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Together instead of alone

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This page was created on the initiative of student employees and social workers in their year of recognition at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (ZLL).

You are welcome to send us your questions and suggestions at gemeinsamstatteinsam@uni-bielefeld.de.

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Finding other students and groups

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We at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (ZLL) are acutely aware of how the pandemic is affecting students. Lately, your studies as well as your contact with others have changed and exchanging with fellow students has taken on a different form or perhaps has not really taken place at all. We, the student employees of the ZLL, would like to encourage you to (again) get in touch with your fellow students and to reconnect what belongs together. True to the motto "Together instead of alone", we have collected various possibilities for students to come together with others as well as tips for you to bring more closeness into these distanced times.


Learning together

Are you looking for fellow students to study with or to exchange ideas on online teaching and learning? Then Peer Learning is the right place for you!

Not all beginnings need to be difficult! The page "Start your studies" provides valuable information on starting your studies as well as on peer mentoring for first-year students. Many faculties offer this format to help first-year students with their orientation and arrival at the university during the pandemic. Peer mentors (students from higher semesters) are available for answering your questions about everyday life at the university.

The Lernpartner*innenbörse works as a kind of notice board where you can post requests to find other students with similar interests. You can connect with study partners for exam preparation, set up writing and study groups or even find students with whom you share a hobby (such as the univerity’s sports programme).

Every three weeks, we meet on Monday mornings to start the week together with motivation. Each meeting begins with a short input on aspects of learning or self-organisation and afterwards everyone has the opportunity to exchange ideas with others, share their plans for the upcoming week or celebrate their successes of the previous week.

Registration in the LenraumPlus "Peer Learning Online”

Studying digitally is different. Often, there is no space for exchanging with other students, and it is difficult to meet new people. Every last Friday of the month, we offer students an opportunity to talk about the challenges of studying, share experiences and learn with and from each other in an appreciative atmosphere. Regardless if you have just started your studies or are about to graduate – everyone is welcome!

No registration needed. Login data can be found in the LernraumPlus "Peer Learning Online”

You can watch the video “In Kontakt kommen” and can also have a look at this handout on the same topic. Helpful tips and offers can also be found on the Peer Learning homepage.

You have trouble concentrating and sometimes get distracted. You would like to have an exchange with fellow students and focused learning together. You speak German and / or English. Then you are exactly right with us. We are an international learning group that meets weekly to learn together. You can bring your own learning material with you and set your goals yourself. We support each other in achieving them. If you like, we can also do concentration exercises together. We are happy to see new and familiar faces. You can reach us via: lmeyer31@uni-bielefeld.de or sarah.stephan@uni-bielefeld.de.


Spending free time together

You would like to meet new people, enjoy online game nights, do sports together or get involved in politics? In the following section you can find information on different departmental student representative committees, student groups and the university’s sports programme.

On this overview page, you will find contact details and offers of the various departmental student representative committees. Feel free to contact them directly, as there are often (informal) groups, chats and exchange platforms.

Working out together can also bring people closer: Check out "O" for "Online courses" on the website of the university’s sports programme.

Student groups

The Student union (or AStA for short) can be your first point of contact for many questions. The AStA and it's numerous services offered by the student cummunity help you and other students to find your way through the jungle of administration and applications, advise you on financial and social problems and represent your interests towards the university and its structures.

