As a follow up to last year’s post, 5 Things I Learned in My First Year of University, I am sharing 5 things that I have learned this year at school.
IT’S OKAY TO DROP A CLASS
When flipping through the course catalogue deciding which classes to take, the descriptions can be deceiving. In my case, what I thought was going to be a fairly easy introduction to how modern psychology came to be, ended up being an extremely confusing class mainly focused on the roles computers had in modern psychology.
Unfortunately, I waited a bit too long to actually drop the class, so I had to withdraw from it instead, forfeiting all of the money I had paid to take the class. Next time, if I have a gut feeling about a class I’m taking, I will follow it! The important thing to remember is that having a “W” on your transcript isn’t the end of the world. If anyone asks about it, just be honest: the class wasn’t right for you, and unfortunately you didn’t realize until after the add/drop deadline.
DISCONNECT WHILE STUDYING
If my phone is in front of me, I will instinctively reach for it every few minutes, pushing the home button to see if I have any notifications. Yet, if my phone is hidden from me (under a book or behind me on another surface), I won’t think about it for ages. For me, it is super important to have my phone out of the way while studying, otherwise a decent chunk of time goes towards playing on it.
CREATING A STUDY PLAN IS MUCH EASIER THAN
ACTUALLY STICKING TO ONE
I like to think that writing out a study plan is some huge achievement, but then fail to actually use the guide I set for myself. This upcoming school year, I will be sure to schedule specific times for studying and completing assignments.
MAKE USE OF THE PROGRAMS YOU ARE PAYING FOR
There are a lot of things included in your tuition that you might not be making use of. For example, I didn’t use my school gym membership at all last year, but you bet I complained about being forced to pay for it every chance I could. This year I became more committed to working out, so I was able to use the membership included in my tuition to my benefit.
KEEP GOING, EVEN IF YOU CAN’T YET SEE THE BIG PICTURE
I have often struggled with finding the motivation to keep up with my schoolwork, because I have no clue what I plan on doing as a career. Not being able to see a big picture, or having a “dream”, leaves me less than excited about school. This is why it’s important to remember that even if you cannot see the big picture right now, it’s there. It will reveal itself to you however it chooses, so keep going, work hard, and discover your big picture along the way.
Thanks for reading,