What awaits most students after university? The dreaded afterlife I must admit. Preparation for life after university begins at university and rests on the foundations students develop while still studying.
So you may not feel like joining that club or organisation that's waving their posters in your face. It seems lame to you. You don't have the time to commit to it or perhaps you have no interest in devoting your time to such causes. Well, whatever the reason may be, stick it out, put yourself out there and get into the whole vibe of your university's extracurricular activities.
You don't have to go overboard with joining every club or society there is on the market but even one would suffice and I assure you the benefits will be many. This teaches commitment and develops team-working abilities which will be so useful when taking that giant leap into the afterlife. That giant leap may not seem as giant if you put your theory into practice while still at University.
Get your butt and get moving
Procrastination! Yes, that dreaded word that stops you from reaching your fullest potential, from getting cracking on essential tasks and meeting all-important deadlines. Get rid of it from your vocabulary – it will do you no good. Try not to put things off and once an assignment comes flying in your face, head home and start your research. Yes, it's definitely easier said than done but in the long-run; this equals less stress and more confidence in your ability. But most importantly, this state of mind will do your far more good when you want to step up and tackle that job that you've been eyeing for quite some time.
What are tutors and lecturers there for? Aren't we all so privileged to have them. Yet we never take time out to get the most out of them. They have plenty of experience, vision and learning lessons under their belts but how are you ever supposed to know if you never take the time out of your day to consult with them, get some advice or perhaps chat with them about questions you've been pondering over for a particular assessment.
They may even be that foot to the door to your industry of choice. However small or large their offers may be, nothing goes to complete waste in the long-term and hey, you might even be able to use them as a future reference for your resume.
You have the very rare privilege of being able to afford an education and also, being accepted for your interest in getting one. So don't waste the opportunity. Students tend to have early morning lectures and choose the easy way out –talking themselves into i-lecturing a missed lecture out of sheer laziness or sleeping in then waking up only to discover that they can never live up to their unachievable promises or better yet, forcing themselves to attend then falling asleep mid-way into the lecture. In the end they have zero lecture attendance for the entire semester and the ilecture recordings they pledged to view never seemed to find their way into their agenda.
Does surviving University feel like a losing battle or shall I say; a never-ending losing battle for most undergraduates?
Does it feel as though it just goes on but you are not getting anywhere or getting anything out of it? Like the motivation you had once upon a time is now nowhere to be found. Taking necessary strides to build up a career you've been longing for begins at University. It starts here but doesn't end here. However the learning curves you encounter whilst at University will be something that will stick with you for a lifetime and will be a lesson which you will carry with you into the afterlife.
You are fortunate enough to be in the position you are in now – appreciate it and use your time wisely because there will come a time when you will stop to smell the flowers yet there won't be any left waiting. So live in the moment and open your arms to the smell of reality.
I'm sure we undergraduates have all been down that road before – believing that life after school is somewhat better. Then once this imaginary life doesn't live up to our much lived expectations, we speed through it, miss classes, wish it were the end until the afterlife approaches. And before you know it, the same vicious cycle crudely repeats itself as you enter into the afterlife – the demands of adult living; work and responsibility. We find ourselves sitting in our office, eyes glued to our computer screens for months on end wishing that school and University never came to an end.
So make the most of University so that you can cherish the life to come. Resist the urge to postpone your chances of getting somewhere and try to get there as soon as circumstances throw you a break.