As a recent uni graduate, it can be both rewarding and frustrating to look back at my time as a student and reflect on what I have learned and could have done differently, especially at the beginning of my studies.
Starting life as a student is a very exciting time of life, but it can also be very intimidating.
In hindsight, I wish I had gotten some advice prior to going into this new environment.
With that in mind, here are some helpful pieces of advice I wish I’d known before starting my university experience.
Not showing up to class in high school might seem cool to some but university is a whole different ball game.
The work load is much more demanding, and requires a lot of effort if you want to achieve a top grade, so making sure you attend every lecture and seminar is absolutely imperative.
Remember, this is your degree and your future, your university teachers aren’t there to force you to do anything – it’s on you now.
Explore your campus
One mistake I have seen many students (including myself) make is not bothering to explore their campus.
Most uni campuses include fantastic resources and facilities, so it seems a waste to not take advantage of everything while you’re enrolled.
Although the idea of combining both work and extra curriculum activities might seem overwhelming, it’s actually one of the best aspects of university life.
The freedom of being a student allows for you to take part in university bands, sports teams or societies and taking part in groups such as these will only enhance your social circle while at uni.
Being more active in your spare time can also significantly increase your attractiveness to employers when you’re applying for graduate positions, so it’s definitely something to consider.
Making the effort to be social while at…