WELLBEING

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At Forward, we understand student well-being to be a sustainable state characterised by predominantly positive feelings, attitudes and relationships, positive functioning and a high level of satisfaction with learning experiences. By positive functioning, we emphasise resilience as the ability to overcome and learn from one’s challenges. Research shows that well-being is positively correlated with academic performances.

Studying at Forward College will be challenging: our students will be pushed out of their comfort zones on a number of occasions as they transition from high school to University and learn autonomy, away from family in a new country, immersed in a multicultural student body. They will also be confronted with novel teaching approaches, potentially in a new language, and facing new types of collaboration such as working in teams or working on projects.

Challenges, and mistakes made tackling them, lead to teachable moments which further enhance students’ long-term well-being.

Friendship and community life

The first pillar of wellbeing is to develop meaningful relationships with their peers.

First year students start the year with a two-week induction where they work together in small groups to learn the basics of teamwork and how to share feedback and manage differences. They will also enjoy fun activities such as a cooking contest, a surfing session, yoga on the beach, and more.

Our small-group teaching and continuous teamwork also foster social connections.
These relationships are deepened in our student homes where they cohabit. Here they’ll meet new friends, share their passions and talents.

Through student clubs and associations, students also take initiative together. Be it cultural, political, sports, or something else (even just for fun), students are all expected to join a club in year one.

Personal tutoring and personal development

Each month, all students meet their personal tutor who is generally one of the teaching staff. This is the opportunity to check in on their performance but also on their morale, social integration, and development needs.

All students participate in our personal development programme. In year one, students learn how to improve their resilience; practical (time management), social (how to manage conflict) and emotional (stress management).

Every year (and twice in the first year), students get feedback from the teaching staff and fellow students on all their intelligences (academic, social, emotional, and practical). This 360° feedback is discussed during two individual coaching sessions. Strengths and development needs are discussed in a non-evaluative way to encourage our students to strategise and focus on one aspect of their skillset they’d like to improve.

Counselling

Short-term counselling is available during your first year at Forward College as you transition and adapt to the academic, personal and emotional challenges of entering university.

Students may seek Forward College counselling services for additional support to help them manage the following concerns:

  • Exam stress
  • Managing anxiety
  • Addressing study blocks and persistent procrastination
  • Other wellbeing and emotional concerns.

Where students are in need of alternative forms of therapeutic care, longer-term support or treatment for diagnosed mental health issues, Forward College can signpost students to the relevant healthcare services in Lisbon.

At Forward, we understand student well-being to be a sustainable state characterised by predominantly positive feelings, attitudes and relationships, positive functioning and a high level of satisfaction with learning experiences. By positive functioning, we emphasise resilience as the ability to overcome and learn from one’s challenges. Research shows that well-being is positively correlated with academic performances.

Studying at Forward College will be challenging: our students will be pushed out of their comfort zones on a number of occasions as they transition from high school to University and learn autonomy, away from family in a new country, immersed in a multicultural student body. They will also be confronted with novel teaching approaches, potentially in a new language, and facing new types of collaboration such as working in teams or working on projects.

Challenges, and mistakes made tackling them, lead to teachable moments which further enhance students’ long-term well-being.

Friendship and community life

The first pillar of wellbeing is to develop meaningful relationships with their peers.

First year students start the year with a two-week induction where they work together in small groups to learn the basics of teamwork and how to share feedback and manage differences. They will also enjoy fun activities such as a cooking contest, a surfing session, yoga on the beach, and more.

Our small-group teaching and continuous teamwork also foster social connections.
These relationships are deepened in our student homes where they cohabit. Here they’ll meet new friends, share their passions and talents.

Through student clubs and associations, students also take initiative together. Be it cultural, political, sports, or something else (even just for fun), students are all expected to join a club in year one.

Personal tutoring and personal development

Each month, all students meet their personal tutor who is generally one of the teaching staff. This is the opportunity to check in on their performance but also on their morale, social integration, and development needs.

All students participate in our personal development programme. In year one, students learn how to improve their resilience; practical (time management), social (how to manage conflict) and emotional (stress management).

Every year (and twice in the first year), students get feedback from the teaching staff and fellow students on all their intelligences (academic, social, emotional, and practical). This 360° feedback is discussed during two individual coaching sessions. Strengths and development needs are discussed in a non-evaluative way to encourage our students to strategise and focus on one aspect of their skillset they’d like to improve.

Counselling

Short-term counselling is available during your first year at Forward College as you transition and adapt to the academic, personal and emotional challenges of entering university.

Students may seek Forward College counselling services for additional support to help them manage the following concerns:

  • Exam stress
  • Managing anxiety
  • Addressing study blocks and persistent procrastination
  • Other wellbeing and emotional concerns.

Where students are in need of alternative forms of therapeutic care, longer-term support or treatment for diagnosed mental health issues, Forward College can signpost students to the relevant healthcare services in Lisbon.

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