Most of you have exams coming up at the beginning of the trimester, and we wish you the best of luck. We know most of you can’t wait to get back into the swing of things, and we can’t wait to have you back fresh faced ready for 2019.

However, not all students share the same experience. It’s okay to feel like you’ve not had the best time, and if you feel this is the case for you, we’ve got you covered. Try not to worry! We want to make sure you have all the information you need to carry on your next trimester on a high.

We have created the Winter Break booklet. It’s a great place to find more information about University Services that can help you, and find out the most important contacts for you to get in touch with. The short write ups are taken from the Winter Break booklet, and are tailored especially for you.

There may be a simple solution for what’s getting you down. We will be doing some short write up pieces from various services at The University were they will be advising you on what to do next if you haven’t had a great start. Whether you’re experiencing financial difficulty, or you haven’t been getting along with your housemates, have a read of the upcoming articles before you make any decisions.

The first installment will be from Andy Costigan, the President of Welfare and Community at the Hull University Union.

“Christmas 2015, there’s a knock on the door at my house on Cranbrook Avenue. It’s two carollers, both women, and they sing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ without music or talent. They are but the latest in a string of knocks on my door, and I’m preparing for January exams before I pop home for the ‘week off’.

I’m scrolling through Facebook during the holiday, and a dank meme pops up on my newsfeed. I tag my friend. They don’t respond. They haven’t talked to me since I misplaced their pesto and finished off the almond milk. I’m overthinking things – becoming worried, before I realise they’re just with their family. Above all else, it’s becoming easy to feel a bit overwhelmed.

Holidays are a difficult time for many reasons – particularly if your first trimester hasn’t been what you expected. If you’re worried because it’s already Christmas and you haven’t had ‘the university experience’ yet, don’t worry: you’ve got the rest of your time here. If you’re hearing from others about experiences they had, and you weren’t involved, then don’t worry. You’re comparing their (let’s be honest: exaggerated) highlights to your behind the scenes. Join a society that takes your fancy or try a ‘Give it a Go’ activity offered by the students’ union.

This guide is created to help you return after the winter break and was developed with you in mind.”

Andy Costigan President of Welfare and Community, Hull University Union.

Look out for future entries from The ResLife Team, Health and Wellbeing Team, Student Engagement and Transition and the Finance Support Team.