Hi, it’s me again! Long time, no see.
Since I last updated this blog, I had just finished my second term of university. After weeks of stress and sleepless nights, I can happily say that I have submitted my dissertation.
It still feels weird to call myself a ‘graduate-in-waiting.’ It hasn’t sunk in that I will be graduating in four months and two days (yes, my graduation date was finally confirmed! 12th September 2017!) because I never thought I’d get to this point. It really does show that hard work pays off, doesn’t it?
Anyway, not to derive from the subject of this post too much, here’s a little handy tips from myself on how to survive three (or four) years of university:
- Don’t leave your coursework until the last minute – For the love of Britain, do not procrastinate too much. During my three years, I caused myself one too many heart palpitations as I rushed to get them done. Don’t be like me and make the same mistake!
- Go on as many night outs as you can – Now, I’m not saying go on the ‘sesh’ every single night. But definitely take advantage of night outs. I only went on two during my time as a student (thanks, commuting!) and I regret it so much! You’re only young once, have fun!
- Always have your USB stick at all times – I’ve done the silly thing where I’ve unintentionally left my USB stick at home plenty of times. It doesn’t go down well when you have assignment deadlines looming closer and you forget it when you take a trip to the library.
- Definitely make friends – Says it all. I’m happy with the friends I’ve made on my course and I hope we’ll still be friends soon after we all graduate! They know who they are.
- Grades aren’t everything – You might be thinking, “what’s he on about? Grades are extremely important!” No. I’m not saying they’re not important, and it’s something that should be prioritised, but don’t burn out all of your energy fretting over getting that 1st. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get what you wanted!
- Make every opportunity count – University is a time for personal growth. Before I started my degree, I never thought I would be published! Whatever opportunities you are offered, take them on board and let yourself thrive.
- Don’t worry about tuition fees – Honestly, they’re nothing to be too concerned about. You don’t start paying them until you’re earning over a certain amount on an annual income basis, and even after 30 years, they’re written off if they haven’t been fully paid.
- You will most definitely hate referencing – One of my least favourite things about university? Referencing. You will abhor it by the time you reach your second year. Be cautious.
- You will be a different person – University changes everyone, no matter how extroverted or introverted you are. I’ve definitely changed a lot compared to who I used to be prior to starting my course. For better, or for worse? That’s up to you to decide.
- It will be hard, but it will be worth it in the long run – No matter how stressful it gets, it will be worth it when you officially receive your degree on stage at your graduation.
Even though I haven’t received my final results, I look forward to what my degree will bring. I have never ever regretted going to university.
On that note, I wish you the best of luck with your exams and your assignments! You can do it!