Here’s the thing: choosing to go to a smaller university has its pros and cons. A pro for going to QMU is that lecturers will most likely know you by name rather than a number like the larger unis. This also means that most time lecturers are happy to answer your questions when appropriate. A few of our lecturers used to say: “if you don’t understand something, I’ll explain again. If after that you still don’t understand I will help you understand.” We are not saying that all lecturers are going to have the same energy, but you must speak up instead of suffering in silence. Lecturers want you to succeed and from experience they are happy to help.
Speaking of needing help or advice on your mental wellbeing while at uni, QMU has a great counselling service. As a student at QMU you’re welcome to have sessions with a counsellor who can work through some of the issues you’re experiencing while studying. The counsellors are the only people who will listen to you and instead of saying “you are bit much”, they will ask follow-up questions and ask about your feelings towards a situation. That’s a good enough reason to give it a try if you are struggling. Also, a word of advice that I wish I knew sooner: you can cry in counselling. You don’t have to; we all feel our feelings differently but if you have tears let them free. Try talking, have a good cry, work on your situation and you’ll be okay.