Time flies. One day I’m cheerfully hopping along the path to kindergarten and now I’m already a freshman in university the next.
I had been really looking forward to university life though. After my SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) examinations, I had a five month-long break in which every day was like torture to me. I would wake up each day, not knowing what to do, lazing around the house, doing menial chores etc. Sure, I got a part time job as a maths tutor, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy my hunger for freedom. I’d been on a rigid schedule for almost 13 years already! Who doesn’t hope for a bit more freedom? On the occasions that I get to hang out with my friends, I’d go join them, but to feel empty afterwards just the same.
Now that I’m here, I feel elated to be part of the community of students again. I don’t know about you, but I like to keep myself busy, because it helps keep my brain active. Plus, being here now in a totally new environment forces me to be independent and make new friends, so that’s definitely a bonus.
University is more than just dwelling and doing well in the academia. It also includes networking, holistic development and character building of an individual and many more aspects. As much as a person would like to, he or she cannot just dwell on their studies all the time as it’s not enough. Studying isn’t everything, don’t forget about making friends and building character. Your university life would surely be boring if you’d just studied all the time and didn’t give thought to anything else. All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy after all. Besides, the working world in this day and age demands students who are creative and are problem solvers. Here are some qualities a good student applicant should possess in this day and age.
Humans are social creatures, whether we like it or not, so making friends and networking is the way to go. On the other hand, one cannot just socialise all the time and neglect their studies. As much as networking is important to a person, this doesn’t secure your place in the university as universities are a place to grow and mature in thought and actions. It’s all about seeking a balance between the two.
We had a campus tour today and I also managed to make a bunch of new friends. Although we were initially forced to sit together in a circle and that we had to introduce ourselves like we did back in primary school, we still had fun the whole time. I feel that sometimes this kind of forced interaction is good, in a sense that it pushes you out of your comfort zone so that you can meet more people outside your circle. Moreover, it quells an awkward mood or tension between strangers. I personally don’t like the idea of only mixing around in your own friendship circle as it primes you to think that you’re already “good enough” and that “these guys are the only pals I need”. It’s good to be exposed to a variety of people so that you’ll know which type of people you’re more comfortable mixing around with and which are the types that you should avoid.
You should make friends with everyone. Don’t just make friends with people fom your own faculty or class. Don’t be picky when choosing friends and never judge a person based on their looks. Who knows? Your life-long bestie could be studying something you never even heard of. Beauty fades, and that’s not important in the long run, but a good personality can last you a lifetime. Even if you’ve found your bestie, don’t be complacent and stop making friends. The friends in university are the friends that will tide the storm and share their happiness with you unlike in primary or secondary school. So never take them for granted.
So, what can you take away from this article? Study smart, play hard, mature and make lots of friends.
The time you spend in university is short, but everyone I know who’s been always tells me the same thing: The period of being in university is the best time of your life. You get to grow, physically (maybe) and mentally (definitely) and even have fun in the process. So be sure to make it count.