After printing the posters, I went to the reception and asked permission for them to be put on the walls and here they are!
As you know, I created my poster on a website called Canva and I had difficulties trying to find the right format to print it in a poster size. However, Canva does let you download your poster as an image or a PDF file. I decided to go to the resource centre to print the posters out as they had A3 size posters and different colours of card. Card was the best option at the time as I wanted something harder than paper.
I decided to go to the resource centre to print the posters out as they had A3 size posters and different colours of card. Card was the best option at the time as I wanted something harder than paper. I printed out the poster, but I wanted it in the centre of the paper. To do that, I asked for help and was advised to bring my laptop into the centre to download the poster as a PDF file instead. I transferred the file (poster) onto the staff USB stick and then the lovely staff at the resource centre fixed all the properties required to print the poster in A3 size on card.
It took a long time for the transfer to take place and I am glad it has as the poster is now on display at the University. The poster will be shown in the next blog post.
This is our YouTube video for our campaign!
As part of our campaign for student loneliness, we decided to create a forum to try and encourage students to join and tell us their stories on being lonely at university and see if we could help. The reasons for creating a forum was that it would be easy for students to use and forums are popular amongst students as shown on ‘The Student Room’ forum and thought it would be best to create one ourselves. So we conducted a simple search on Google with the words ‘create a forum’ and found a website which enabled us to create a forum for free. So we signed up and created the forum and edited the headings and took the URL generated and decided to put it on our Facebook Page, Poster and Youtube video.
The link to the forum – http://www.preventingloneliness.boards.net/
Upon reflection, we have decided not to go ahead with promoting the forum because it would be very difficult to maintain if students were to sign up. Furthermore, we have enough tools to promote our campaign and to prompt social change. The tools involved are Twitter and the hashtag (saynottostudentloneliness), a Facebook Page, two posters and a Youtube video. It is a shame that the forum will no longer be included in the campaign as it could have been a great tool for students to express themselves and seek advice from students rather than turning to counselling or a psychologist. However, it’s better to realise the problems now as opposed to when the campaign was done and realising the mistakes after.
As you know (from my previous blogs), that I created a hashtag #saynotostudentloneliness and it has had a good response. However, I would like more people to use the hashtag so I have decided to ask my friends to spread the hashtag on Twitter and try to get more people involved. I will try and use Facebook too. The YouTube video accompanying the hashtag should help create a response too.
Student Loneliness is very common at university although it may go unnoticed, as University is often associated with ‘having the time of your life’. However, some students experience the opposite and hide themselves away. You could argue that the majority of the students being surrounded by people of similar age would have plenty in common, this may not be the case as some students may feel awkward and unhappy.
Loneliness at University is common among first-year students which are not surprising as some may be leaving home as they miss their friends and family. Additionally, work patterns could change, living in a new apartment is seen as daunting. All the factors mentioned can lead to social insecurities that may lead to a lack of a confidence as the students may not know what to do or who to be.
The quote below (from University of Dundee) describes student loneliness
Loneliness resembles entering a hall of mirrors and seeing the familiar as something that’s made painful and scary. It’s also like looking at a distant table – out of reach and piled high with delicious food – and feeling that in your hunger you could quaff everything in sight, forgetting all the while that you don’t require that much to sate your appetite… when we are lonely we don’t actually need much in the way of company to banish the feeling… that’s why pets play such an important role in our lives, and yet the feeling can be so insistent that it seems like our life needs to be changed out of all recognition if we are to feel less lonely.’
I stumbled across the following points on the University of Cambridge website
Loneliness is common at university for many reasons including:
- ‘you are away from friends and family
- it may be the first time in years – maybe even since primary school – when you have had to ‘start from scratch’ making new friends
- you may be missing old friends and finding it hard to replace them – or perhaps even a bit reluctant to replace them with substitutes
- you may have high expectations of the university as a place where you will make friends for life, and be disappointed in the people you initially meet
- you may have a long distance relationship and feel torn between social life here and elsewhere
- you may be anxious about work and feel in conflict about spending time on social activities’
Student loneliness is something that occurs without anyone noticing, it is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed and noticed. Which is why I have decided to conduct a campaign on student loneliness.
Everyone needs a friend!