We all feel like adults after graduating from high-school and like to believe that we are ready to attack the undergrad life. You might have a well thought out plan to executive these four years perfectly, but just know, it might not always work out. However, the time you spend in university is crucial. All you need to work on is utilising this time. Other than focusing on academics, you will need to make connections and gain experience. So, instead of being lazy and just fretting over assignments, here are a few things you should try at least once during your university life -
HIT THE CLUBS
Try exploring the clubs in your university. The best part is, it does not have to be a club related to your field of studies, but something you have always been curious about. It will give you a chance to develop your social skills and push you to think differently. Organising events will also help to pick up some event-planning skills which employers prefer.
Added bonus, you will have the chance to attend international events, which is a good chance for networking and learning.
Make a plan during the semester break, pack your bags and take a trip with just your friends. Take the responsibility to make sure everyone makes it back home in one piece instead of relying on your parents. Go exploring and learn to make memories with your friends outside of Facebook. It will give you something fun to talk about during reunions.
Attend career fairs to get an idea regarding the jobs you might be interested in. You might even end up finding your dream job. Then, just to get a taste of the career before committing to it, take up an internship or a part-time job to see what it is like. It will give you an insight into the workload and be another opportunity for networking. If an internship does not work out, try starting your own business where you can be your own boss, and earn some serious money, if your idea is unique enough and you do it properly, of course. Even if your business fails, it is better to experience failure now than later on in life. Employers always tend to look out for graduates with practical skills and creativity. So work experience is a good way to make your resume stand out.
Pro-tip: Keep in mind to compile your ideal CV ASAP to help you identify what areas you need to work on.
COUNT THE MONEY
Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with being a finance student. Everyone should be familiar with personal financing. Take a month to calculate your expenses from your pocket money. It will not hurt to know your own spending habits.
Pro-tip: It is always a smart idea to have money saved up for a rainy day.
OWN THE PODIUM
Some of us are terrified of speaking publicly. University is the perfect place to overcome this fear. You will need to know how to reach out to your audience and make yourself presentable. If you can get university students to listen to you and convince them with your words, then you will have no problem with your future boss or clients.
STEP OUTSIDE YOUR ZONE
You might learn something new and fun doing a course outside your department. It also shows that you are flexible, well-rounded, and open to various ideas. Maybe even pick an argument (the friendly sort) with an arts student just to get an idea of how they think and perceive different ideas.
Added advantage: You might learn a thing or two about liberal humanism and neo-colonisation and maybe even want switch departments, who knows?
WHY BE SELFISH?
Donating your time to any cause or for the sake of community work is always a great way to cleanse the spirit, learn something new, and of course, to develop network. You get to experience the joy of giving back to society and see the worth of your work. You can also take part in protests and awareness programmes to support a just cause. Would you really be able to call yourself a student unless you have spent hours chanting with posters demanding change?
These are just a few things you can try. Having a bucket list is going to help you accomplish more in these four years than you might think. All in all, this time comes with opportunities for self-improvement and expanding your horizon, which will help you to achieve your goals and more in no time.