If you're about to become a university student, you're probably overloaded with well-meaning advice from friends and acquaintances. Do this, don't do that, make friends on the first day of college or wait to find your tribe – listening to it all can be conflicting and confusing.
Worry not! In this article, we’ve put together a list of our best tips for a great university experience, without overloading you with too much information.
Tip #1: Don’t Lose Track Of Your Academics
This is the one rule that you cannot afford to break. Your performance in college plays a crucial role in determining your future career opportunities. So, if you’ve fallen behind on academics, it’s time to set it right.
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Your work doesn't finish with submitting your assignments. You've still got to study to score well in your exams. Prepare a study schedule and stick to it. Trust us, having a regular study plan will be a massive benefit as exam season rolls around.
Tip #2: Widen Your Social Circle
University students tend to make friends from one of these three categories:
- their first-year flat mates
- people from their course
- members of their favorite club
For example, if you're studying medicine, you're likely to limit your social circle to other students enrolled in the same program. However, one of the best things about university is its incredible opportunity to meet and interact with new people and try new things. While having a close group is okay, try to meet people outside your immediate social circle. This helps widen your perspectives and provides a diverse and rewarding experience.
Tip #3: Don’t Worry If You Don’t Have The Conventional Experience
The cliched university experience we've seen in numerous Hollywood films goes something like this – lots of frat parties, eating cup noodles for every meal, ordering takeaways, lots of time spent in the library preparing for a last-minute assignment – with not much studying.
Sorry to break your bubble. The actual student experience might be entirely different from the image you have in your mind. If you've taken an intensive course with math, science, coding and other STEM subjects, you might not have time for anything else apart from completing assignments.
So, instead of panicking that you don't get to enjoy the 'typical' undergrad life, don't let it concern you too much. Instead, enjoy what you love doing – tucking up in bed at 10 pm with a book or spending time at the laboratory. It's all okay!
Tip #4: Develop A Routine & Stick To It
We get it. University feels like a much-deserved break after the intense high school years. It can feel exhilarating to do things at your whim without sticking to a schedule or a parent monitoring your activities. While it might seem like a good idea to do things without a schedule, the shine quickly wears off when you enter the second year (or even second term). Having a routine helps you stay focused without panicking at the last minute. You can even pen in downtime or free time in your routine so that you don't miss out on the fun.
Tip #5: Work Part-Time But Keep The Hours Low
Working part-time at university is indeed a rewarding experience. Whether you're waiting tables or doing some tutoring, it adds value to your resume and provides close insight into the working world. And, if you happen to land a job relevant to your future career – kudos to you, as it can add incredible value to your CV.
The other obvious advantage of a part-time job is that it provides extra cash to supplement your college student lifestyle. That said, keep the hours low, so you don't feel drained to focus on your studies. An average of 10 to 15 hours per week is a good number.