What to expect on your course

A wise person once observed that expect nothing and you’d never be disappointed. I’d suggest the same for university life. It helps that you do not come to university with pre-conceived notions of how things are going to be, but rather make the most you can with available means and resources.

I have taught previously, and one thing I have learned from the experience is that everybody has their own ways of approaching things. One size doesn’t essentially suit all. It is important you understand that there might be very few people in your cohort or you may be particularly in a classroom with a large number of students. On the personal front, I come from a class that has a very small cohort, and I’m the only international student. There are, of course, two sides to every coin. While a few cons of my cohort being small is the fact that we’re not given optional modules to choose from, a pro is the fact that we do not have to deal with the logistics of a larger demographic. It depends from person to person and is a matter of perspective, entirely.

 
 

Another thing you must know is that not everything might pan out the way you wish it does. In the case that it does, it is good going for you. If not, do not be disappointed and make the most of it. One of the things that I personally admire at the university is the vast range of resources at the library. Every faculty is also assigned an information specialist that would be able to help you with your course and if you need any assistance for research.

 
 

One of the things you can expect apart from a dedicated library service is departments particularly catering to all of your needs. For instance, I have had the experience of being in the focus groups of the Careers and Employability hub, and they are revamping their entire structure to cater to the needs of students in terms of student jobs and internships. I would suggest that you participate in as much extra-curricular activities as you can. The university almost always has events that are free of cost to attend, plus you learn a lot as well.  Make the most of your time here.

Another thing I have learnt the hard way is that you might not always have the same style of writing as your tutor expects you to have (which is one feeling I’ve caught up largely in the demographics of humanities students especially) and make sure you maintain your individuality. Learn and be fluid, but do not let your voice be muffled. It is fine to disagree, if you understand yourself for who you are.

Enjoy university life as these are going to be the days of your life you look back on years from now and think about. I send you all warmest wishes for spring equinox.

See you on the brighter side of flowers and life,

S.