So, today I spent a few hours thinking of things I thought people would find interesting, while keeping it related to University and College (Steele Rudd college). Because this is my last year, I’ll try to pass on some guide-lines or “survival tips” that I’ve learnt from both college and university life. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be the usual ‘make sure you submit your assignments on time’ lecture, but rather things that I have learned in the early stages of Uni and things I wish I learned sooner than I actually did.
Firstly, invest time in yourself. I see it all too often on college, people needing approval and be liked by other people. While this alone is not a bad thing, those who try too hard for approval often get distracted from their important goal, which for most of us is to achieve a university degree. While wanting to constantly be in the social loop is not terrible, you will either: a) achieve your goal but not to your full potential, or b) become a copycat that everyone loves rather than drawing people who are interested in you.
Secondly, don’t be that guy who has these amazing ideas with no action to follow. The world is full of people like that and I believe it says so much about your character if you say and do. This will make you one in eight people that can be held accountable. Now, this doesn’t always have to be big, like save the world and devote your life, it can be as simple as returning that video to your friend when you said you would.
Thirdly, when you have free time talk to the people you may not necessary talk to, this goes double for those you may classify as “uncool” or not outgoing. I guarantee there’s a lot more to that person than you may expect. For the most part there’s a really good reason why that person is who they are, and spending those extra few minutes talking to that person will really help you to see them in a new perspective. It may help you relate to them better and more importantly, stop you from being an ignorant sheep and judging without proper reason.
Lastly, this may come across as being bad, particularly coming from a college student, but saying ‘yes’ to spontaneous things that occur can sometimes be a good thing. Now, I don’t mean going out partying when you said you were going to study. This means those few times in a year when someone might propose something that’s a little out of your comfort zone or even different again, not just drinking or the opposite sex. In these situations you’ll learn something cool or experience something different. My example would be last year when I choose to participate in a poorly organized but fun road trip with an American exchange student called Christiano. We went to places like the Great Southern Road and Melbourne. The fact that most of it was last minute was kind of what made it exciting and yes a lot of things went wrong but that also added to the fun.
Anyway, I hope my guide-lines for university and college have some meaning to you. Obviously you can and should mold it to properly fit your beliefs or lifestyle. I’d like to finish by leaving you with a few tips myself and the other Rudd RSC (Residential Student Committee) members gave to Steele Rudd about becoming an RSC member.