Lost in Transition - 2021-2022

This training is especially designed by WUR for its international students.

Learn how to cope with loneliness, homesickness and educational shock studying in Wageningen.

Arriving to a new place can be challenging. Specially at the beginning, it’s sometimes difficult to meet people and create meaningful connections. You might also experience that you are missing your home, family and friends more than you expected. There is a new environment, for some students even a new culture, full of hope and excitement but also with uncertainty and challenges both in the social and the academic field. You might experience this no matter at which point you are in your studies.

Organised by Student Training & Support

Mon 20 September 2021 18:30 to 20:30

Duration Monday 20,27 September, 4,11 october from 18:30 - 20:30h
Venue Wageningen Campus, soon to be determined
Price description Free

In this workshop you will learn how to cope with loneliness, homesickness and educational shock -the difficulties that you might notice when you come to study in a very different system than the one you are used to. For that purpose, we will experience how Mindfulness practice and techniques help us be to be anchored in the present moment, reflecting about our values in life, learning a different way to relate with feelings of loneliness and homesickness, and safely expressing and sharing our difficulties.

Regardless of where you are from, this is a workshop for you if you are feeling lonely, homesick or experiencing educational shock and want to find some tools that can help you look at your experience with alternative lenses, be more present -also during difficult times- and re-connect with what is important for you in life while you are studying in Wageningen.

This workshop has 4 sessions. In each, we will explore a different topic, and practice different exercises.
-      Session 1: Loneliness
-      Session 2: Homesickness
-      Session 3: Educational shock
-      Session 4: A mindful way of living everyday life

Between sessions, you will have to write a short reflection about the topics we will be exploring. In order to promote and preserve a safe space for all, commitment to all the sessions is necessary.

Key words: loneliness, homesickness, educational shock, Mindfulness, values

Group size: max 12 students
Course duration: 4 sessions of 2 hours