Katherine Thomas: My First Term as a Transfer

My name is Kat, I am 20 and I am currently in the weirdest situation of my life, as these last 4/5 months have been life-changing.

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Before that time, I was a second year economics student in the land of the sheep. Wales.

BAnd right up until August; I was still going back there for my final year as an undergrad. But in those months it all changed.

Over summer I suffered from severe anxiety and depression and, under doctor’s orders, decided I needed a change. So the closest parent -and-prospect-friendly way to packing it all up and moving to the seaside, was to say bye to Wales and their Rugby and move to Dorset. A place where I: celebrated my 18th birthday.

Standard first drink photo- Hot Rocks

Standard first drink photo- Hot Rocks

Became a sailing instructor

DAnd had some of the greatest summer memories.

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Hamworthy Pier +Sunset = Perfect

Hamworthy Pier +Sunset = Perfect

Been a long day out on the water.

Been a long day out on the water.

In August, the day after exam results, I spoke to my head of course here and got an offer to re-sit my second year. Before I knew it I was released from my old Uni, had a house sorted and already packing my bags for my 2nd second year!

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Moving uni was a daunting experience; I had to say goodbye suddenly to close friends, memories and battle through change- hard for a girl with Asperger’s.

Still think I am going to see them in Lectures. Class of 2015.

Still think I am going to see them in Lectures. Class of 2015.

However, the transition from uni to uni was made easier by ALS support from day 1 and planned welcome activities so I got to meet my new course-mates.

JThis term has had its ups and downs but it was definitely made easier by my amazing housemate who is my partner in crime. Shauna.

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Activities such as sailing keep me busy and I have had two amazing weekends with the team to Plymouth and London. The attitude of “only here for the social” works well for me too!

LMI have a routine back in my life, getting essays done before deadlines and focussing more. I have become more aware of my mental health- I even posted a status about Asperger’s on mental health awareness day. This would not have been possible without the help from Sarah and Jane my brilliant ALS Tutors, nor the support from my friends and family back at home.

These girlies. Proof that friendship stretches hundreds of miles.

These girlies. Proof that friendship stretches hundreds of miles.

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