by Oriel College Supporters
Hope is a powerful thing, but it can sometimes be hard to come by, especially in a university where there is so much going on so much of the time. In the midst of it all, when you need a break and a chat, the college’s Peer Supporters are here to help. We’ve had too many introductions to the freshers already, but we wanted to take the chance to introduce ourselves to the rest of the college as well.
We are a group of students who have been trained by the counselling service to be better able to listen to your concerns (no matter how big or small). We are also able to point you in the right direction if you ever need some help in figuring out which services and support structures are available around the university.
In the lodge, you will also find a poster introducing the JCR Peer Supporters in a little more detail. It includes some of the things we have enjoyed about our time at Oriel so far, as well as some things that we have struggled with.
For example, the friendliness of the people, and the range of opportunities around Oriel (e.g. The Poor Print) are some of the best parts of our experience.
But, we are well aware of the work, the homesickness, and the fact that being surrounded by Oxford is as daunting as it is exciting.
That is to say, whatever you want to talk about, there will be someone who can relate, and the Peer Supporters are here to listen. All of us are equally trained, from JCR to MCR, and we are spread around college, both on main site, and JMH.
Whatever you want talk about, just drop us a message!