Advice from the Wise Me

My younger sister is starting university tomorrow along with a couple of other adolescents I know. Even though it has been six years since I was a frosh kid myself, I remember it like it was yesterday. I can totally recall and relate to all the feelings that they are experiencing right now. Thought I’d share the wisdom I had gained from the four golden years of my life. Actually it was just 2 golden years. I hated the first two years as I was depressed and hated uni. Here is how you can circumvent that from happening to you.

I remember on my first lecture of Physical Chemistry, the first thing that the Prof. said was “You are already two weeks behind!”. Yes that is how fast each semester will go, and you will find that you are almost always behind. Keep up with your readings and do not miss any lectures, it’s a pain trying to catch up. Do not leave any assignments to the last minute, as you WILL have a panic attack resulting in physical and emotional breakdown. You will be asked  to submit your assignments on, which will check if you have plagiarized. DON’T forget to Turnitin, like I did in  first year :P.. luckily I had a generous TA who gave me a deal and just took off 5% off the entire report instead of taking off 2.5% for every day I was late. You might not get as lucky. Also, do not go to a concert the day before you have a business plan due. And if you are planning to go snow tubing, call ahead and make sure the resort is open for snow tubing!

The reason I was miserable in the first two years was because I didn’t find people that I can relate with. Sure I had friends in my class, but they only cared about studying (not that I’m saying this is a bad thing) but I needed friends that were a bit more fun, like me :D. The friends you make is what will make or break your university experience, every person that has gone to university will agree with me. It was when I was at my lowest point that God decided to save me from my misery and sent me on a scavenger hunt to find the people that deserved to be my friends : ). From that point onwards I had the time of my life.

The motto at the Engineering faculty is “Work Hard, Play Harder!”.  I couldn’t really party along with my fellow engineers as they wouldn’t have been approved by Zabiha. So my friends and I had to figure out other ways to party halal, which involved exploring various cuisines and DESSERTS!. 😀 Which wasn’t really a good thing in retrospect as it just ballooned our student loan. So here is another advice, if you have any student loans, spend money like you have 10 mouths to feed. Be extremely frugal and pay it off along the way so that you owe NO ONE when you graduate, and trust me that will make your degree all the more sweeter. This would mean the money you earn after you graduate would be ALL yours, every single penny!

Lastly, just to add some cheesiness to this post, follow your heart and never ignore its nudges. If it’s telling you that you don’t like what you are doing, listen to it and don’t force yourself to do something you might end up regretting later on.