You’ll learn more in your three years at university than you have in your entire life so far. However, when you finish, you will always look back and wish you had known more. University is a time for trying new things and finding out more about yourself. You are still governed by worries and stresses though, and that can hold you back. The most important thing to remember is that everyone is in the same boat.
When you complete your degree, many look back and wish they had done more. When it comes to extracurricular activities, you will always wish you had been more involved. With your degree, you’ll wish you had worked harder and gone to more classes. The best thing you can do is to learn from those who have been there! These are the three things I wish I had known before I went to university. Hopefully they will help you make the most of your time there.
Everyone is as nervous as you
Everyone that starts university is in exactly the same boat. They are all moving away from their home and family. They are all nervous and excited about starting a new life. They all want to say hello and start a conversation but are holding back. They are all scared about turning up to a class and not knowing who to sit with. Everyone is worried about turning up to a club alone and getting involved. If you know that everyone else is just as worried, starting the conversation is much easier.
Keep your door open
You’ll learn this one quite quickly, but it is the best way to make friends. While you’re moving your stuff in, keep your door open. People will pop in and say ‘hi’. It’s the best way to show that you are open to making friends and meeting new people. When you get to university, you’ll want to open yourself up to as many new people and experiences and possibilities. An open door says that without you having to say anything.
Do all the reading and go to all the classes
After a late night, those 9am lectures and seminars can be tough. So many students skip these early classes or forget to do the reading. You’ll catch up online later, right? Probably not. Even though you only need a low percentage to pass first year, do all the reading and go to every class. The first year is your foundation. It’s what the next two years of learning is based on. Especially with the different science degrees. Learn it early and the next two years are much easier. I promise it’s worth dragging yourself out of bed for.
Most importantly, do everything that you want. University is the only time in your life that you will have to try everything without people judging you. Find yourself. Figure out what you love. Go to every class, go to every club and try it out. Meet new people and then meet some more. Find the ones you want to stay friends with for the rest of your life. Finally, enjoy every second of it.