Monday night officially marked the end of my three-month-long summer break.
It is now the beginning of my second year in university and so I may not be able to post as much as I did in the last few months. On the contrary though, I might find a lot of topics to talk about so who knows? I just might show up again before either of us expects me to(!)
Even though I am still just a Sophomore, there are a few things I would like to share with all those starting universities/colleges this year. Here are a few tips that helped me and I hope you guys can benefit from them as well.
1. Being Open-minded
You are entering a place where everything and everyone is unfamiliar to you; however, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Step out of your comfort zone. Be the first one to strike up a conversation with a student, a professor, the staff – there is so much you can learn just by exchanging a few words with them.
2. Less Procrastination
Do not put off any assignments till later, even if the submission date is several weeks away. It will only take a few days for you to have a huge messy pile of incomplete tasks if you don’t at least start with it.
3. Stay on a Budget
Once you make friends and start having study groups for pretty much all your courses, there will be lots of hanging out in different cafes/diners etc. Due to this, your bank account may get a little upset. Fix a reasonable amount that you are comfortable spending on a day-to-day basis. Or set aside an adequate sum which you can use as a weekly (or monthly) allowance, and try not to cross the limit.
4. Be a Team Player
Some (or most) of your projects will be assigned to a group – rather than on an individual basis. This is the best opportunity for you to learn about responsibilities, to develop social skills, leadership qualities, being organized, and bringing your “A” game to the table. No matter how much your team members might irritate you at times, choosing to rise above it and helping them is what will distinguish you from the rest of your fellow students.
5. Never Give Up
No matter how many times you fall back down, be sure to get back up. Whether you have failed a course, a relationship, or a friendship – try again. Learn from your mistakes, ask your professors or class fellows for help when needed, and don’t place limits to what you can do or what you can be.
Most importantly though, relish the time you have and try as many new things as you can (legal ones of course!), because at the end of the day it is not your GPA that matters, you do.
Until next time!
Happy reading 🙂