6 Reasons To Be Glad You’re a Graduate
Make no mistake, uni is undoubtedly one of the best experiences that many of us will have as we teeter on the brink of adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. When the time does eventually come for us to graduate, it is an understandably anxious period.
All of a sudden it’s not acceptable to do certain things now you’ve graduated, and while there may undeniably be a certain amount of truth to them (otherwise, we’d all be playing ring of fire before every night out until we’re no longer vertical), they ultimately only serve to make you more despondent about leaving the party behind.
In solidarity with graduates who feel intimidated about leaving the supposed “safety-net” of uni behind, here’s a brief list of the things you won’t miss about uni.
1. You’re done with exams and deadlines. Forever.
Exams and essays are the two most stressful things you’ll encounter in education – and your whole life up to this point has been plagued with them. And while you should certainly be more prepared for them at uni after five or six years of handing in essays and assessments at school, they don’t exactly get any easier as you progress. Nor do all of us students gain the requisite motivation to actually do them and hand them in on time. Worse, unlike in school, no one will be constantly pushing and nagging at you to revise, it is ultimately all down to you to motivate yourself and decide which areas to develop – an understandably daunting prospect to take on after several years of academic hand-holding.
It’s safe to say you will not be looking back fondly on those all-nighters and revision cramming sessions. But for the first time ever, you’re free.
2. You won’t have anymore pointless, hour-long days.
From a distance, this sounds like quite the boon. After all, less time in class means more time in the union, right? But seriously, think about it; there are few things worse than dragging yourself out of bed early in the morning to attend an hour-long lecture (which usually means it will only last 45 minutes) just to have a power-point presentation read aloud to you. This is doubly bad for those students who live at home and have to get up ridiculously early to catch the morning train just for an hour. Ideally, uni timetables would be more evenly organised and less spread out across the week, and thereby give you both more time study (as you’d likely have more days off) and make you fell as though your time in class was worthwhile (you would have more lectures and tutorials in one day).
3. Tutorials are a thing of the past.
Tutorials, frankly, can go either way. A lot of them can be informative and insightful, giving you a better understanding of your subject and how the work you’re currently doing fits into the grander scheme of things.However, there’s also the kind of tutorials that we don’t so much as attend as survive. You know, the ones where not one student feels compelled to make a contribution, and silence hangs in the air like a bad smell (this is even worse when asked to work in groups), or the ones which basically seem like extended lectures whereby the most challenging thing one must accomplish is to furiously copy down all relevant notes from the projector screen before the lecturer changes slide. Afterwards, of course, you’ll realise this was a massive waste of time as the lecture slides had been available on the student’s portal from the start of term.
4. You can read for fun again.
Everyone loves to read – until they go to university. The sheer amount of reading that you’re required to do probably took you by surprise. After a relatively clean and serene first year, you’re suddenly looking at around 30-40 pages per week – for each subject. Sure, having to read a lot is hardly the worst thing to happen to you, but there’s a difference between analysing academic texts and steadily working your way through a list of novels. Fortunately, you’re now free to do the latter.
5. You’re free from the “poor student” stereotype
Being a student and being poor are seemingly synonymous. After all, there are only so many hours per week that you can reasonably be expected to work while still in education. This was all well and good when you had a summer job in high school and still lived with mum; bit of a problem, however, when you have to pay rent every month, as well as being responsible for your own food. At least when you’re gainfully employed, you won’t have to worry about the cost of a loaf of bread.
6. The University Itself
You may imagine universities to be bustling hives of free-flowing, radical intellectual thought and existentialism, a warm hub where the brightest minds flourish. The reality, however, is a drab, depressing complex of all things grey and beige, where a constant smell of sweat seems to linger in the air like an uninvited guest. As for the rampant intellectualism? The subjects themselves may be fascinating, but outside of class, many just want to talk about hitting the next pub. And it’s probably for the best if you just grin and bear the uni library and their constant lack of whichever book it is you need.
You’ll always miss uni, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be glad it’s over.