The Do’s and Don’ts in uni
When you start university, the whole experience is a new thing. You’re not used to being away from your loved ones and the campus is definitely big. The lecture halls hold in roughly 100/200 people where you were only used to having a class of 30 back in school.
There are certain things you can do to make sure you have an amazing time at university.
1. Attend as many lectures as you can – You will probably find that for some lectures, they may not take the register. For my course, I have been lucky in the sense that they’ve recorded most of the lectures. This has meant even if I’ve missed one, I can go back to it to catch up. But also during exam season, I tend to watch all the lectures all over again just to make sure that I understand the material and haven’t missed anything out.
Make sure you don’t let the amount of lectures missed, pile up. The lecturers are giving you the freedom here to decide for yourself and they trust that you will revise the lectures in the way you learn best, therefore you should make good use of this. Not all departments record the lectures, hence it might be different for you.
2. Do your reading around – Especially for my course, I have found that there are so many books around the topics taught in certain modules. This has meant that I try to do my reading around to make sure that I am understanding the whole concepts better. This is something I’d advise you do throughout the degree as I am now in Term 3 and for one particular topic, I am struggling, but I’ve left it until late to go over the extra reading. Don’t do what I did. Make sure you start your reading as soon as possible.
3. Make use of all the societies and extra curricular – There are so many societies that you could choose from! This is something I have emphasised in previous posts as well, but some of the societies can help towards your careers progression also. This includes Pre-med society, St John’s first aid society and many more. There are also certain extra qualifications and sessions the university runs to boost the employability skills. This year for example they were running Microsoft Office sessions where you could get a qualification at the end of it. This would look amazing on a CV!
4. Social life – They say that the friends you make at uni are for lifetime and I would agree with that. With the friends I have made over the past couple of years, we’ve already made plans of what we’d do once we graduate and these plans include us working together in the future also.
5. If you’re struggling emotionally in terms of being away from home, all the exam stress or anything else, make sure you let people know. Particularly during exam season, you need to make sure that you always give priority to your health. Mental health is something that is always in the news now, because the number of students having these difficulities has increased over the years in the UK. However, as a university they have assistance, including the Warwick Nightline as well as the Mental Health and Wellbeing office.
Don’t keep the things, that bother you or that you find difficult, to yourself. You should always let someone know how you feel.
6. Support – When you get to the stage where you’re looking to apply for placements and internships, make sure you speak to the careers advisor and maybe obtain support from your personal tutor as well as departmental staff that you know will help. This should make the applications a little easier and they’ll be able to provide support with assessment centres and interviews as well.
Don’t try to do this all by yourself as the tips and advice you can receive could help you in terms of the applications. Employers will be getting a few, if not many applications and you want to increase your chances of being successful.
7. URSS – There are certain departments that you’d be able to take a summer research project under. In my department, for example, a lot of my lecturers are running these programmes over the summer and a lot of my friends have signed up for those. You will develop great, interpersonal skills through this placement and definitely something you can talk about during interviews/on your CV.
If any of you have any questions regarding student life then please get in touch.