10 Vital Lessons All Graduates Could Teach Freshers
It’s an exciting time of year for freshers. Not so much for graduates.
Graduates all over the land are looking up from yet another job application and remembering the lessons university taught them. Oh, what we would have said to our younger selves to prepare us.
1. At least try and learn a few decent recipes. Seriously.
This will make things so much easier, you don’t want to live off pasta and beans forever.
2. Prepare for the flu because you will get ill.
And unlike before your parents aren’t around to look after you and make you soup.
3. Join a society.
University is a time to try new things, and you may find a new hobby or activity you like. For me, it was writing for the university magazine. But, don’t join something you really don’t get just because others are. Be yourself.
4. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone is having the time of their lives. University life can be difficult.
Once the initial thrill wears off, there will be things that annoy you. That flatmate who leaves their dishes in the sink; the first socials and lectures that are awkward as hell; and the joker who sets off the fire alarm at stupid o’clock in the morning.
5. Although everybody says ‘first year doesn’t count’, it does.
It is your chance to get to grips with academic skills and get feedback on your work. You don’t want to start second year not knowing where the books for your subject are in the library, or facing Harvard referencing for the first time.
6. There’s no point in saying “I’m never drinking again” because you will.
7. Deadlines will bring out a side of you you never knew existed.
God help anyone who gets in your way.
8. When people say they “haven’t started yet” they are lying.
So don’t use it as justification for not starting yet yourself.
9. Napping is necessary.
It’s that or cups and cups of coffee you can’t afford (and have to hide behind your sleeve/scarf/laptop to get into the library).
10. And by the time the Christmas holidays arrive, you’ll organise a secret santa (with strict price limit) before heading home to family who will gasp at how thin/fat you now are.
A (not jealous) 2014 Graduate