Module one: Discover your student self

Who do you want to be at UWE Bristol? For many of you this will be your first taste of independence – you'll have a new city to explore and people to meet. But this new-found independence can bring some pitfalls, so knowing who you want to be will help you figure out your own balance.

1. Watch the film

2. Take a moment to think: Who do you want to be?

Do you want to be liked? Respected? Rich? Fulfilled? What does your life after your studies look like? How does your time at UWE Bristol get you there?

Take the time to think about your own motivations and expectations. Over the coming years, there will be many opportunities to make choices that will impact on your future. And by understanding yourself, you'll be able to make the choice that gets you to being the person you want to be. 

3. Ask yourself:

  • What will you have achieved by the time you finish university? Talk this through with someone you trust and respect. Write down your five goals.
  • What are you looking forward to at university? Talk this through with someone you trust and respect. Write down five things you want to do.
  • What concerns you about university? Talk this through with someone you trust and respect. Write down five things that you're not sure of. Make some plans about how you're going to manage these worries. 

Download the handout that accompanies the module. A handy place to write down your answers.

4. Let's Talk About… Discovering your student self

Simon, Miles and Mo talk about how important it is to understand what type of student you want to be and the importance of setting realistic expectations of yourself.

Featuring: 

  • Simon Phillips, Deputy Director Student and Academic Services
  • Mubarak Mohamud (known as Mo), Lecturer, Bristol Business School
  • Miles Thompson, Lecturer, Department Of Psychology

Listen on: iTunes | Spotify | SoundCloud

Can't listen? Module one transcript available.

5. Explore more

  • Preparing for Study: Online workbook
  • Blackbullion: Now's the perfect time to get confident about your finances. Complete a free online course to help you manage your money and set a budget. Visit the website, click “Register”, then select "using an access code". Type in your name and email address and then use “uwenew” to get in and start learning.
  • Download the UWE Bristol mobile app for Apple or Android. Use it to access your timetable, emails, events, maps and more.
  • Time management skills and support

Next: Engage with your course

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