My first twelve-week University semester has been over for a few weeks now, but looking back on my university predictions it’s fascinating to see how much I have learnt just by experiencing the atmosphere that comes with attending classes and lectures.
Putting my course’s content aside, I thought I would share with you six things that I learnt from my first semester at university.
“P’s Get Degree’s”
This is a quote that someone very close to me told me all the time throughout the stressful last year of high school. I’m not a very competitive person, but when it came to Year 12, I saw every day as a competition. It was like a version of the hunger games in my mind! ‘I must get better grades than everyone in my class so I can get the ATAR score that I need’ or ‘any one of these people could get one grade higher than me and thus I won’t get the ATAR score that I want’ were my constant thoughts for a whole year, (and for those of you who are not in Victoria, that is a slight insight into how competitive getting into university is by our system).
Starting at university I had the same type of mentality – I was afraid to get a lower mark because it might affect my degree... Only in about week 5 did I realise how silly I was. Other people’s marks don’t affect my degree in the slightest. All I need to do is pass. If I pass all my units, no matter the level of the pass (eg. Whether it is a credit or a distinction ect.), I will end up with a degree. There is no concepts such as bell curves or standardisation – it is simply, what mark you get is what mark you get, regardless of anyone else’s marks!
Everything and Everyone is more relaxed
No one cares what you do. You could walk in to a lecture still in your pj’s and no one would care. Lecturers and tutors see you as an adult, so emailing them and talking to them is exactly like you would talk to anyone else. There is no sense of superiority within a university, yes lecturers and tutors have power over you in the sense that they determine your mark and teach you, but they don’t flaunt or abuse it.
Paying for lunch everyday adds up!
Oh my lord, if you are reading this and either going to university currently, or are about to embark on your university experience remember this – it’s okay to bring your lunch from home! Money disappears so quickly when food is involved, and buying lunches every day is EXPENSIVE! Currently, I am saving up for a trip to Europe, and only towards the end of my first semester did I begin bringing lunches from home – this was the best decision I’ve made.
It’s so much easier too. There’s no hassle in having to walk to places to buy food, or deciding on what you want to eat each break. Also, if you want to cram in some study or work on an assignment, extra time can be spent working instead of having to go buy yourself lunch. There’s also no excuse for you to say ‘I didn’t have time to go and get lunch’, it’s right in your back pack so you can eat it while walking to your next class!
Individuality is the key to standing out
So many people have the idea in their minds that they cannot express any individuality because it will make them stand out; it will draw attention to them. In university you are literally just a pair of eyes to your lecturer, so when I talk about individuality, I mean showing it through your work. Try something different to everyone else – risks do pay off! If you show individuality throughout your work, and show that you are not just like everyone else in your future profession, this may give you the upper hand in getting further in life. Lecturers and Tutors have so many contacts in the industry – use them to your advantage!
Lectures and Tutes are more diverse than you think!
Just because you have to do a particular unit for your course, does not mean that everyone in that unit is doing the same course as you. But what you do have in common with everyone in that unit is that you are there for a reason; you are there to achieve your set goal. These goals and mixture of students from different courses allows you to broaden your social groups and meet people who you can talk to about something other than your course!
A perfect example, and probably the best way I can explain this, is my boyfriend is doing a double degree – a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in cinema and screen studies). I am doing a Bachelor of Media and Communications. What do we have in common? We both had one unit together this semester – a media unit. One I had to do for my Bachelor, and one he had to do for his cinema and screen studies major. This is where we met. And to me not only did I meet a wonderful guy, but it made me realise how diverse a class can be in terms of what courses people are doing.
University puts your organisational skills to the test!
To the people who can cruise through university without using even a planner – you are incredible! University requires serious organisation in order for you not to forget when assignments are due and tutorial work is due. This semester I ended up using, a to-do list every day, my wall calendar for my assignment dates, my carry around planner, various unit to-do lists and more. My to-do lists even had to-do lists!!
University is so jam packed with assignments and submission work that organisation is key to getting everything submitted on time and not forgotten about! If this is slightly scaring you, have no fear! I have created a set of free printables just to help you get your university work in order once and for all!
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Let me know down in the comments what have your experiences been at university/school?