18 things to do in 45 days - Preparing for student life!
Queen's University was founded in 1845. Our challenge sets out a number of activities you can engage in to help re-familiarise yourself with Queen's.
Get ready for Semester 1 in a fun and easy way!
Engage any time from 6 August onwards. The challenge is flexible, so you can begin, pause, and go back whenever suits you!
6. Study Spaces
Find a comfortable study space which works for you
Make sure you know how to use the facilities to get the most out of your time in-between classes and studying. At the McClay Library, these include quiet spaces, access to journals, special collections, and the famous C.S. Lewis Reading Room.
Check out this video tour on how to make the best use of your Library!
If you are a Postgraduate Student, the Graduate School has beautiful space for you to study. Set in the stunning former Lynn Library, this is the perfect setting for you to expand your ideas!
Planning for Your Health & Wellbeing is an Important Step
Are you registered with a GP (General Pracitioner) in Belfast? When you arrive or return to Belfast, having a GP in the local area is going to be important.
Check out our guide on registering with a local GP here.
Did you know that you can also book a FREE COVID-19 Test at Queen’s?
It’s possible to be positive with COVID-19 but not be aware of it. By taking a test when you don’t have symptoms, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.
Join a dance class, get involved in online classes, and try something new!
Being active is one of the “Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing”. Even a single bout of exercise or physical activity of less than ten minutes can improve your mood, and is a great way to stay healthy.
We are challenging you to try a new way to be active today!
Not sure where to start? Check out some great online workouts that can be found on the Queen’s Sport YouTube channel, including workouts such as Pilates, Yoga, and HIIT (High Interval Intensity Training) videos.
10. Love Learning
“Keep Learning” is one of the Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing!
Alongside your academic studies, increasing your knowledge and learning something new for pure enjoyment can really help with emotional wellbeing, and the possibilities are endless!
Check out our WOW Events programme for one-off taster events, like learning to crochet, take part in art sessions, and lots more!
Explore our creative side by joining a drama group, unlock your music potential by joining a choir, or check out the Students’ Union’s Clubs & Societies for ideas – they aren’t just for undergraduate students – and there’s even a Wine and Cheese Society!
Events can be a great way to make new friends, meet new people, or just spend some time away from studying.
You may not have had much opportunity so far to attend anything other than virtual events.
As restrictions lift, more face-to-face and in-person events will be happening and Clubs & Societies may be starting to host more in-person events!
Re-visit any plans to get involved in events that were previously on hold. It’s still not too late to sign up this year!
16. Your Wellbeing
Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health
Already registered with Disability Services, but changing your course, or need your ISSA reviewed? Don’t hesitate to contact Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a review of your supports.
Feeling anxious about resuming studies in September, or settling in again after a break?
Contact the Student Wellbeing Service to discuss your concerns.
17. Offers & Options
Is there anything more satisfying than securing a bargain on that treat you've been wishing for?!
Was there something you wanted to explore or check out but just haven’t got around to it yet?
University services such as the Learning Development Service aren’t just for Level 1 students, and there are a whole range of dedicated services and offerings for Postgraduate students too!
Now could be the perfect time to do some research hunting and buying technology to support your studies.