Day 2: Meeting new people
Normally you would be meeting lots of people in the first couple of weeks at the University but this year the pandemic might make it more difficult to form relationships with your peers.
Today we will look at some ways that you can meet other people and get involved in some of the many societies we have in the University. Whether you live in our Halls of Residences or in private accommodation there are lots of suggestions on this page for getting to know people.
Students who are staying in Residences will form 'households' according to Government guidance.
Check this guidance regularly as it will be subject to change, possibly at short notice.
Your flat is your household and the University does its best to make sure you're allocated with people who are of similar ages, and match any preferences you might have provided. If this isn't working out for you see the Residences web page for Guidance
Do you need to talk to someone in the University?
If you are in isolation and have no-one to talk to, look at some of the suggestions on this page for how to meet other people virtually. We realise this might be difficult for some people to do but it's important not to be alone during isolation.
There is plenty of support available to you across the University and people you can talk to about any issues you might be having.:
Find out what your campus looks like
At the moment it looks as if we will all be operating in a virtual campus or a blended learning environment for a while yet. Although you might not have the opportunity to explore campus areas for a while, you can use our virtual and 360 degrees aerial tours Around campus to see what your City Campus looks like and a list of services that are available to you.
Are you a blogger, or would like to be?
Dundee University Culture Blog has over 400 posts about cultural activity at the University to browse through. They welcome content - why not tell them about anything you are doing - drawing, writing, playing music, making things - send photos or a blog or film to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of apps that will let you meet up virtually and you will probably be used to using apps such as Zoom or Teams already.
You can use Teams through your UoD account. Some of the teaching delivery might also be through Teams so it's a good idea to become familiar with it. See this page for information on setting up and using Teams and about working and studying remotely.
If you are staying in Residences, when you accepted your offer you will have been directed to join the Facebook page for your site and for ResLife (which is the Official University of Dundee Residence Life Events and Activities - bringing students in Residences together as a Community).
If you don't use Facebook and need to contact Residences, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or your Student Support Assistant (If you are in Residences you'll find contact details on the poster in your kitchen).
Who are you?
Spending 14 days alone can be tough, but it might also have offered you some valuable time for reflection.
Just like University is a great time to meet new people, it can also be a really exciting opportunity to get to know yourself better. Why not take advantage of the first day of your self-isolation to do this quiz?
This quiz measures four different aspects of your personality and generates a personality profile based on the Myers-Briggs personality types. The quiz won't get everything right, of course, but it can act as a springboard for deeper self-reflection.
Looking for something less serious? Buzzfeed's methods are slightly less scientific, but equally entertaining!
You might be flat sharing for the first time which can also be tough - get your flatmates to do them too and compare results and maybe learn more about each other!
DUSA is the University's student union.
English for International Studies Wellbeing Community on Microsoft Teams
EIS offer a wellbeing community in Teams where you can get support or offer it to fellow International students.