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15 Unexpected Lessons You Learnt at University

How naive we were at the start of university. So much enthusiasm and excitement. Little did we know how it would end up, and the lessons we would learn…

1. Not everyone is just like you.

You expect the whole student body to be on the same wave length and to immediately gel with the people you’re lumped with. But whereas you may be there to knuckle down and study, others will be there to have fun.

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2. You are truly on your own.

The sooner you understand that you can’t rely on your parents for help, the better. Forget your hopeless crushes or your ridiculous fights with your BFF, the absence of mum and dad will be the real you experience.

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3. But you make up for it by creating your own adoptive family. 

You’ll revise together, eat together, live together and cry together. You will practically do everything with them. And although one day you’ll be living far away from one another and living your own lives separately, they will always be the best friends you ever made. As long as they promise to keep your embarrassing secrets.

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4. Time is precious.

Hermione’s Time-Turner is a thing you will wish for multiple times. 24 hours just isn’t enough.

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5. You learn to multi-task.

Recover from hangovers. Revise. Do the cooking. Shower. Do the washing up. Meet friends. Hydrate yourself. Go shopping. All without breathing.

Then start all over again.

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6. You can revise anywhere and everywhere. 

In the library, on a train, in your room, at the park, at the airport, at the beach, at dinner, in bed, in the bathroom, while walking to the supermarket – even while sleeping. Always revising.

 

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7. Coffee is the way.

That will be your new motto. An intravenous injection of coffee or anything that contains caffeine will save your day.

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8. You can (almost) cook decently.

A few disasters later, you’re not half bad.

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9. Lecturers can let you down. 

You are that kind of person who worships professors and just can’t wait until they open their mouths. And when they do, you wish they hadn’t. Your world starts to crumble.

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10. And they have the power to make you feel like the incarnation of stupidity.

Probably just getting payback for the previous point.

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11. You study a lot of useless things.

Five years from now you will have forgotten half of the things you learned and you won’t even need the other half because what job actually requires an in-depth knowledge of Socrates?

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12. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and useless.

Stress and anxiety attacks you from all angles. What if no one likes me? What if I never find a job? Am I wasting my time? HELP.

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13. You will regret going to university at least once.

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14. You are more determined than you thought.

However bad things could get, in the end you made it.

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15. And you know that after graduation, everything will be a mess.

Believe it or not, you will  be more confused than when you were at 18.

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