BY ALİ ADEEB (ARCH/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, Zayan Ahsan, a fourth-year Physics student, gives advice as to how this year’s freshmen can make their university lives a bit easier and less complicated.
A lot of students don’t realize the extent of the effect that university life has on personal development. This period is a transition into adulthood for most people, so much of what you do and become during this time determines what you’ll be like for the rest of your life. This includes matters like how you hold on to what’s important to you: your studies, habits, self-discipline, enjoyments, socializing, etc. The idea is to not develop tunnel vision fixed on one of these things and lose sight of the others. Balance is the key. The company you keep is an important factor affecting this. Good company will help you maintain the right balance, and bad company will disrupt it. Regarding studies, the golden rule is to not miss class. And don’t skip classes to study the material from previously skipped classes. Just force yourself to go. It will always benefit you in the long run. Don’t succumb to the temptation of exchanging long-term goals for temporary satisfaction.
The last major thing that’s important is how you react to failures and downfalls. For some people, a single failure is enough to cause an avalanche due to the way they react to it. If you lose motivation, everything will look like doom and gloom. But no matter how bleak it may appear, there’s always a way to fix things and turn them around. You’ll have to keep going back at it and giving things another try. While this may take some willpower and strength, it’s always going to be worth the effort eventually. Just focus on what’s important to you, and work toward not losing your grip on those things.