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University can be a tough, exciting, fun, stressful, and memorable time for students across the world- and everyone’s University experience is different. I recently graduated from the University of York, and I’ve had a year to reflect on my time at University.
It was a fantastic time in my life, but there are always hurdles, bumps, and obstacles that come up as you navigate such a big time in your life.
Whether you’re starting University this year, you’re entering your final year, or you’re thinking about applying to University, I’ve put together 5 ways you can make the most of your University experience
These are not hard and fast rules, and everyone knows what they want from their University experience. What matters is that you’re happy with what you’re doing. These are just a few things I’ve had a chance to reflect on now I’ve graduated!
Everyone has things they like and things they don’t feel comfortable with- and when you start University it’s so important to establish your boundaries and know what you want from the experience.
However, it’s also a great idea to push yourself. Just like in life, there are positives to moving out of your comfort zone a little bit.
This might mean making new friends, going to a house party, or joining a club or group. It’s so important to put your safety and mental health first when you’re at University, but it’s also about enjoying new experiences- so if there’s something you want to try but you feel nervous about it, try and slowly push yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit.
Act like a tourist
This is something I wish I had done as a student! If you’re in a new city, or even if you stay in your hometown, try and see your new home with fresh eyes. Starting University somewhere is a great opportunity to explore a new place, so make the most of that chance.
I studied in York, and I wish I had visited all the “tourist” places in the city, such as Betty’s and all of the historic sites.
Find a balance
At University there needs to be a balance. You don’t want to just be working on your degree for three straight years, but you also don’t want to come out of the experience without achieving any of your academic goals.
Try and find a balance as much as you can. Enjoy time with friends and enjoy going out, but also make the most of the University experience, and the great academic environment you’re in. This balance is particularly important if you’re heading into your final year of University.
Whatever your degree, try and get some experience before you get to your final year- and suddenly realise that you’re going to be out in the real world soon. Take it from someone who’s been spending a lot of time job-hunting, employers want experience!
This might mean getting a part-time job during the holidays, finding some volunteer work to enjoy, or applying for fantastic internships in London.
If you don’t know what you want to do after University, try out a few things. It’s better to try out something you might want to do as a career first, just in case it’s not something you enjoy.
Stop putting pressure on yourself
While University can be an amazing experience, for some students it’s not the “best time” of their lives. In fact, I have a real hatred for this phrase. No time is the “best time” of your life if you’re unhappy, and you should never feel pressure to constantly be enjoying your University experience.
All students experience ups and downs. Don’t put any pressure on yourself to always enjoy yourself, and speak to someone at University if you’re struggling.
Do you have any tips for making the most of your University experience? Do you agree with my ideas for making the most of University? What was the best thing about your University experience?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x