Research Proposal – Health services at UOW

Our health is obviously a very important aspect that needs to be constantly addressed. However, being at University can sometimes mean that we at times push our health to the side in order to achieve what we have to achieve. Whether it be staying up late to finish readings or assessments, saying no to that Wednesday afternoon bike ride or even skipping lunch because we simply have no time between lectures.

Sometimes we can feel pushed to the point of insanity. I don’t want to speak for everyone but I’m pretty sure university quite easily invites quite a lot of stress into our lives if we aren’t careful.

Stress is a natural feeling, which is designed to help us cope in challenging situations. It is good, but only in small amounts as it pushes you to work hard and do your best. However, when stress gets the better of us, it can be very detrimental to our health and cause quite a lot of problems. These problems can include anxiety, depression, sleeping problems and overall irritability, which can quite massively affect the way you perform both in university life and even your social personal life. I have been a victim of too much stress, specifically during the last few years of high school. During then I was very unhealthy and had quite a few problems arousing because of stress, one being the unfortunate reoccurrence to pass out quite frequently.

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Because of this I find this topic quite interesting, and I would like to propose looking at the types of health services that the University of Wollongong provides in order to conquer or manage these issues and how likely students are to use these services that are provided. I think this top will be very interesting to look at, and in turn highlight how students manage their health and feelings when under pressure.

UOW wellbeing is a student amenities fee which is a funded initiative. It aims to build the capacity of students to be proactive in managing their health and wellbeing during their degree and beyond. This program is built to be able to be accessed in three important ways; in the center, out on campus and online. These services give students accessible resources and information that will maximise their university experience. In doing this it allows for a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing for students instead of a fragmented service. uow211728

 

At first glance of the UOW support and wellbeing page, it’s quite clear that the university 23190155334_007a51810a_o.jpghas a range of activities that are provided to students in order to improve their wellbeing. Whether it be counselling programs, disability programs or even workshops. This is a great start in helping individuals deal with stress or even personal matters that could make studying at university ten times harder. However, the question is, do students actually use these services, or are they taken for granted. Its great and all to see these programs being run, but how many student turn up frequently to these workshops to de-stress and relax?

For this project I plan on on using questionnaires as a method in finding information out about my chosen topic. These questionnaires will consist of recording responses to a range of open and closed questions, by asking a range of different questions I will gain insight on peoples attitudes, opinions and ideas towards my research project. The questionnaires that I will be creating will mainly be done through a survey sight like ‘survey monkey’. In using this site as my platform it will make it easier for my questions to be reached to a wider UOW student audience and in turn generate more answers to my questions, rather then a physical form questionnaire which is limited to the amount you can pass out.

I would also like to talk to the people at the wellbeing center in order to find out an estimate on how many people turn up to these events that they hold. I think it would be interesting to find out and the information that I get back will be reliable as they take part in these workshops, and have first hand information available for me to discover.

I believe doing this research will show if these workshops are effective with university students and in turn could help the university find out what they could do to improve their responses to students feeling stressed, anxious and depressed. It could also gain awareness of the available programs for students which could boost their recognition.

 


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Learning to be Curious

Curiosity can ultimately be defined as a strong desire to learn or know something. But personally, I would define it as a journey of discovery.

In my lifetime I have had multiple times where curiosity has lead me to discovering or learning new things. I guess my sense of curiosity can be seen through the amounts of time I spend on Netflix pressing ‘next’ to watch the next episode of my favourite T.V show so I can see what happens next (yes, I know it’s very typical), or even what sent me to the other side of the world for three weeks practically by myself or even what lead me to being electrocuted when I was fixing a lamp (yep, pretty stupid way of finding out not to touch power points).

But my greatest exposure to curiosity would be through my nine year old sister Skye. I have had the privilege to see her grow up and develop into the young girl that she is today. And over these nine years have seen plenty of moments where curiosity has captured her and lead her on a journey of understanding, whether it be good or bad.

One event that has stuck with me about her being curious would have to be the day she learnt about the solar system. After finding out about it all that day at school, she decided that she knew all about it and just had to teach us all that she learnt. She did this by creating a keynote on the computer and using the internet (which is crazy, like how does she know how to use the computer!). Each slide included a planet and some form of information she had found on the internet about it next to it (mind you most of the information was copied and pasted). And after she had finished her keynote about the planets in the solar system and all the information she could find about the stars she presented it to all of us, her face practically beaming as she showed us all the work she had done.

Curiosity can be a powerful thing, something that could either turn out to be absolutely amazing or something not so good. Ultimately people can help you feel curious about things, and in this case my little sister was the one who did this for me. I’m grateful, because without her I wouldn’t be as curious about my surroundings as I should be, and wouldn’t be asking ‘why’ all the time. So I’ll leave you all with a good quote that I found that I think pretty much sums up this whole post!

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Have a great day guys!