University is often the first chance to live independently.
While it is common to hear people say that high school will be the best years of your life. I for one think that, you can make your student years in university even better.
Here’s how to get the most out of your university experience:
- Take a proactive learning in your role
This maybe an obvious point, but we students have a tendency to forget the importance of learning during our university years.
During your university years, you have the chance to taste-test different programmes, learn from experts in diverse fields and explore your passion to tailor your academic and career paths.
So keep track of your deadlines, don’t start that paper at 3am the day it is due; attend classes regularly, and take a proactive role in your education.
- Get engaged
Despite what you may think, university isn’t just about hitting the books. Spare yourself time to enrich your student life by getting involved outside the lecture room.
To make the most out of student life, don’t be afraid to push your comfort zone, try new things and meet new people.
For instance, do you enjoy music? Consider becoming a member of your university’s band or choir.
- Go abroad
This isn’t just about getting the chance to go on a glorified vacation- you can apply to gain experience through an international internship, go on exchange to take a course at a foreign university, learn a new language and so on…
All these can make your professional portfolio more competitive in an increasingly global job hunt.
- Take care of your body
Just like point 1, this is also an obvious tip and also one that we tend to give low priority. Sleep well, exercise and eat healthy.
The bottom line is that you can’t do something well if you’re half-asleep, feeling sluggish or working on an empty stomach.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you ever feel overworked, stressed or just in need of advice or a friendly ear, your university likely has excess of resources on campus.
Mental health issues in particular are becoming increasingly prominent among students, and nobody should feel afraid to speak up about them.
For many students, university is the first time they’ve moved away from their parents. That means nobody is going to tell you to wake up on time for class or do your reading. You’re independently on your own!
It can be challenging to manage things on your own but also exciting to figure out who you are and what you want to be.