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I learned a lot during my time in higher education; some of which I realised fairly quickly, however, other lessons took a little longer to work out.
Here are just some of them.
1. The nervous first year student at matriculation and the new graduate receiving their degree four years later will not be the same person.
2. You will have doubts about your course/life/direction/goals.
3. If you get through university and are able to look after yourself through cooking, general hygiene and handling money responsibly, then you will know more than a great number of people in the UK, and indeed, the world.
4. Your Student Loan will take a while to pay off, but you WILL pay it off.
5. You will make post-university plans that you won’t stick to, and this is ok.
6. You will not walk into your perfect job after graduating, this will take time.
7. It’s never too late to change your mind.
8. Don’t listen to other people when they tell you that you can’t do something, such as travelling or moving away. This is your life, live it your way.
9. You will have to take a job for the money, and not for the thrill of the job.
10. You will lose touch with friends from university; this is natural.
11. Find a good hobby; it will keep you occupied.
12. Change is normal, don’t fear it.
13. Find your comfort zone and destroy it. Comforts can only hold you back.
14. You might have to start all over again.
15. People change and outgrow each other, it’s painful, but it happens.
16. Never lose sight of your goals.
17. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
18. Take a risk, because failing at something is not the end of the world.
19. Jealousy does awful things to people; rise above it.
20. Know your worth; never undermine yourself or undervalue what you mean to others.
21. Don’t drink too much. Save your money and spend it on something more useful than a hangover.