The AStA pool on the main building's gallery (room C1-154) is one of the first points of contact for many diverse concerns, questions or problems. AStA offers you help and support in standing up for your concerns to lecturers, rectorate, administration and the public. In perspective - depending on the Corona situation - the pool is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during the lecture-free period from Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

The AStA helps

 

  • with questions and problems concerning your studies, e.g. problems with lecturers
  • problems with the administration or the examination offices
  • short- or long-term problems regarding financing your studies
  • if you need support and are not sure who can help you
  • finding your way around the university and its various structures
  • if you want to get involved yourself with an idea and/or become active in university politics

Mail: info@asta-bielefeld.de

Homepage: asta-bielefeld.de

International Autonomous Feminist Unit for WomenLesbianTrans - Feminist Unit - Short: Fem*Ref

Who are we, what do we do? We, the feminist unit, work on different feminist, women's political and queer issues. By this we mean, among other things, confronting patriarchal structures and our own position within them. We also focus on the topics of sexual and reproductive self-determination, anti-sexism, anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-classism, homophobia, etc. Our topics also include emancipatory international movements and struggles, remembrance of the victims of the NS regime and feminist positions in art and culture.

Where can you find us? Uni: AStA Gallery and Online: https://femrefbi.wordpress.com/

What? Due to the current situation, we unfortunately cannot offer regular opening hours at the moment.

Our room at the AStA Gallery includes a library (DVDs, books, magazines) you can browse through and can also borrow items from. At the moment we are rearranging it a bit, so it might be a little chaotic, but just write us an email if you want to borrow something. If you have ideas for events on feminist issues and need organisational support, feel free to contact us.

We are also available if you want to talk about discriminatory experiences. But we are not professional counsellors. Instead, we offer a sympathetic ear and support if you need it.

Contact: femref-bielefeld@posteo.de

The International Student Council (ISR) is an independent international student representative body at Bielefeld University. ISR works with university administration and AStA, advocating for interests and needs of international students.

Our aims are:

  • Endorsing an environment conducive to the educational and personal development of international students. Advocacy for concerns and interest of international students.
  • Providing a platform for cross-culture interaction
  • Facilitating network building among international students

What we do (Unfortunately due to the current situation events are taking place online, but hopefully we will be back in person soon).

  • Representing the voice of international students at all level in the university’s decision-making process.
  • Counselling for educational and personal concerns.
  • Organising international student parties
  • Movie nights
  • Trips
  • Help with finding accommodation etc.

For more information please visit our website: http://isr-uni-bielefeld.de/

You can also find us on Facebook.

We at the RSB offer counselling in the form of peer counselling

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What is it and what differences are there to other forms of counselling?

  • Peer counselling is a concept where affected persons advise other affected persons. We at the RSB all have disabilities/chronic illnesses and study experience at Bielefeld University.

  • "Peers" have shared life experiences which therefore enable them to exchange with each other in an atmosphere of trust and openness. For many, there is a difference between someone who can relate to you from personal experience and someone who only knows about a topic in theory. This is often crucial, because counselling with people who are also affected is an encounter at eye level which helps to dissolve power imbalances.

  • We offer independent, partisan advice. Our aim is to support disabled/chronically ill students in exercising their rights regarding disadvantage compensation, aids, study assistance and other options. We cannot offer individual legally binding advice, but we can help by pointing out ways to obtain the necessary support.

  • Students with disabilities are in a particular situation which can be made even more difficult by the fact that some disabilities are invisible, hard for others to understand or are stigmatised. This often prevents affected students from openly addressing obstacles and limitations they experience regarding their studies. As a result, often a lot of time passed until an affected student will seek counselling or will not seek it at all and thus will not learn about possible disadvantage compensation or other assistance. Students may drop out of their studies even though they are fundamentally cable of completing their studies. In our offered counselling, we take a look at available support options for students with disabilities/chronic illnesses. It is important for us to recognise every affected student’s individual needs and to not simply present blanket concepts.

For further information, e.g. on compensation for disadvantages, BAFöG extension, internal and external support at uni, Covid-19 information, tips (field reports, podcasts), please visit our website: https://www.rsb-bielefeld.de/

In addition, we also offer webinars, readings, lectures, etc.

 

Preview

We are planning a seminar on mindfulness that will be taking place during the lecture-free period. More details will be available on our website.

