As it’s coming up to the New Year, I’ve been thinking about the last year – all the thing’s I’ve done, but also all the things I wish I had done! I’ll be graduating in 2016 (scary stuff), so I’ve been doing some general reflecting on the past two a half years.
It sounds like a cliche but you will definitely have some of your best experiences at University, that is, if you make the most of what is on offer to you. And it’s not only a great experience socially – though of course meeting new people is a huge part – but it also teaches you a lot, academically and about yourself as a person.
Looking back, there are definitely certain things that I would have done differently in hindsight. So based on that, I’d thought I’d give you guys some advice on how to make the most of your university experience!
Try to get involved straight away.
I’ve been a member of a number of different societies, and consequently met a lot of great people, but I can’t help but feel I should have joined earlier! In my first year I didn’t get involved in as many societies as I have done in the following years, which I realise now was a bit of a mistake. The stresses of work, particularly in third year, mean I can’t always enjoy society events in the way I might have done in first year!
Also, when you’re a first year throwing yourself into everything, it’s much easier to get started and build new friendships within your societies or clubs. And then you’ve got a group of like-minded friends that you can share your while university experience with, rather than just a year or two. Who knows, you could meet your best friend for life – so just put yourself forward, I promise it’ll be worth it!
Don’t expect too much, too soon.
Having said that you’ll probably have some of your best experiences at University, you can’t expect every day to be the best you’ve ever had! You can’t expect to settle in straight away, moving away from home is a big step and it takes time to adjust to it. It’s just important to remember that pretty much everyone is going through it and there’s loads of ways to get support if you are struggling.
Also, you might not meet your best friend in the world at University. Perhaps you’ve already met them, or you will in the future. Don’t expect everything you’ve heard about others’ experiences to happen to you, the beauty of your experience is that it’s your own (going all philosophical here)! Live in the moment and enjoy yourself, don’t place high expectations on your experience and you’ll have a blast.
I’m sure you’ll be happy to know there’ll be more of my wonderful advice for you in part two, coming soon – so, until then…