Things that university taught me so far
I have been a student for as long as I can remember, and the journey is far from over through the process of settling into university. As we move closer into the new year I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately on my academic career and all that I’ve learned in the process. I have been at university for about three months now and I am definitely not the same person that I was three months ago.
Going to university was a big deal. It was the beginning of my adulthood, of living alone being independent and hopefully discovering who I am. I thought for this blog post I would share a few life lessons I learnt. As expected, university has taught me a lot about myself, I love learning, I love improving myself, and university has allowed me the perfect opportunity to do that. So today I’m going to share five things that the university has taught me.
1. If you stay ready you do not have to get ready
As a kid I hard this saying a lot ‘ I stay ready then I wouldn’t have to get ready’ I did not really understand how powerful that saying was until recently. It basically means stay prepared for anything that life throws at you so you can adjust accordingly to whatever situation you are in. Sometimes mishaps are unavoidable we are human after all and the only thing you can control in this world is yourself. However, if you read my blog then you would know that I am big on routines and I find that having a productive morning and night routine made my hectic university life a little easier. I have always been good at time management but organisation not so much, but I tried to stay prepared at university and I wholeheartedly agree with the saying.
a. Keeping a to-do list
b. Google calendar
c. Doing things, the night before
2. We are all in the same boat
if your fresher on your way to university someone on campus probably feels the same as you do so don’t be to have on yourself for feeling nervous your best bet is to join a few societies and find like-minded people like you.
3. Changing is good
University is all about change. It is an introspective process that forces you to step out of your comfort zone. University forced me to be more open-minded and try new food, activities and experiences. As humans, we are constantly learning and growing and it is a wonderful thing.
4.Time management is not optional
having good time management is an essential skill for surviving university. According to astrology my star sign as a capricaon is the reason why i am so punctual. But you are in luck because having good time management is not exclusive to Capricorns. Good time management meant comes from discipline, planning, preparing and creating routines that eventually come second nature to you.
5. Self Love & Time Alone Are Needed:
I would say the biggest wake-up call I received in university is that if you don’t take care of yourself, no one will.In high school, you live with your parents, your teachers (for the most part) cared about how you did in class, and if you didn’t show up, it was a BIG deal. Fast forward to university, you’re in control of everything. For me, a university is a place where I am never really alone and I always have something to do sometimes.I can get lost in all the assignments course works and lectures but taking care of your self mentally and physically is a must. No parents are reminding you to prepare for the next day, there’s no dinner waiting for you after a long day, if you get ill you have to take care of yourself, etc. You have to be really prepared for the responsibility that being independent brings. It is a big shift in mindset but I am glad it has happened.
in conclusion, my first term of university had its up and downs. There were times when I lacked motivation There were other times when I felt motivated to study and felt on top of the world. I’ve come to learn that these ups and downs are normal, and they are what make life what it is.