3 Things I Learned in my 3 Years of University
Three years of study done and dusted. Today, I put on my cap and gown, walked across a stage and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Studies.
What an unforgettable three years it has been. I've made lifelong friends, been taught by some of the industry's best and learned more than can be summed up in a textbook.
Here are 3 life lessons that I learned in my 3 years of uni:
1. C’S GET DEGREES, BUT A POOR WORK ETHIC WON’T GET YOU ANYWHERE
While grades aren’t the be all and end all, you won’t get anywhere unless you have a good work ethic. In my first year, I heard so many people drop the line “Oh well, C’s get degrees” as an excuse to slack off, not show up to class or hand in a below average assignment. While employers may look at your degree itself rather than your actual grades, at university, you’re creating habits and mindsets that you’ll take with you into your professional life. It’s easy to feel like no one will see you turn up to your lectures in your sweatpants and sit on your phone the whole time, but people do. It’s important to remember the people sitting around you in your classes going into the same field as you or professors who have years of experience and an expansive network of connections. People know people and it's so important to be attentive, alert, hardworking and a genuinely nice person.
2. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK PAST THE OPINION AND SEE THE PERSON
One thing I noticed about my friends, and myself, when I started uni was that we became a whole lot more opinionated. On one hand, this showed a bit of maturity - growing up and forming our own opinions instead of taking on our parents’. On the other hand, as we began to cement our personal political and ethical foundations, it became harder to see eye to eye with those who opposed them. I heard people say they could never be friends with someone who voted for so-and-so or believed in something that they didn’t. Our beliefs don’t make those that oppose them any less human and different ways of thinking don’t make people superior or inferior to one another. Each of our decisions, beliefs and opinions are influenced by so many factors from our backgrounds and cultures to our personal experiences. If somebody sees the world differently to me, it is probably because their world is very different to mine.
3. THERE’S SO MUCH I STILL DON’T KNOW
You graduate high school feeling like you know everything. You graduate uni feeling like you know nothing. There are so many facts, opinions, perspectives and histories out there that our human minds could never fully understand. But if anything, uni has made me want to dive deeper and learn more. With unlimited learning resources out there, I want to find ways to keep my brain ticking, grow my understanding and broaden my perspective.