Final goodbye (Part 1) – OurWarwick

Final goodbye (Part 1)

Jane Chan | Mechanical Engineering Contact Jane

Hellooo :’)

I know it’s been a while since I posted on here.I hope everyone is enjoying their summer in this finest British weather because I am haha. I have been travelling to different places in the UK since I walked out of my final exam in June, making the most of the weather and my final stress-free summer before I start working next month.

For those of you who have been following my blog, you may know I just completed my four years of MEng Mechanical Engineering with Business Management degree and graduated. (I’ll post about my graduation more in the next blog)

Four years have definitely flown by so quickly, especially the past ten months when I basically spent the majority of my time in front of a pile of books or carrying out my group project in the laboratory. Before I move on to the next chapter of my life, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect upon what I’ve learnt whilst being a university undergraduate student.

1. Go out of your comfort zone and try new things

I’m sure many of us know why stepping out of our comfort zones is very important for growth. Although comfort reduces our stress and anxiety, it kills productivity and creativity. I think being an undergraduate student has definitely been the best chance I’ve had to try as many new things as I liked, especially when Warwick offers over 200 societies. Honestly, there are so many societies I regretted not joining or not going to many trainings and events after signing up, such as ice-skating society, horse riding society, EQHO, Thai-boxing society, piano society, etc. and this mainly owes to my ‘can’t be bothered’ attitude. Thus, I really want to encourage you to take courage to break free and try new things. You might even surprise yourselves with some hidden talents and challenges you thought you could never overcome!

2. Always be grateful

During the past four years, I’ve met so many amazing people who have inspired me in one way or another, who have supported me in this bumpy journey, which many will remain as life-long friends. I am really grateful for every one of them, without their immense support (and prayers, to those who are Christian), I wouldn’t have made it through the hard times in the past four years. I also want to thank my professors and my personal tutor for inspiring me to dig deeper into some engineering theories. Conversely, I am also grateful for every obstacle I have faced as it has made me a stronger and better person.

3. Focus on getting the work done rather than people (in group projects)

The past 10 months has definitely been the most stressful period of my time at university because I was working on my final year group project which accounted for 10% of my degree and I think the term ‘group project’ is pretty self-explanatory as to why I have been so stressed. I am sure most of you will agree with me on that group project is usually a painful experience unless you are very lucky to have group mates who you get on with very well and, well, do the work. Unfortunately, I was quite unlucky. Just like many people from my year from what I’ve heard, I did not fall into either of the categories mentioned. I am a firm believer of ‘actions speak more that words’, so I have learnt that, sometimes, you just have to focus on what has to be done and neglect what other people think and talk about you and prove that their perspectives of you are wrong by your actions.

4. Leave the competitive mindset at bay

I consider myself as one of the least competitive people in my close friends’ circle and maybe the class, but this doesn’t mean I don’t push myself or have low standards. It simply means I don’t see others as my competitors but friends, acquaintance- people I want to help if they are in need and vice versa. Great team work is always the key to success regardless of how competent you think you are for a particular task, you will always appreciate help from others during your time at university, and in life generally. I am sure many of you must have heard the famous African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

These are just a few of many personal aspects which I think I’ve learnt about/ matured in during my time at university.

I’ll see you in my next blog which I’ll talk about graduation and my future plans:)


Jane Chan | Mechanical Engineering Contact Jane

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