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Things To Do Before You Leave University

In the spirit of Y.O.L.O (You Only Live Once)

BY Agnes Amondi

Sep 07, 2021, 10:15 AM

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Going to university is just one of those life experiences you don’t want to miss out on. There are a lot of things you hear about uni life but most people are just excited anyway by the thought of just being there.

And so when you walk in through the doors of higher learning, it feels as though the four years, or whatever duration it might take, will go on forever. You might find yourself caught up in the confusions of freshman year, the thrill of being a sophomore and perhaps a junior and by the time you realize it, you are a senior knocking on the exit door.  

So if you are just joining or already in session, here are a few things you should consider doing.

Check Your Student Email

I just had to lead with this. Your student email is like those Monday and Friday morning assemblies you had in high school. All the goings-on are updated through email. The notice on your fee increment is sent here so before you complain about the administration not telling you about important issues, do due diligence. More to that, it’s a treasure trove of everything from upcoming events to job vacancies. So do look it up.

Take A Campus Tour

There are students who literally spend four years on campus and can’t show a visitor where the library is. Walk every inch of your uni and know what’s going on. If you have time to know all the restaurants and bars around your uni, you can surely find time to learn what’s inside your university.

Research Your Career

This is one of the most important things you’ll do for yourself. Most people choose career programs with a lot of idealism as to what they’ll be once they are done. So knowing what your chosen path entails in terms of the skills needed, job prospects, the landscape of your industry e.t.c will give you an idea of whether this is something you really want to pursue.

Prepare Your CV

Don’t wait until you have to send a curriculum vitae to put one together. Start early because it’s not really easy writing that two-page document. You want to write something that sells you properly. Something that shows you understand what you are applying for. Practice makes perfect.

Take Courses Outside Your Program

This is a really nice way of expanding your horizons. You might be surprised to find that you are interested in things beyond the program you enrolled on. It also indicates that you are open to new ideas, you are well rounded and have varied interests.

Go For Internships

Don’t wait for your fourth year when you have to fulfil your course requirements to get into the world of interning. Get in your first office experience as early as possible. Know your industry as early as possible, the people in it and find out whether this is what you really want to do long-term.

Join A Club

University courses have a heavy workload. It’ll really do you good if you have something else to occupy your mind. Be part of a sports team, a club, or any other co-curricular where you can bring out your more adventurous side, let loose and most importantly, be part of a community.

Do Collaborations

Whether this is a group assignment for a class or a passion project outside your academic commitments, find and bring people together to do something exciting. Even if it’s just exploring your interests, you do it. You’ll be amazed by what you can do and the friendships you can forge.

Debate 

Yes. It can just be in a class session or in the campus auditorium/hall. Whatever the subject matter is, try to formulate an argument and present it in front of your peers. You don’t have to be good and how will you be good if you don’t even try? Give yourself a chance. If you can handle the pressures of a debate, chances are that you can handle just about anything.

Try Business

Most universities have programs that encourage students to venture into business. Students can bring items and sell them on campus premises to their peers. Be one of those who can create noise around a product, attract interest, open and close a deal. You never know who you are selling to and who’s watching. 

Transform Your Wardrobe

Uni students want comfort first before anything, moreso with what they wear. You want the ripped jeans, a t-shirt, baseball caps, shorts and all. No problem. But remember you need to have a couple of workwear outfits. Ones you can wear when attending a career fair for instance or to an interview. Do it when you still have ample time to find good pieces. Don’t wait until you get that call from HR. 

Graduate

In the midst of all the chaos, hopefully, you remember to work on that degree that you are heavily paying for, get to wear that gown, take the walk and throw that hat off in the air.