Last night when I should have been working on my confirmation paper corrections, I ended up logging into Facebook instead. To my surprise a memory popped up: My photo of graduation day, seven years ago yesterday! Wow! Seven years since I graduated. It doesn’t seem like a lot has changed since I am still chasing deadlines attempting to write papers that make some sort of sense to three professors.
Any how, I thought it’s a nice little occasion for me write seven things I have learned about university life. In the hope that you, dearest younger reader, can take some of these onboard.
- The friends you make in uni can become life long friendships, they become siblings and soul mates. Don’t let the little things of day-to-day uni life get between you.
- You’re not the same person you came into university when you leave. It is, after all, a learning journey and lots of self discovery on the way
- It’s true when we say real learning experiences come after graduation, but if you go to the right institution, every experience within and outside the university walls is a lesson. The good, the bad, and the very bad.
- Take part in every activity, every picnic and take every opportunity that comes your way. I regret every single picnic I passed because of a deadline. Mind you, I did go to most of them! It takes one very difficult module and a hefty deadline for me to pass on manjals of Dolma from Slemani, Hawler and Kirkuk.
- You will love some of your courses, and you will probably feel like strangling the heart of other courses–as if they were a living creature. That’s the entire point, in the end you will know where your passions are.
- Be who you are. Don’t try to please people, wear what you’re comfortable in. And yes, wear the same shoes five times a week and repeat the same top three times a week. Who cares?!
- What you do in university may not necessarily reflect what you will do after uni. However, so often, something happens during your university life that will lead you to a certain direction, or . I do not practice in the field that I graduated from. But in my first year of university I became involved in peer education, and it has become my career, my field of interest and a big part of my life now.
Lots of love from
My Nest in Kurdistan