• Olivia Halsall

Advice on how to excel this 2021-22 academic year.

Updated: Jan 3

It is true that you can never know what the future may hold. While embracing uncertainty and being able to adapt to novel and unique circumstances is a skill set that cannot be crafted overnight, it is, nonetheless, of paramount importance for future generations.

When starting a new academic year, it is normal for students to be feeling anxious about a plethora of issues, namely: how and whether they will be able to make new friends, whether the content will be too challenging (or indeed challenging enough), looming examinations, new housing, and lodging arrangements, and the ongoing precarity of Covid. The list goes on.

However, the one thing that students can exert control over is how well they look after themselves. Having witnessed first-hand the chaos the past 18 months has inflicted both from a student and educator perspective, it is clear that in order to thrive, we need to prioritise our health and wellbeing above all.

I would suggest to students reading this article to pick one realistic goal from each section that you can achieve each week. Each OLEA Education MABS (Mind, Academics, Body and Social) wellbeing habit has six different suggestions, so have a play around with them and see which one suits you best!

From a psychological point of view (read more here), habits are fascinating. Indeed, cementing habits into our lives is achieved through a process of: cue, craving, response and reward. One popular method (among many) is the 21/90 rule, whereby after consistently committing to a personal goal for 21 days, it becomes a habit and you can continue to enact this personal goal for another 90 days.

So, starting with just one of the OLEA Education MABS wellbeing habits on the first day of term could see you enacting this daily and effortlessly by Christmas time.

At OLEA Education, student wellbeing and personal development are at the heart of what we do. Reinforcing mindfulness, wellbeing and a smart approach to studying is how we are able to see such strong and steady results in our students' English skills.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ” – Oscar Wilde
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott

To finish, here are some quotes that we at OLEA Education find especially inspiring when it comes to personal wellness and development. Write them down, say them out loud, and integrate them into your lives. To all our students and prospective students, good luck for this new academic year!

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