- Try to start university with an open mind.
If there is ever a time in your life when you should question everything you believe, it is now. When starting university, you will encounter lots of new people, ideas and ways of life, and you should try not to arrive with ANY preconceived notions about them. The habits that you might look at as weird at first, you could end up adopting and become a lifelong believer in.
- Donít be a social recluse.
My friends are always so proud about how they brought a full gaming platform and the biggest TV that can physically fit in their dorm. Whoop-de-do. If you define your happiness in college by the success of your World of Warcraft character, you are going to have a very miserable time. My advice would be, just donít play video games. Or if you really want to, donít play video games alone. Join clubs, talk to your dorm-mates, be sociable.
- Take classes you are interested in.
This is actually pretty obvious for most students. But it is still something worth mentioning. When starting university, donít only take classes pertaining to your major. If you take the opportunity to sample different subjects, you might just stumble across something even more interesting. See what else is on offer, and if youíre not sure, speak to a lecturer to get some advice.
- Take (calculated) risks!
You will never have the same sort of freedom as during your time at university. If you want to try mountain biking, do it! If you want to try your hand at comedy stand-up, do it! If you want to go paragliding, do it! You may never be able to take on these sort of risks again, and you donít want to graduate without a good stock of good stories you can tell at cocktail parties for the boring post-college life.
- Have fun.
I really tried to end with something less clichťd, but this is true: having fun is an important part of being a student. That said, as with all things in life, moderation is key. Its seems that there are two types of people in college: those who have too much fun at the cost of bad study habits, and those who spend too much time studying at cost of no social life. Both are equally bad. So when starting university, try to find a balance between the most fun you can have, while still maintaining your decent/good grades.
There you have it! The five things you need to know before starting university. This really could be the best years of your life, so donít mess them up, and do awesome things!
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