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The following article is written by Jess Holsman, Deakin psychology graduate and founder of YouTube’s ‘Study With Jess’, where she gives advice to thousands of students around the world on effective study.
The start of a new academic year brings with it new and exciting opportunities, especially if you happen to be venturing into the university grounds for the very first time! While it’s easy to forget when you’re staring at a pile of textbooks that are stacked up on your desk from week one, there is more to university life than attending lectures, reading countless articles and completing large assignments. University life is meant to be fun! The transitional phase from high school to starting a degree can be one of the most exciting times for many students who are eager to break away from their tight-knit group of high school friends and immerse themselves in the university culture.
So what is the key to enjoying university life? What makes attending university one of the most memorable experiences you will have in your young adult life? In order to make the most of your time at university, it’s imperative that you open yourself up to experiencing the university’s culture and all that it has to offer.
Perhaps it is because of the enormous focus on getting good grades in our final year of high school, that from time to time, extra-curricular activities and opportunities to show school spirit – or in this case, university spirit – unfortunately get overlooked. Unlike your high school years however, your time at university is significantly shorter and can very easily pass you by, so make sure you take full advantage of everything your university has to offer. What’s more, getting involved in campus life will enrich your overall experience, providing you with an outlet from your studies, stronger friendships and support networks, and opportunities for self-development.
'In order to make the most of your time at university, it’s imperative that you open yourself up to experiencing the university’s culture and all that it has to offer.'
Deakin University graduate
There are many opportunities to get involved. In fact, chances are that a number of them will spark your interest! Nowadays, there seems to be a club for everyone at university! Whether you are looking to join an interest-based group such as dance or film, an activity-based club such as football or dodge ball, or a club grounded in social or political causes, joining a club is an excellent way to meet like-minded individuals who share your passions. On the rare occasion that there isn’t already a club that caters to your needs, there is always the opportunity to fill that gap and start one with the support of your peers! Additionally, the buzzing campus culture means there are regular opportunities to attend events and games, special lectures, take part in competitions, host charity drives etc.
Getting involved in a range of activities will benefit you in many ways and help to shape your overall experience. Exposing yourself to numerous opportunities to get involved will no doubt also come in handy in the future. Rather than choosing to only take part in activities that you feel will directly assist you in progressing further down a particular career path, open yourself up to the possibility of taking part in something that genuinely interests you, whether it be academic or creative. All skills you learn throughout life are transferable. If for example you are drawn to the idea of joining the dance team but are unsure of how furthering your rhythmic and choreographic skills will directly benefit your degree, remember to keep in mind that you may indirectly acquire other skills, such as those of leadership and teamwork – two skills that are necessary and highly regarded in the workforce.
Have a think about how you might like to get involved in campus life and be open to the many benefits that it can bring.
Best of luck with your studies!
Xo Study With Jess
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