The Uni Adzvice Series #2 - 6 Tips for Making the Most of Your Time at Uni
Contributed by Tracy Landu
I like to (and think we all should) think of university as an experience. University is not only a place where we study for our degrees to become equipped with knowledge that will build our careers. It is also a time where we grow as individuals. It's important that we make the most out of our time so we can use this time wisely to invest in ourselves and equip ourselves well for the future.
Whether you’re about to start university this year or are already in university, you can make these years some of the most memorable and worthwhile moments of your life by following these six tips to help you make the most out of your university experience:
1. Be proactive in your learning
This should be an obvious piece of advice, but, you'd be surprised at how many people go to lectures and don't ask questions or interact. Student loans are too expensive for you to be taking a back seat in your education. Have no shame in your game! Get involved, ask questions and take your education into your hands. Being proactive about your learning makes it easier for you to understand the content better, and therefore get better results.
2. Utilise the resources available to you
As students, there are so many services available that we ought to use to our advantage. From laptop and camera loans to free career advice, access to studios and student discounts! Be sure to use them all because they won't be available once you have left university.
3. Build your brand
University is a great time to take risks and pursue your passion! Start up your own business, website, society or whatever it is you love to do. Designate time to work on your craft. You’ll be surprised at the support and funding available for start-ups and ideas that you may have. It's also a bonus if you start early and can begin to generate income from your side hustle.
4. Build your contacts
It is really important to have supportive friends, be that supportive friend and surround yourself with those that are on the same journey as you. You can end up making life-long friends from university who can offer your support in the future. The same goes with building good relationships with teaching staff.
5. Get involved in extra-curricular activities
Many people ask me how I get jobs at university or how I managed to become a recipient of a scholarship to go to South Africa. All I tell them is I saw the ad and applied because that's pretty much all I did. There’s nothing to lose, but much to gain. Join societies, take up a new language, get involved in a competition or go and study abroad! Do things you're interested in and that will be enjoyable but challenge you to come out of your comfort zone. You don't want to be one of those people who regrets not taking opportunities that they should have.
6. Get work experience
I cannot express how important it is to get placements, internships or a job in your field of interest whilst you are studying. Experience is equally important, if not more important than the grades and you want to be able to demonstrate to employers that you are serious and dedicated to growing in your chosen field of work. Find placements that you will benefit the most from and that you can fit into your schedule. Undertaking work experience will also help you figure out what works best for you.