Know More About University

So, you’ve finally finished high school and you’re just about to start university.

You probably have a few questions you’re asking yourself. Like, how is uni different from high school? How will I make friends? How can I maximise the time I spend achieving the ideal state of a university student (which is to sit on your bed all day watching Netflix on your laptop)?

Okay, these questions might not be in your head right now, but they definitely will be once you start.

Class

Class at uni is a lot like class in high school except you get a lot more free time. You might have classes in the morning and in the afternoon but usually these come with a big break in between or no break at all (though the latter means you get to go home early). For those of you lucky enough to be able to create your own timetables, make sure you fit classes around your schedule – it can be annoying to go all the way to uni for just a single one-hour class.

Classes generally are flexible and there are multiple times for the same class, so you should be fine if you schedule it right. However, be warned that classes at convenient times (i.e. ones that don’t start at 9am or 6pm) usually go quick, so, to get the optimal timetable, make sure you enrol in your classes as soon as you are able. And I don’t mean on the same day as class begins: I mean the minute you are able to enrol.

Study

Studying for uni is a lot like a Rocky movie. You start off making friends and before you know it you’re in your training montage mode, ready to face the final exams. Except the training montage lasts for ten weeks. Make sure you study every week and keep up with all your readings and homework. Falling behind one week can be really tough if you want to catch up.

Unlike high school, there’s no one around to make sure that you do all the work every week; therefore, a lot of self-discipline is required. Pretend there’s someone watching you do your homework each week and you should be fine. There really isn’t that much extra study that you can do; just make sure you do all the assigned work.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Uni is a time for you to explore who you want to be and the type of people you want to spend time with. You’re not being forced to hang with anyone you don’t really want to, so use that time to be around people with similar interests to you. There’s no better way to do that than by joining a society at your university. There are a lot of different societies around, so as long as your interests are within the bounds of human decency, there’s bound to be a society for it.

Don’t be afraid to join societies that might be a little bit out of your comfort zone either. Typically, societies don’t require a lot of time commitment and if it doesn’t turn out to be your thing, just quit. No judgments from anyone.

Lastly, make sure you take part in the orientation camps that are exclusive to your degree. Not only are the people you meet there going to be helpful in the future (by providing notes), but they’re also probably going to be the people you see the most of during class.

And that’s it. Uni is really just about having a fun time. Yeah, you have to study, but at least now you’re studying something that actually applies to your future life and hopefully you actually find it interesting