Motivate Me

tumblr_lgsnftAP8W1qdibtno1_500I 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.

Go Shopping

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.

Get organized.

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.

Make friends.

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

The Hard Questions

HARD_QUESTIONSI am indecisive about a lot of things, what to eat for breakfast, what to eat for lunch, what to eat for dinner; you get the idea. But when the big decision time came where I had to pick a career it didn’t take me long to land on Journalism.

Writing being one thing that comes easy to me, and not having the attention span for long ass novel-writing Journalism was the career that jumped out at me.

For a lot of people though, this is not the case. From the little decisions, such as what to wear in the morning, to the life changing ones that leave you feeling queasy some people just hate making a choice. I think I can leave the day-to-day decision to you though and focus on that huge question of what to do with your life.

What are you doing? That is the question many face from those annoying family members who look down at anything less than a uni degree. But being told for half your life that the HSC is the be all and end all, many find themselves not having thought this far into the future. Then when chucked into the wide-world that awaits you after that prison called high school they often feel lost at where to go from here.

You may have no idea whatsoever and decide to take a gap-year to figure it out, and then waste that gap-year travelling or partying and still have no idea. You may have found the course you love and don’t know where to go from there or, like me, you have found what career you want just don’t know the exact role you want to play in it.

Whatever the case there a few ways in which to figure out what life you wish to lead. Often the easiest thing to do is take notice of what you enjoy, think about whether you could get paid for doing it and most importantly could handle doing this full time? Doing your research can also help, start with what you like, or are interested in and research jobs around that area.

Most importantly don’t forget, in the world we live in new jobs are created each day! So don’t stress, pick a course you like and go from there.

Published on Degree! / 19 September, 2011