Graduating is one of those important rites of passage that every university student should experience. This past week I had the privilege of witnessing some of my friends receive their hard earned degrees from the Chancellor. It was a beautiful short ceremony, which I was glad for, after all no one enjoys sitting down doing nothing for too long. And as I was sitting down listening to all the graduands being called up to the stage in De Montfort Hall, I couldn’t help but notice the proud beaming faces of all the parents present. This got me thinking about my own graduation which is a year from now. What will I be wearing? Will I have made my family proud? Will I be happy with my degree classification? And most importantly, will I look back on the three years I spent in university and be satisfied? The last one got me thinking really hard.
Although I do have a thriving social life, I have spent the last two years working towards improving my CV and my grades, that I almost neglected the other part of university. The fun part, where I get to try new things and pick up a new hobby and develop a new skill. So I have decided that with the limited time I do have at university, I am going to take full advantage of our Students’ Union. I have put together a list of things that I want to have done by the end of my third year:
1. Learn how to play a new sport. The only sport I am confident in is Table tennis but there are so many other sporting teams at the University of Leicester and no matter how uncoordinated I am I can’t be horrible at all of them. I have always fancied skiing so I might try that.
2. Join a new society not related to my course. I have limited my society memberships to economics related clubs in the past with only one exception. That is all about to change. There is a wide variety of clubs and societies to choose from ranging from Religious to Medical to Recreational societies available in school. I am still yet to choose one which interests me, this is where the Freshers’ Fair will come in handy.
3. Learn another language. So this one is a bit of a stretch because I have been saying I will do it for years now, but I would like to learn another European language, preferably Spanish.
For any student out there who is in the same boat as I am, I urge you to take this opportunity and spread your wings. You only get to be an undergraduate at University once (unless you get a second degree). Next time this year when I graduate, I want to look back at my life at University and be both proud and content, ready to move on to the next chapter in my life.
Have a great week!
P.S. If you have a to do list for your final year please feel free to share it with me on the comments section.