Status: 1st year Biology student
Accommodation: Own home
Family: 1 sister, 1 brother
- Doing a degree after many years of putting her career/educational aspirations on back burner
- Experiencing difficulties with partner
- Feels distanced from most of her peers
- Feels guilty
- Feels very low
Deborah is halfway through her first year and wonders whether she has made the
right decision in doing a degree.
Deborah is doing well academically and feels she can cope with the course. However, she is finding it almost impossible to juggle all the expectations her family has of her.
Deborah has had a series of jobs but seemed better able to manage the jobs and demands of home life. But now she also has to do coursework most evenings and often at the weekend.
This has also affected her relationship with her partner who encouraged her to do the degree and is good at sharing home tasks but is jealous about the lack of attention he is getting.
Deborah says she is pulled in a number of directions, and feels guilty and depressed.
- Contact Student Health & Well-Being to talk through the situation confidentially with a Counsellor.
- Contact her GP to discuss the depression she is experiencing.
- Contact Relate to arrange an appointment for herself and her partner.
- Contact SU AWARE centre to see if there are any support groups for mature students.
- Contact the SU AWARE Centre
- Call Relate for an appointment
- Contact the Student Health & Well-Being
- Contact the University Medical Centre