What nobody told me before I started university!

  •        You will not have everything figured out.

Yup, I said it. After your senior year of high school, you are advised by many to have your       future‘mapped out’- Start school, complete degree in a maximum of five years, get involved in      extracurricular activities; the well-rounded student dream.

Relax, you don’t have to have it all together, however, knowing what you want to accomplish is very important as it directs your path. Stressing about every little thing can cause you to not enjoy the journey. Take it easy and try to do your best each day

  •     You will not enjoy every class.

    When I first sat down in a class needed as a prerequisite for my degree courses, I found that I hated the lecture. They were long, boring and had way too many people. I freaked out because it was my first semester. I began asking questions such as: Isn’t this what my job will be like? Why don’t I like it? How am I going to perform on my finals?

   Note: Re-evaluate your reason for not liking certain classes. It may be the teaching style, it may also be the size of the class that is affecting you. Take your learning outside of the lecture theatre, Youtube is a great place, as are many other sites from which you can gain knowledge, like wordcot, academia.com etc.

  •    Study groups are not for everyone

I remember my tour of the campus my first year, boy oh boy, there was so much talk about study groups and study partners. I tried and failed, for some reason I find that I am more productive by myself. When I study alone, I can talk to myself (I’m not crazy), sometimes I need to take naps, I eat blah blah.

It is just important to know what works for you. If you get bored easily, maybe you need a more flexible study environment.

  • Procrastination

Hmm, what can i say about this? It is nit everybody’s friend. I procrastinate a lot! i’m procrastinating right now doing this instead of my paper due tomorrow.However, I give myself enough room to procrastinate. Let me explain, I work better under pressure, but if I know a paper may take me say five hours to write (because I factored in the time I waste), I will not wait until the last minute to do it. There has to be some level of discipline. Knowing the way you work and the speed at which you work is very important.

Wise words from a friend, the best way to not procrastinate is not procrastinate.

  • Do not take yourself too seriously

You’re young, talented, handsome/ beautiful and full of limitless potential, give yourself a break. When you make mistakes, or when things don’t go your way ; learn from your mistakes, there is always a lesson.

Live each day as if its your last, your time at university is short; I’m in my third year and it feels like I started yesterday so Have fun.



13 thoughts on “What nobody told me before I started university!

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  1. Ha! I agree. I’m the first in my family of 6 siblings to attend college. Therefore, I was not prepared for any of it. It I rocked it and went on to complete my masters a few years ago.

  2. I wasn’t prepared for college either so you’re not alone. I will say once you settle in, college can be the best years of your life. (It was for me) I wish you the best on your college journey and enjoy it to the fullest!

  3. College was some of the greatest years of my life. I’ve been out for a few years, and I’ve learned that as you continue to grow and evolve as a person that degree you went to school for may not be the career path you take and that is okay. Enjoy the college journey because it is an important one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I loved this. This is very relatable to life as a whole. I’m definitely still figuring stuff out as an adult out of college. The procrastination part was for me too. I don’t meant to but life happens and mannnnn, here comes procrastination lol. Nice read. Thanks for sharing! 💙

  5. I have always been a procrastinator too, it’s a hard habit to break! I wish that I had gone off to college straight from highschool, it’s one of my biggest regrets. So enjoy all the experiences good and bad.

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