For the new students preparing to start University or for people already in University and have no idea on how to deal with University life, I will be sharing with you things I wished I knew and things you need to know before and during University.
Even though I have successfully completed my accounting degree, now reflecting on my experience and personal journey, there are certain things I wish I knew about studying at University level that I never did.
below are the few things I wish I knew and you should know before and during University.
- BE PRO-ACTIVE
As a first, second or even third year University student, you do not have to wait and see how the year goes. Chilled attitude will not really get you through University. You have to put in the work from the start. Do your assignment/coursework from the start. Always be prepared for every lecture and most importantly, always ask questions if you are not clear on something.
- EVERY STUDENT ON THE SAME COURSE AS YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT PATH
Another thing I have learnt during my three years in University is that every student has a different path. Most students will study every day to achieve the highest grade possible while others will rather attend networking event and try to secure their first internship. This can put pressure on you if you do not have any plan on what you want to do after University. However, you should not feel pressured to follow your peer’s footsteps. Instead, you should focus on your own skills and abilities and how you can enhance them.
- DO NOT STUDY HARD! STUDY SMART!
Another thing I wish I knew before starting University is that it’s not all about studying hard but studying smart. Staying up all night trying to finish an assignment earlier or studying all night in other to pass that exam. One of the new tips have learnt is that, when you do not know what topic to study on/about, you should always contact your lecturers and ask them what topic you should spend most of your time studying.
- READ/STUDY TO UNDERSTAND
Last but not least, at no point should you focus on memorising. Instead, you should focus on studying to understand. Studying at University level is going to be time consuming. You will have a lot of readings to do, papers to write and deadlines to meet. However, you will always have access to study material and case studies. This study materials are considered useful and helpful. If you find an important information, elaborate more on it. This way, you are not just memorising but studying to understand.
I hope someone out there found this helpful and as I am currently backI can’t wait to share with my readers what it feels like been back at University.