Saturday, 1 February 2020

11 Qualities/Skills which will help you get through university

Qualities and skills which will help you get through university

Today, I'm writing about eleven qualities and skills which will help you get through university. You will further develop these qualities while at university. However, these qualities/skills will just help you with the transition to university. 

1. Time Management Skills

Your timetable will not be the same every semester. Sometimes, your timetable may suddenly change. Also, you may have work or other hobbies that you want to fit around your studies. So, you really need to manage your time well. Having a diary or a calendar will help a lot with time management. 

2. Reading Skills

Building your reading skills is crucial. Finding the enjoyment of reading about your chosen topic will make your studies easier. Plus, when you get recommended reading (which really helps in understanding the topics better) you will more likely be able to do it. If you want to get through university, then you have to develop your reading skills. 

3. Organisation Skills 

Organisation skills are CRITICAL. From organising your timetable to independent study, to extra-curricular activities, to different modules; being organised is extremely important. 

4. Commitment 

You will need commitment. Commitment to complete the tasks required. Commitment to your course. Commitment to do extra study. Commitment to get the task(s) completed even when you don’t have the time or energy. 

5. Opportunities 

Grab every opportunity available. Don’t just study or spend twenty-four hours in the library. Instead, try new things and get yourself out there. Don’t be afraid of trying new things. Don’t be afraid of going outside of your comfort zone. 

6. Energy 

You’re going to need a lot of energy. Especially when you have been working for too long. I find that nearing the end of a semester or start of the holidays, you become lazier and try to put off doing things. During this time, you will need every energy possible. Also, if you complete your work at the start of your holidays then you can relax for the rest of your holidays.

7. Optimism 

You will feel down about grades or not doing the best you can. You will feel like anything you do is not worth it. You will have a lot of down days. But, be optimistic. During these moments, don’t forget all of the highs and positives. University isn’t meant to be an easy experience or a walk in the park. University will be filled with the highs and lows, the sunshine and the thunderstorms. Just know, it will get better. YOU CAN DO IT. 

8. Acceptance 

Something which can be extremely difficult at times. Accept yourself for who you are. Don’t care about what others will think of you. Don’t care about anyone watching you. Accept yourself, love yourself, and see how confident you feel.

9. Belief 

Believe in yourself. You got through school and college, you got the grades, and now you’re at university. Don’t fear that you will not be able to do it because you CAN do it and you will! Some people have been out of education and some people transition straight to university from college. Whatever your journey, just have belief. Believe that whatever happens, happens for a reason. Wherever you’re meant to be, you’ll get there, one way or another.

10. Resilience 

Don’t ever let the situation win. Instead, get back up and try to handle the situation as best as you can. Learn to adapt to all types of situations. Don’t let the fear get the better of you. 

11. Perseverance 

Probably one of the most important ones today. Keep going and pushing on. Even if you despise the topic you’re studying, just keep going. Take it one step at a time. If you really don’t like a module you’re doing and can’t do anything about it, try to keep going; no matter how hard or difficult it can be. Once you complete your work, trust me, you’ll feel great! A piece of advice of mine is don’t start panicking. Once you start panicking, you won’t be able to carry on or think with a clear mind. So try to carry on as best as you possibly can. Also, there will be help available if you need it; so, don't be afraid to reach out.

I hope this post helps you. What qualities or skills do you think are important to develop before starting university? 

Thanks for reading!
Until next time, take care, and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose

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