Your time at university will pass by a lot quicker than you might think, which is why we wanted to share 6 mistakes you should avoid if you want to make the most of your student years!
Once you’re in your overdraft, it’s very hard to crawl your way back out again, it’s as simple as that. There’s nothing more depressing than working alongside your studies and not see any rewards, as your salary will quickly be eaten up again by your overdraft. Of course, you might not have any choice in the matter, but if you do, don’t fall into the trap.
However, don't forget that those lectures are the reason you’re at university, and you’re paying a lot of money for those precious few hours, so make the most of them. Not only will making sure you attend all your classes mean you won’t feel lost and will therefore feel much less stressed out, going to classes is the opportunity to get to know your classmates. After all, these people have chosen the same degree as you and you might have a lot in common. It also means you can help each other out when it comes to exam time.
Remember, everyone is new and, like you, most people don’t know anyone. Even if you’re in second or third year, it’s never too late. Being part of a university society will allow you to meet new people, go on trips, attend events and can also look impressive on your CV, especially if you decide to become president or hold another important position within the society.
Not having a set routine can make us lazy. The smallest tasks can seem like a massive effort; even just walking into town to post a letter can make us shudder, never mind getting up at 8 am and going to the library all day to study. This is why it’s important to get yourself into a routine, sign up for a sports club or your local gym, or try writing down everything you need to do for the week. This little acts can give your life some structure, stay productive and help you avoid becoming demotivated.
Not only will it show that you are pro-active, motivated and serious about your career, it also proves that you have worked in a specific area and enjoyed the kind of work you carried out, meaning recruiters will be more likely to hire you. If you carried out a summer placement or internship with a large company, they may also be more likely to employ you for a graduate scheme if they know you have previously worked for them.
It can be hard to make time for work experience, especially if it’s unpaid (you are a student after all), but definitely make the effort to gain experience adapted in the area you would like to work in.
We hope these tips have helped you and don't forget that university is a once in a life time experience - make the most of it! :)