What do you wish you knew before starting university?

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So I'm about to start university. What preconceptions did you have that turned out to be false? What do you wish you knew before starting to make university easier?
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Peace/Salaam/Shalom:

I wish I knew two things. First, that not everyone is there for the same reasons! I mean-you'll meet people with no purpose or goals, who along the way, find themselves, you meet those who are not going to last for a number of reasons, you'll meet those who want to just get by, you'll meet the ultra competitive, you'll meet all kinds of people with different studies habits (or lack thereof)...but I think I personally presumed everyone would be serious and committed, and that was not my experience. (some came from wealth, where it was just "expected" that they would go off to the university.)I saw top level students who had come from strict and insulated childhoods, but who, left alone, and away from home, could not deal with the pressures because they had no idea how to build their success independent of their parents. I saw students who perhaps barely made it through to get admitted excel from hard work, you see so many different kinds of people!

I also wish I had known about the importance, early on, of maximizing the time between classes, to study, get caught up, or read ahead. Its easy to spend that time blowing off time with friends.(or to let your time get wasted by those who will only come to disturb you from studying while they are taking their break from studying!!! .)

So those are two things I wish I knew before I started uni! (I have lots more things, but decided to limit it to just two)

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So I'm about to start university. What preconceptions did you have that turned out to be false? What do you wish you knew before starting to make university easier?
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Peace/Salaam/Shalom:

I wish I knew two things. First, that not everyone is there for the same reasons! I mean-you'll meet people with no purpose or goals, who along the way, find themselves, you meet those who are not going to last for a number of reasons, you'll meet those who want to just get by, you'll meet the ultra competitive, you'll meet all kinds of people with different studies habits (or lack thereof)...but I think I personally presumed everyone would be serious and committed, and that was not my experience. (some came from wealth, where it was just "expected" that they would go off to the university.)I saw top level students who had come from strict and insulated childhoods, but who, left alone, and away from home, could not deal with the pressures because they had no idea how to build their success independent of their parents. I saw students who perhaps barely made it through to get admitted excel from hard work, you see so many different kinds of people!

I also wish I had known about the importance, early on, of maximizing the time between classes, to study, get caught up, or read ahead. Its easy to spend that time blowing off time with friends.(or to let your time get wasted by those who will only come to disturb you from studying while they are taking their break from studying!!! .)

So those are two things I wish I knew before I started uni! (I have lots more things, but decided to limit it to just two)
Thank you.
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You are very welcome.

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How diverse people are like the post above mentioned. Also having bad flat mates can mess up the entire experience.
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How diverse people are like the post above mentioned. Also having bad flat mates can mess up the entire experience.
Thanks, I'll take that into consideration.
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Do not miss classes/lectures. Drag yourself there even if you are dying, hungover, in your pyjamas or haven't even brushed your teeth - just get to them.
Find people to eat lunch with to make friends quickly on your course.
Do your readings!!
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