What I Wish I Would Have Known About University

It’s Ok To Take Some Time Off

If you’re like me, you went straight from your high school graduation to your first year of university in less than 2 months. Hell you already had your acceptance letter to university before you even began twelfth grade. It’s okay to take a break! It’s okay to spend a year travelling or work, it’s okay to take the time you need.

You’re Going To Burn Outย 

You could stay on top of your assignments, you could have the perfect balance but you will still burn out. Maybe not at first but as you work your way up the academic ladder you will start to burn out. Whether you are taking too many courses or you are just overwhelmed, it’s okay! Don’t be afraid of your professors, they are there to help and if you show that you are genuine and that youย wantย to succeed they will want to help you. It’s rare you find a professor who doesn’t want to help you.

Someone is always going to try and out do you

Someone is always going to tell you how much better you have it. Someone is always going to tell you that your major or your faculty is stupid and that you aren’t going to get a job, don’t listen to them. There is always something out there. Someone is always going to tell you that what you’re doing “really isn’t that hard”. You could be getting a bachelors degree and someone will tell you they know someone getting a Ph.D so you really have it “easy”, that’s a lie. You are the only one who knows your limits and what is easy for you could be hard for someone else. Don’t listen to the person who constantly tries to put down your accomplishments.

Lastly, you’re going to be alright!

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve almost dropped out of university this year. My best friend told me the other night “just keep telling yourself “can I make it through tonight?” and keep saying that until you get to “can I make it through the next 5 seconds?” because eventually you will be able to say “yes I can make it through” and that’s all you need”. Get a support system, believe me you can’t go through university without one! Don’t lose your social life but have a balance so you can have the grades you want and the fun you need. There will be days you don’t think you can go on, but think about all the reasons you need to. University isn’t for everyone, that much is true but if it’s for you just know it’s a lot of hard work, it’s late nights of paper writing and hours at the library. But at the end of the day, if this is what you want, it will all be worth it in the end.

Michaela Kathleen xo

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