Student Welfare | Lancaster International Study Centre

Student Welfare | Lancaster International Study Centre


My name is Anna Walker. I’m the Student Welfare Officer
at Lancaster International Study Centre. The academic year starts with induction day. It’s a lovely day because
everyone is on their best behaviour, really excited, very positive. To help the students settle in… I work especially with the under-18 students,
so quite a few come who are still 17 There are so many practical things
that they need to do when they first come, with their accommodation and
mobile phone contract and bank account, and all the different registrations. And then we talk a bit about the culture
shock, about what to expect in classes, how is everything going to start, how do you
settle in and start making friends. My advice would be, if you come to Britain, come with the expectation that
you’re going to blend into the culture, get to know British students
and local people in Lancaster. Make use of every opportunity
outside of class as well to start living your life in English,
because you’ve come at least for four years, foundation year plus undergraduate degree,
so it’s great to really dive in and be brave. When it comes to the end
of the academic year, all the staff are really excited finding out
which degrees the students progress to, and hoping the best for them. It’s lovely to see them back often at the ISC
on their graduation day, especially we’ve had large groups
coming to take photos and asking to see their old tutors and being
very grateful for the help they received. Then they keep coming back,
and sometimes bring some chocolate.

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