Super excited about your lectures? Have lots of questions to ask? Can’t wait to start your formative essays? Nope, me neither. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the course you’ve picked isn’t right for you. Despite that, what should you do if you are concerned?
Firstly, ask yourself if there is anything specific making you feel this way; perhaps you’re just homesick, have committed yourself to too many societies and are feeling stretched or perhaps you’ve realised the course you’re studying has absolutely nothing to do with the career you envisioned for yourself. Any ideas you have will be crucial to determining how serious an action needs to be taken.
If you don’t think you can work through the issues or you’re coming up with blanks then it might be time to see your personal tutor. That is what they’re there for after all. Having a meeting with your personal tutor will help you get your feelings out in the open, if nothing else, it also means you now know there is someone in the department looking out for you. In my case talking to my personal tutor opened a gateway because he proactively followed up via email and in person when he saw me around to see how I was getting on and helped me to make a decision later on.
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your tutor or you’ve already tried this and aren’t getting anywhere then it may be time to go to student support. They can help pinpoint the factors outside of your study that may be having an indirect impact. If you feel the need to, you can then start counselling sessions or look at joining one of their many support groups, which can help make you find reassurance in the course you picked and change your mind about it.
On the other hand, you may discover that you simply needed to rethink your module options because it is only one or two modules causing this conflict. If you do decide, however, that it is the entire course then the options open to you will depend on which year of study you are in and what you’d like to do instead. The further into your study you find yourself unhappy, the harder it will be to switch courses, but it is still not impossible. It is more likely you’ll be able to switch course if the subjects are related but for clear advice on this you will have to talk to your school directly.
If you still find yourself troubled and have established that the course is not the problem because you’re unmotivated or it’s all just too much and you need a break, I would highly recommend contacting student support. Be honest about how you feel as there are far more options than assumed and a lot can be done. Nobody wants you to fail, especially the University.