At the moment we can only be contacted by mail:

rsb@asta-bielefeld.de

You can now also find us on Facebook and Instagram @rsb8110

... and soon hopefully in person again in our office in C1-186

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Questioning things together instead of falling into despair

Are you unsure whether studying in general or your specific field of study is the right choice for you? Maybe you are even thinking about changing your field of study or dropping out? Here you can find counselling opportunities, workshops and lectures on these topics as well as ways to connect with like-minded people.

You can find all important contact details and information on available options regarding study doubts and dropping out of Bielefeld University on this overview page.

The Career Service calendar provides an overview of regular workshops, networking meetings and theme days on the topics of study doubts and decision-making. You can register for events via the Career Service Portal.

Here you can watch numerous videos and blog entries on the topics of study doubts and dropping out.


Getting ready for the future together

You do not know what to do after graduation? Are you looking for contact with other like-minded students to exchange ideas about your future plans? Here you will find offers that will prepare and support you for your future after your graduation.

This Peer-to-Peer-Coaching group for international students gives the opportunity to network and support, with other "like-minded" students, the various demands of everyday work life and the search for a job.

Together, you will meet other English speaking students. Exchange, discuss and learn from others experiences. In cooperation with the Career Service you will receive information on how to write an application, learn about their rights of residence, focusing on working during and after their studies and learn new tools for your job search. All in a safe and confidential environment.

Details on the events in the winter semester 2021/2022


Being there for each other

Are you feeling burdened by these difficult times and/or are looking for fellow students for mutual support? The Corona self-help group, the psychological counselling of the ZSB, the university group LiLi Goes Mental and other useful resources are here to help.

Are you looking for points of contact and input on the topics of stress, exam anxiety and mental health? Then the university group "LiLiGoesMental" is the right place for you. The group is pursuing the goals of destigmatising and raising awareness of mental health topics. You can read articles on death, illness, "My path to therapy", "Around the university", "stay@home" and "LiLiGoes(instru)Mental" on our blog.

Are you looking for support, contact points and emergency numbers in the city of Bielefeld? You can also find these there, including cross-references for different demographic groups such as addiction counselling, support offers for people affected by abuse and (sexual) violence and LGBTQIA+ counselling.

Are you a student with writer's block or want to spice up your free time? LiLiGoesMental offers information on writing and learning techniques as well as on ways to have fun in your free time.

You can also find us on Instagram @liligoesmental

If you are having difficulties with making and upholding connections with others, the psychological counselling service of the ZSB offers help.

You can find the parent-child group of the family service here, where you can meet other parents and children and exchange ideas. For further questions on the topic of family, you can find the family service's advisory service here.

  • Here you can find help on how to deal with pandemic-related crisis situations, compiled by the ZSB.
  • On the Lili Goes Mental website you can find events surrounding the topic of mental health.
  • Bielefeld University also offers its students free access to the meditation app 7Mind where you can find mindfulness exercises on the topics of "learning stress", "exam anxiety" and "stress-free studying".

Dear students,

We are the "Student Self-Help Group" and we'd like to introduce ourselves to you: The Student Self-Help Group initially started as "Corona Self-Help Group" with the intention to be a contact point for all who suffer from lockdowns, distance learning and other problems caused by the pandemic. However, quickly we realized our participants to have a desire to talk about topics only partially or rather not at all connected to the pandemic anymore. Thus, we decided to change the name to "Student Self-Help Group" and since then be open to all kinds of topics, including general psychological stress/diseases, family or peer issues as well as study-problems and anything else you might want to address in this group.

In addtion to this, we want to collectively assist each other in practical matters as well, such as searching for a therapy place, organizing when moving (to another address), free-time activities, organizing your studies etc.

Anyone currently enrolled at Bielefeld University is welcome to join. We'd love to welcome you!

The 1-hours-meetings currently take place weekly via zoom.

If you'd like to join this group, wish for more information or seek support for setting up a self-help group yourself, you are welcome to contact karl.waeschle@uni-bielefeld.de.


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