I love going back to Uni. I love the excitement, learning new things and most of all my rapidly declining social life. But I know there are some of you out there who don’t, or cant, get excited for a new semester of Uni. For those ‘weird’ ones out there, this is for you. I have personally put together some tips to help you through this time in your life.
Its scientifically proven, somewhere, that shopping releases endorphins that make you feel much more motivated and happy. Seriously, Google it! What other excuse do you need to head to the shops? You don’t even have to be a stationary nut like me. Clothes, books, even video games that you can convince everyone somehow relates to your Uni degree, they will all help you be ready for the new Uni semester; according to science.
Buy one of those annoying diaries, you know the one that you write everything in and then leave sitting on your desk under a pile of papers for the rest of the year. Even if you only use it that once to write out all your plans for the semester, even if it’s just your new social calendar, it will get you excited for the New Year. I promise.
Retrain your body.
This is probably the hardest. It involves going to bed at a sensible time and not when the sun is rising. I can hear your groans from here, but you will thank me. Would you rather spend all night up having fun and then struggle through a day of lectures and tutorials or go to bed earlier and be that kid that seems annoyingly happy all day? Actually, don’t answer that.
Actually show up to classes.
Okay, I lied; this may be the hardest tip I’m giving you. Skipping just that one class or lecture might seem tempting. But I’m sure you all know where this leads, down the path of missing the whole unit and pulling an all-nighter on that assignment you have no idea about. Just suck it up and go to the class. Who knows, you might actually enjoy it.
Uni is more fun with friends at your side. Enough said.
Then make time for these friends.
You need this time to unwind, have fun, let loose if you must. As the saying goes, all work and no fun makes Jack a dull boy. Not to mention a very stressed out Uni student.
Find something interesting/fun in every class.
Even if it’s just to tease the teacher. In fact, some of the only things I have picked up at Uni are from mocking teachers. But if anyone asks, this advice did not come from me. If you don’t enjoy the class you are more likely to revert to the skipping class routine we talked about before. Trust me, having fun in class will help you in the long run.
Find at least one class you love.
This is what electives are for! Choose something that wont be such a drag when it comes to assignments. It will also make you more motivated to start Uni if you have something to look forward to. Sure a bunch of boring subjects may look good on your record, but you are more likely to put more effort into something you love, or at least like. And good marks look really good on your record.
So there it is. Go forth and enjoy.
Published on Degree! / 13 March, 2012