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My uni regrets

Amelia Stone United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Amelia Stone | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Amelia

Naturally, when you arrive at University, you want to make the absolute most out of your experience. So, to try and help you to avoid making a few of the same mistakes I did along the way, I thought I would fill you in on what I personally regret doing (or mostly, not doing) over the last few years, and what I may have done a little differently. 

Not getting involved enough in societies…

This is, by a mile, my biggest regret of my time at University. In my first year, I joined dozens of societies but failed to properly get involved with any of them. Yes, I attended the odd event or talk hosted, but I most certainly didn’t take advantage of the opportunities and friendships that can come from getting involved in a range of societies. Looking back, although I had the most unbelievably enjoyable experience with the people I was living with, I wish I’d branched out a little more and tried more new things in my first year and throughout the following years. I definitely wish I’d pushed myself outside of my comfort zone a little more; if there was ever a time to try something new, it’s in your first year of University. 

Being too nervous to contribute in seminars…

I wish that, for some of my time at University, I hadn’t been so nervous and self-conscious when it came to speaking in and engaging with my seminars. It’s easy to shy away from the conversation and debate, whether that be through laziness or because you’re scared of saying something ‘wrong’ or that people disagree with. But, that’s most definitely not how you get the most out of your seminars, or your course as a whole. It’s unlikely that anyone in your seminar is an expert in whatever topic you’re discussing, or that anyone’s going to be analysing and critiquing every word that comes out of your mouth, so I wish I’d put a little more effort into getting over this fear earlier on in my University experience. 

Not going on a year abroad…

I’m still a little 50/50 on this one, but I definitely regret not considering a year abroad more. Before I came to University, I was adamant that I would be spending a year studying abroad, and a few of the Universities that I applied for actually included a year abroad. But, when I got to university, I very quickly decided against it, mainly because I couldn’t bare the thought of going away for a year and coming back without the people I’d spent the last couple of years with. With hindsight, I wish I hadn’t completely disregarded the idea, and done a lot more research into just going ahead and doing it. This may have something to do with the constant Instagram posts from people on their year abroad in Australia I am now seeing every day, but in all seriousness its definitely something to think about. I have, however, settled for taking time out to travel after graduation, so I’m not too upset abut it. 

Not knowing about working for the University sooner…

As I discussed in my previous blog post, I now work as an ambassador for PAIS as well as the ‘Study Happy’ Library team, and I also now work as a blogger. I 100% wish I was more aware of all of these opportunities from my first year onwards, rather than in my third year, because the jobs that are available pay really generously and are flexible around all of your University work. I’ve also worked on the Open Days and throughout the Welcome Week, so there are lots of ad-hoc, as well as long term, opportunities available that I wish I’d known about from the beginning, because it’s a great bit of extra cash. 

Not always looking after myself…

University, for a lot of people, is the first time you experience being fully independent. This can, undoubtedly, be exciting. Being able to do whatever you want is great, but eating pizza every night for a week and not waking up until 2pm everyday can definitely start taking its toll on you. Looking back, I wish I’d taken a little bit more care over what I was eating, when I was exercising and that I was spending my days productively. It’s definitely a case of trial and error, and now that I’m in my final year I’d say I’ve found a really good balance, but looking after yourself will really help your University experience be a good one. 

Leaving everything to the last minute, every time…

I’m not sure this will ever really change, but it’s worth mentioning. Term 3 of each year is always an inevitably stressful period, as its the time for deadlines and exams. But, it could so easily be not quite as stressful if I hadn’t always left everything to the last minute. Maybe I subconsciously enjoy the self-inflicted pressure and last minute rush to get everything done in time, but I have always regretted, every year, not doing more throughout the year so I wouldn’t be left with such a humungous amount of work to do right at the very end. 

Ultimately, the biggest thing I’ve learnt at University is that you get out of your experience what you put into it. The more effort you put into meeting new people and joining societies, for instance, the better your experience may be. Or, the more engaged you are with your course, the more you will get out of that. This is, undeniably, something I wish I could have told myself before I started University.  Although I’ve just listed a whole load of things, I actually really don’t have many regrets at all about my time at University, I just wish that I had always taken every opportunity given to me and made the most out of each and every part of my experience, which would be my advice to anyone. 

 

Amelia Stone United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Amelia Stone | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Amelia

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