Faculty: Lord Ashcroft International Business School
10 July 2017
2015 was an exciting year for me. I started university and moved to a new country (the perfect mixture of terrifying and exciting you need in your life, right?).
My name is Michelle, I’m a 2nd year BSc (Hons) Business Economics students in ARU. My first year was filled with lots of awkward, fun and challenging moments. I’ve made a list of the things with I wish I had known before starting university. In no particular order, I’ve come up with my top 5 to make your uni life a bit easier!
- It’s OK being lost... in every sense of the word
It’s a new environment and many things are going to be different. You’ll find yourself lost more than once and that is ok. Besides taking ages to find the lecture room on your first day, you’ll realise there are lots of things you don’t know about yourself or ordinary activities (like operating the washing machine or cooking). Embrace it, find humour on it and learn because that is why you are here. University will give you textbook knowledge but if you do it right, it will give you experiences that’ll teach you so much more.
- Find the bliss point
University it’s a time to get out there and meet everyone, get involved and rule the world…BUT you still need to hand that assignment. Try to find a balance between your social and academic life. Don’t stay out of it and overdo university but don’t neglect uni and live only for the 'university experience'. Don’t burn out on any area of your life, find the right balance, the bliss point that will allow you to make the most out of it.
- Schedule your way through life
Organise yourself and you are halfway there... right, maybe I’m overselling it a bit, but learning to organise yourself it’s so valuable and a life skill. Get used to scheduling all your activities (*most of them) even your revision times – be specific, write exactly what you are planning to revise and where!
Scheduling your activities will help you prioritise task and ultimately manage your time. This will come very handing around finals. The calendar app on your phone? It’s actually useful, and there are many other fun ways of doing it; like bullet journaling (my current obsession)
- Reach out
Everyone in ARU is ready to help you and hoping to make this the best experience, but you need to talk it out. Talk to you lecturers, schedule meetings, talk about your struggles so a solution can be found. Whatever you are struggling with, chances are you are not the only one so do reach out to the people around you.
- First year doesn’t count …. but knowledge does!
Right we need to discuss this. You’ll be told that first year doesn’t count and you only need to pass, but you kinda need to know first year to survive second year (and by kinda I mean you totally need to know it). So, don’t skip classes and take first year for granted because it’s the building foundation of your degree (boring I know but bear with me). Having a good foundation will make second year so much more enjoyable when all the fancy stuff comes in. Be consistent on your studies and you’ll be fine.