They say that your student years are some of the greatest of your life. Having done not one, but two degrees I can attest to this fact. Your student years are also a time when you experience a great deal of freedom, with your biggest commitment being an essay deadline. Don’t take this for granted.
Looking back on my time at uni I’ve had a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot. But there are also some things I’ve missed out on too. If I could do it all again these are the pieces of advice I’d follow:
Get involved in the student community
Throughout my time at university I’ve been heavily involved in the student community. In addition to being an active member of the university societies I’ve also participated in focus groups and held a role as class rep for my course.
Since starting my Masters I’ve also become a member of RGU Snowsports and if there’s one thing I regret it’s not trying my hand out at sports earlier. I’d always been too intimidated to join thinking these clubs were reserved for seasoned pros – but that’s just not the case at all. Everyone is incredibly friendly and each sports club forms it’s own tight knit university family.
Stand for something
University years are a brilliant time to stand for a cause. So many of my friends took part in amazing feats like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or sponsored cycles around the world to raise money for their chosen charities. Raising money for your cause doesn’t have to test your physical boundaries – it can be as simple or complicated as you like.
During my time on my Saltire Scholarship I skydived from 12,000 feet in San Diego and organised a bake sale in our apartment block, which raised over $500. For the past two years I have also championed the Saltire Foundation at RGU and wherever else I can find anyone that will listen!
Whatever you choose you can take great satisfaction in the knowledge that you’ve contributed your time and efforts to something bigger than yourself. As an added bonus you can also log any hours spent volunteering towards Saltire Awards and RGU’s own Extra Curricular Award.
Don’t be afraid of other people’s opinions
University is a time of reinvention and being comfortable in your own skin. Please don’t be afraid to embrace that for the amazing opportunity that it is. Become part of a community that resonates with your interests and beliefs. Offer your opinions in classes. Most importantly, have fun because this experience will eventually come to an end and I want you to look back on it knowing it was lived on your terms.