Leaving Uni can be a difficult experience. Although we’ve only just started the Spring semester, I’ve already been emailed regarding registering for Graduation and the thought of leaving Uni is a very sad one for me! However, I’m trying to think positively, so here are some of my tips in case you have been feeling the same.
Keep in touch with friends
I’ve made some truly amazing friends at uni and I know that we will be friends for a long time. In our society we have so many ways to keep in touch with people, such as Skype, Facebook etc. This means that even if your friends are at the other side of the country (or the world!) then you can still be central in each other’s lives. Also, these people are going through the same experience as you so you can rely on them to help you through it!
Don’t be afraid of change
Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Although it may seem scary at first, there are so many opportunities available to you and you should really try and seek these out. Whether you want to get a job, undertake postgraduate study or simply go travelling in an attempt to figure out what on earth you want to do with your life, you are encountering exciting changes that will help to shape your future.
Establish a routine early on
Try not to fall into the cycle of doing nothing. In a situation like this where everything is changing (see the above point), it’s important to establish a daily routine and keep yourself busy.
Do something fun in the summer!
After Graduation it would be great to meet up with friends and do something fun together. You could go to a festival, go on holiday or go to their hometown for the weekend if they’re from a different area! You deserve a break after your years of hard work at uni!
These are just a few tips but I’m sure there are many other ways in which you can get through the process of leaving Uni if you’re worried about it! Remember, Graduation is a day of celebration and it can only lead to more exciting things!
As well as working at 301, I also work as a Residence Mentor at Endcliffe (I still can’t quite believe I am managing it!). I have found it an incredibly rewarding experience, and have met so many friends along the way. Here are some reasons why you should apply to be a mentor, and some tips for the application process!
Why do I enjoy it?
- It is rewarding to support your mentees and help them through welfare concerns and difficult times at university.
- I am able to help out at Residence Life events, as well as put on my own events, gaining event management skills.
- There are so many practical, transferrable skills for my CV, such as time management, organisation, administration and communication.
- I am happy living in a block with other mentors, as I have met so many people and everyone is so friendly.
- The job is not too demanding – it is only two shifts a week and you can easily swap shifts if you need to complete some uni work!
What are some tips for the interview process?
The interview process, for me, was split into two stages: a group interview and an individual interview. This seems like it would be quite a daunting experience, but once you actually sit down in the room, it’s not so bad! My advice would be to keep being yourself, and let your personality shine through. Make sure to get across your viewpoints, but also listen to others and ask those who are quiet about their opinion (as listening is a major part of the role!). For the individual interview, bring in your past experiences as much as you can, giving concrete examples of when you showed excellent transferrable skills. And finally, breathe! They just want to see how well you can communicate and if you’re friendly!
Here you can access more information and apply for the role: http://www.residencelife.co.uk/residence-mentor-role-201718-apply-now_27642
This year I have been able to pick all of my modules- a luxury I’ve never before had the chance to experience. Whilst this is great, pick the wrong modules and you risk boring lectures and bad grades (partly because you spend so much time complaining about it to anyone who will listen rather than studying). I’ve got a few tips on choosing the best modules.
Assessments may be way in the future for most students but this is a crucial part of the selection process. For example, if you hate presentations you probably won’t get the best grade possible. Similarly, if you struggle with revision you may want to avoid that 100% three-hour exam module. Know which assessment method is best for you.
This seems pretty obvious but choose something that interests you. If a topic interests you, it is less of a chore. You will do more research into the topic and that will pay off in terms of your exams. Some of my friends made their choices last semester based on career aspirations and they regretted this once exams came around. You can try several different modules this week if you are unsure as to your interest in a module.
If you decide to change your modules, make sure you use add drop properly. Last semester a friend of mine signed up to a module with a second year code and a final year code. He signed up for the second year code which had implications on his other module choices for this semester (you can only do 1 second year course in final year within my department). Add/Drop is now open and closes at 5pm on Friday 23rd February 2018. Make sure you make any changes as soon as possible so you don’t miss too much of a course.
Some people take courses they have friends in but I advise against this. Yes, it is nice to have someone to walk down with or have a chat in the break but this is not the most important part of the lecture. If you don’t have any friends, you can’t get distracted by them. They won’t be leaning over your shoulder to write the thing they missed from the last slide, which slows you down because you can’t write what is currently being said meaning you miss part of that slide, which your friend also didn’t get because they were copying the last slide from your notes. It’s a viscous cycle. You also won’t miss the lecture just because your friend isn’t going this week.
This is controversial but I base module choices on the lecturers. If they are interesting, you will listen to more of the lecture. You will also feel more comfortable asking them questions and discussing their research. Also, if they send you to sleep, you pay less attention and don’t want to go to the lecture.