BY TASNEEM AL-GHAMDI (COMD/IV)
For most of us, a new role in life presents a variety of challenges and some surprises, too. Advice from someone who’s already been there can help get us through the rough spots. In the case of university students, who better than seniors to offer the benefit of their experience?
This week, Abdul Ahad, a fourth-year Economics student from Pakistan, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
I’ll break down my advice into three parts. First, studies are important. No matter what you think, no matter how easy your courses are, go to your classes. If you go to class, you’ll have less to cover for your exams, as you’ll already know half of the stuff because you went to class.
Second, try to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people and meet different people. You’ll learn new things and gain some good qualities. Try to participate in clubs and other social activities. It will help you a lot.
Third, and this is what I consider the most important, you evolve constantly, even if you don’t know it. So try to evolve into a better person. Pick up a new habit every now and then, which you know will help you become whatever it is you want to become. Read more; I recently started reading, and it’s an amazing thing, really. I’ve learned about things I never would have thought about if I hadn’t picked up a book.
Always question yourself; if you never question your actions, you’ll never understand why you do what you do. By questioning, you’ll understand how as a human, you’re a constant learner. Once you start questioning yourself, you’ll start understanding yourself.