Change is In the Air | Sponsored by Global Church

Change is In the Air | Sponsored by Global Church

Moving to a brand new city and starting university has to be one of the most exciting, significant and perhaps even scary moments of your life so far. And what a year it has been, full of uncertainty, not to mention unprecedented use of the word unprecedented and more.

With so much happening this year, we wanted to pull together some thoughts on the thing that might just be the greatest constant over the next few months - and that is change itself. Your ability to navigate transition and roll with the season might just be a key factor to making the most of your time at university.

Here are our essential keys to navigating change.


1) Focus on what you can control (not what you can’t)

When change happens around us, it often gives us a sense of not being in control. The lecture gets cancelled at the last minute or COVID-19 guidelines restricts your ability to socialise. As frustrating as this can be, our instinct is often to be drawn to the external which lies outside of our control.

Instead, start to think about what you do have control over. You might not be able to change everything in your favour but you can control your response to what’s happening around you.

Your attitude and your mentality is within your control. Focusing on what you can change creates a positive mental loop that leads to practical solutions and a better sense of wellbeing overall.


2) Celebrate the old but not at the expense of the new

Moving away from home can have all sorts of emotional reactions. In particular the sense of nostalgia and missing old friends and haunts can affect us all. But don’t let that stop you from creating new friendship groups and getting to know a brand new city. Avoid the temptation to visit the family home every weekend and instead put some roots down with the people around you who may well just turn out to become your next best mates. You’ll never know unless you put yourself out there.


3) Take the pressure off to be perfect

It’s a brand new season and you’d be surprised how much mental energy is required to do new things. It takes time to get to know the local hotspots and to find your daily rhythms. Even being productive takes time. Give yourself grace for the season of settling in and you’ll find yourself enjoying uni life much more.


4) Find your new local rhythm

There’s so much to explore in the city of York, complete with new surroundings to get used to. Why not head out for a walk from time to time to get to know your locality. Every city has a different feel and this one is no different. Enjoy your time here!

We’ve put together a cheeky little guide to what we think are the seven greatest wonders of the city of York. From artisan coffee to gorgeous gardens and indie cocktails - you’ll find everything you need to know about settling into this fine city in this handy little PDF guide. It’s called THE HIDDEN GEMS OF YORK.

Why not download it for free at


We hope you enjoy your time in York! Make yourself at home.

The Global Church team x