No Regrets – 5 University Regrets You Want to Avoid
It seems that the introductions of all my recent blog posts have referenced the fact that this is my final year at university…and this one is no exception. This week, I am going to throw out there five different regrets that you don’t want to have when your time at uni comes to an end:
It’s no lie that Warwick has a TON of student societies – in fact, I think it has more than any other uni in the UK – so make the most of that! Societies are a great way to meet people with similar interests and they also give you things to do: performances, nights out, balls, activities. Don’t leave it til it’s too late to get involved!
Although it’s unlikely that you will forego all of your contact hours, it can be very easy (especially in first year if you follow the mentality of ‘I only need 40%’) to not bother showing up to a lot of seminars and lectures. Despite the obvious reasons that a) you are paying to be at university, so you may as well make the most of it and b) you won’t be developing or learning anything, absence also perpetuates a vicious circle. If you don’t show up, then you don’t get the set work for that week which means you don’t want to attend the following week and so the cycle continues. In short, although bed or the afternoon sesh seems more appealing, lectures are really worth your time.
Sorry if I sound like a low-budget motivational speaker, but university is all about developing yourself. This is to say that you should pursue your own interests and get involved with what you want to do, not what your flatmates or course-mates want to do. I know of far too many people who were pretty disappointed with their first couple of years at uni because they just followed the crowd. Take control of your own interests and you will get a lot more enjoyment out of your time.
As you will probably already know about the job market of today, experience is everything. Moreover, university is the perfect place to gain these sorts of experiences. That’s not just to say work experience either. Naturally, unis offer a lot of paid working opportunities that you can add to your CV but there are other options available which look just as impressive: voluntary/fundraising programmes, executive roles in societies, membership on various teams and committees and so much more. University is a time when so many opportunities to which you can put your name come your way, don’t miss the chance to own something!
No doubt it sounds appealing and, don’t get me wrong, there are certainly days when everyone deserves to lie in for as long as they like, but making this a habit is not recommended for anyone. For one thing, as I’m sure you’ve heard, you can achieve so much more in a day if you rise earlier but also, studies have shown that people who routinely sleep in til after 11am feel less energetic and less motivated. Let’s not go crazy and start getting up at 6 every day but uni will be one of the best times of your life, you don’t want to spend 80% of it asleep!