you is there to help. College teachers, support staff and your peers play a vital role in helping to make your transition to OSFC an enjoyable one. Please reach out to those around you if you have a concern or need a little reassurance, especially while you’re getting used to a new routine. It might help to remember that your role as a classmate is also really important to your peers. Connecting with other students, making new friends and being approachable and helpful could really make the difference in another student’s experience.
We can’t wait to welcome you to OSFC and hope you’ll love your time with us from day one! Remember; try to arrive a little early, find a moment of calm during your day, plan a little treat for yourself to give you a boost and ask for help if you need it.
Welcome to OSFC!