You’ll soon be starting a new stage of your life – one which many look back on as the best years of the lot. You know that this period will be crucial for your future career, but maybe you don’t realize that it’ll be mean much more than that. It will really change your life forever. There are countless examples in film, books and TV series like “How I met your mother” about how the bonds between friends or even couples were made at university. Some people just go through university. But the best way is to really live it.
Lectures aren’t everything
There are lectures to go to, notes to make, group work to do, tutorials to attend, exams to sit, and more. Studying for a degree can be pretty intense: dealing with everything that comes with it maturely and with enthusiasm will take you a long way. But if you organize your time right, there’s a lot more you can do. And we’re not talking about doing more academically. Because a life that’s just lectures, eating and sleeping sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?
Being a university student is also about doing sport and being a member of different societies and clubs – perfect if you want to try out drama, photography, literature, debating, university radio, charity and volunteering activities, amongst other things. There’s sure to be some activity on campus that will stir your interest.
It’s important to remember that your development as a person is just as important as your formal education. And it’s not just because employers prefer candidates to have interests that go beyond the purely professional – it’s also about finding out who you really are.
IF YOU’RE HESITATING, TAKE THE LEAP.
IF YOU’RE BRAVE, HELP SOMEONE WHO’S HESITATING.
IF YOU’RE A, LOOK FOR A B WHO’LL COMPLEMENT YOU.
Happiness is only real when shared
Take part in campus life activities which give you the chance to get to know other students who are interested in the same things as you. Some of them might be on the same degree as you, but others won’t be. And it won’t matter! Meeting students from other subjects will be an enriching experience and give you a greater insight into the university and life itself. That’s what Campus Life is all about.
if you need help on your first day, just raise your hand and someone will come to you
University life can be full of new and stimulating experiences, and remember that all of them will mean that bit more when shared. The friends you make at university are for life.
You’ll remember your days at university for many years. So try to do something different every day and most especially do it in company.
Nothing grows in the comfort zone
There might be a university activity that you feel like trying, but you’re not sure if you’ll be any good at it. Maybe it’s paddle tennis, or singing in the choir, or playing and recording music, or learning how to make your own ceramics – it doesn’t matter what it is. Try to do new things and to listen to new people – it’s the best way to learn.
EXPERIENCE NEW IDEAS.
EXPERIENCE NEW CONVERSATIONS.
EXPERIENCE NEW PEOPLE.
EXPERIENCE YOUR OWN MOTIVATION TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, ADD IT TO YOUR CLASSMATES’ MOTIVATION AND MAYBE TOGETHER YOU CAN GO MOVE THE WORLD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
DON’T SHY AWAY: EXPERIENCE.
You’re young! You’ve got time to come and go, to fall and still get up. Don’t stop yourself from trying something new that might make you happy. In short, you need to move out of your comfort zone and stop limiting yourself to what you already know.
Being able to move out of your comfort zone requires emotional intelligence and optimism: it’ll help you develop your leadership skills. And there’s only one way to learn how to make that leap: by experiencing new things. Get out of your comfort zone. You will be uncomfortable at first – that’s the point – but excitement awaits.