Three Things I Learned In My Third Year at University
(That have absolutely NOTHING to do with my specific course)
My third year at university has been… hectic (and that’s putting it nicely). I’ve never been so busy and stressed, or as productive and driven. The past six months have been an absolute whirlwind of emotions and I’ve learned a few important lessons on the way, so I thought I’d share them with you.
1. DO NOT compare yourself to others on your course.
A little competition is healthy, but if you find yourself holding animosity towards yourself or others for the things they seem to have that you don’t (ie. better grades, super organised, amazing opportunities etc.). STOP. The hostility will only drag you down make make you feel even worse than you did before.
2. GETTING A FIRST is really not that important.
Now I’m not saying you should throw away your degree in favour of a three-year party. BUT, what I am saying is that a first is not the be all and end all of your degree. After speaking with employers and even some of my lecturers, I found that, in the world of work, the gap between a 2:1 and a first really isn’t as big as it seems, and as long as at the end of three years you can say that you did your best, you can be proud of the grade you end up with.
3. WORK EXPERIENCE is so important!
Now on the flip side of that, experience is everything. A person with a 2:1 and tonnes of experience will trump a first with no experience any day. So take up as many extra-curricular opportunities as possible (without completely burning yourself out), your future will thank you.