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How to get the most out of university: a guide for first year students

Dominik Paulik

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Do you want to live life the fullest during your first year of university?

If you've just started university, then you'll want to get better grades, so that you can succeed.

University work

Don’t worry this part is not about serious coursework, but you should always keep in mind that you have to deal with that too. If you want to get a 1st you need to follow these simple rules:

1. Always be on time

2. Read a lot

3. Do your homework and do extra work out of university when you can

4. Listen carefully

I know it looks much easier than it really is, but following these four steps should help you when exam season comes around.

Getting a job after university

I study at King’s College London and I have experienced the vast amount of possibilities provided by my university which will help me to start building my career. Thanks to the school,  have the opportunities to go to networking events, where I can develop my skills, learn about big companies and hear useful information about getting a job.

The most important thing I've learned is to challenge yourself all the time—get out of your comfort zone because that leads to nowhere. The first step is probably to apply for a part-time job, where you can get experience and move on to bigger firms. After this, you will probably be able to get a more challenging and more serious job or even an internship.

How to spend your spare time

This topic is the most controversial one, different people spend their free time differently. For me doing sports is a priority, but I like chilling and going out mainly during the afternoons, but only after my work is done.

Leisure is all about your hobbies, you should really do what is relaxing for you. Reading, running, writing, watching films or listening to music—it really doesn’t matter, the aim is to switch your brain off and stop thinking during these “activities”. Please give yourself enough time to rest! This is essential to achieve productivity and it's important for your health. (Sadly, I am trying to tell this to myself too.)

Now it's time to create your own plan. Leave a comment below and give me your tips.
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