UNIVERSITY // Should I Go?, Tips & Tricks and More

Today I wanted to make a blogpost about university, since I do study as well and I did have quite some struggles to be honest and I wanted to share my experience, my thoughts and also tips and tricks with you to help you out if you're starting uni yourself or just need a bit of advice.

Tips & Tricks if you're just starting university:

Tip #1 - Stay organized. Definitely try to keep a diary and write down the things you have to do, write down your exam dates, write down any important dates so you won't forget them.

Tip #2 - Take notes. Try to take notes in your lectures. Not every professor will hand you out papers or will put his presentation online for you to check it out again. And not every professor is going to follow the textbook. Usually, the main things can be found in the textbook but be sure to take notes on the things your professor mentions that are not written down.

Tip #3 - Don't miss your lectures. If you cannot attend your lecture for a good reason, try to get the notes from someone you know as quickly as you can. But do not miss lectures because you're lazy and don't feel like going. Lecture usually are easier to learn from than textbooks or online presentations. If you heard things in a lecture, it will be easier for you to study later on.

Tip #4 - Don't procrastinate. Do your presenations, homework, studying on time. Do not even start thinking "Oh I still have so many days left, I can do it later". NO! Do it right away, study every day some weeks ahead already because before you know it, your test is tomorrow and you didn't even study yet.

Tip #5 - Socialize. As soon as you start uni, try to make friends and socialize to get to know as many people as you can. Trust me, university is so much harder if you don't know anyone or barely any people. The more people you know, the easier it will be for you to ask for notes, communicate about lecture, studying progress, and just get help from others in general. You don't want to be the loner who doesn't know anyone and can't get help from anyone.

Should I go to university?

Nobody can make this decision for you. If there is something you feel really passionate about and you feel like you want to study it - Go for it! No matter what it is, no matter how many people tell you it's a useless subject and it won't help you get a job later on - Do it anyway. Don't listen to other people when it comes to deciding whether to go to university or not. Your parents might think they know what is best for you, but they honestly don't always know. Parents tend to want you to study something like medicine or law, something that will bring you a save job later where you can make a lot of money and have a great life. But this isn't always what we want, am I right? If you have a passion for something, if you have a dream job I recommend you go for it. Follow that dream, try to get a job that has to do with your hobby, your passion. If you feel like uni is not the right thing for you, just don't go. You don't have to go to uni to be successful or earn good money. Best example for that is my boyfriend. My boyfriend did not study at uni, nor does he have an actual degree from any school. He quit school in year 10, two years before graduation. Of course his parents were really upset and told him not to do that, but he left school anyway. He started to work at a company on project management, he did study there, did his training and then worked his way up and now he's in this company for nearly 7 years already and earns good money. This is the best example that no university doesn't equal no job or no money. You definitely can earn good money and find a nice job even without a uni degree. I am by all means not telling you to quit school and do whatever - please do not quit school. But if you are done with school and are caught up between the thought of going to uni or not, then don't feel like you NEED to go to uni. You definitely don't. If you honestly think it's nothing you want to do, don't let anyone pressure you into doing it. This your life, you make your own decision and you have to be happy with them, nobody else.

I'm currently going to university but I want to quit, what should I do?

This is my current situation. I am not sure if I'm still happy with studying law. I feel like university is not really the right thing for me anymore. It is hard when you're 18 and you have to decide whether to go to uni or not and what subject you want to study.. At this point in life you're still figuring out who you are and then you're supposed to decide what to do with your life so quickly. So do not be ashamed if you started uni already and then figure out after a year or two, that this subject is not the right one for you or even want to quit uni completely. If you have another subject in mind, you might as well just switch to another subject to study. If you think you want to quit uni completely - I feel you. I do not see anything else I'd want to study other than law, but no matter how hard I study, I keep failing all my exams. This is quite depressing, as anyone would understand, and I just think that law might not be the right thing for me.. My parents tell me to continue studying law but they don't see what a torture it is for me right now. I usually cry myself to sleep because I am so stressed out about uni and do not enjoy going there one bit. I am still torn between quitting or continuing uni but my heart tells me that if you want to quit - do so. There is no point in studying at university if you don't enjoy it. You have to enjoy what you're doing in order to be successful and live a happy life. Nobody wants to spend their life in a job they absolutely hate. Same thing here - your parents want you to have a good job and earn good money later on, but money isn't everything. I'd rather have to live on a budget and live happily than earn loads of money but live a unhappy life. Happiness is the most important thing in life. Which is why that's my advice to you. Even though I do not know whether to quit or not, I do know that deep inside, quitting would be the right thing to do. I understand nobody wants to disappoint their parents, but trust me, they'll get over it. As soon as they see how much happier you are after quitting, they'll be happy for you as well. Your parents will definitely keep supporting you, no matter what decisions you make, even if it takes them some time to calm down and realize happiness is key to everything.

If you have any more questions about uni, or need advice, be sure to leave a comment below or send me an ask on my Tumblr (x) and I'll be happy to help you! :)

xox, Julia

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