The other day it dawned on me that as of December 10th I will be halfway through my university career. It’s really mind-boggling to think about how much I have gone through and how quickly it has gone by. Even though I still have another two and a half years until my degree is finished, I know that it will go by incredibly quickly and before long, I’ll be preparing to graduate and make my mark on the world.
Even though I have absolutely loved my university experience thus far, I do have some regrets. So I wanted to take the opportunity to share my advice on how to make the most of your experience here.
First off, get involved. That’s some of the best advice I can give to anyone. It wasn’t until halfway through my second year I really bothered to really get involved in Residence Life. Even then I didn’t really start doing anything until the beginning of my third year. Once I finally got involved all I could think was, “I should have done this back in first year!”
Although it may sound cliche, Residence Life has really changed my life for the better. I have made so many friends and have become more outgoing and open to new experiences.
It doesn’t even have to be Residence Life; honestly just getting involved around campus and with different clubs in general is a really fulfilling experience that I would recommend to anyone. Go out and find what you like, I promise it’s worth it.
Another piece of advice I have is: if a class is worth taking (either because you like it, or because it’s required), it’s worth giving it your all. Don’t half-ass any assignments or tests, don’t settle for less and your best. Even if you don’t try your best but still get a good mark, trust me one day you will look at that transcript and regret that you didn’t give it your all.
The last thing I want to mention is simply saying yes more and being open to new experiences. There have been days where friends have asked me if I wanted to go to out and I passed. Trust me when I tell you that you will regret it later. On the other hand, on days when I have gone out, even if I wasn’t really feeling like it, those often turn out to be really memorable moments and those experiences allowed me to grow closer with friends.
So there is my advice on how to make the most of your university career. You’re only here for a short time, don’t let it waste away!