5 Things You Weren’t Told in High School about Varsity

September 28th, 2015 by Pearson

You may have thanked the heavens the day you completed matric, imagining the amazing university experience you were bound to have. Thought it was going to be like the movies, didn’t you? Complete with tons of parties, being the class genius and graduating magna cum laude. Sure, these things definitely occur at college, but not in the life of one person.

Here’s a list of practical advice varsity students wished they’d heard in high school.

1. You’ll have to work harder to maintain good grades

Regardless of the marks you obtained in matric, chances are you’ll no longer be the smartest student in your class. This makes for an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself. If you still struggle to achieve the results you want, bear in mind that it takes a combination of hard work, passion and effective study methods.

2. Attending classes are essential

Students have employed various methods to avoid lectures, from borrowing notes to relying solely on their textbooks. The reality is that professors often provide hints in the classroom you won’t find anywhere else. In addition, very few people jot down the answers to questions asked during the lesson. You may miss out on explanations of concepts you don’t understand, or a different perspective on certain aspects of a subject.

3. Take advantage of office hours with your lecturers

Your independence will be tested at university. Lecturers try to provide all the information you need in class, but detailed feedback might not be available. Instead of waiting for your marks and being horrified by how low they are when you receive them, ask for help. The ideal time is during office hours. The relationships you build with professors could result in excellent recommendations or references for your CV.

4. Use your free time wisely

It’s your responsibility to decide how best to make use of your time. It needn’t be strictly educational. You can join clubs or social committees. The point is to expand your friendship circle, and invest in relationships that could open doors for you later in your career.

5. These may not be the best years of your life

You may have been promised lifelong friends and the discovery of your true passions in life, but it doesn’t always happen at college. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to have the time of your life. There’s enough stress involved in getting good grades. Focus on that instead. Good things take time and you’ll have many more phenomenal years in store.

More words of wisdom could be added to this list, but learning how to handle life’s challenges is part of the university experience. It prepares you for the unpredictable world of employment. Enjoy the time you have, do your very best and remember that you don’t have to get everything right in one go.