Can’t believe half of my uni life is over! Only 2 years left till I get my degree, and I’m really going to cherish the remaining time. It feels like it was only yesterday that I sat down and posted on what I learnt during my freshman year. Well, I wrote about six things I tookaway during my freshman year, so here’s 6 things that I took away from a very happening sophomore year!
Similar to my last point in my freshman takeway post, I can’t stress how important this is. It is okay to rest. I have a Korean exchange friend and we spent quite some time together this semester, and a favorite line of his’ is: 잠 올때 자야지’ which literally translates to: When Sleep Comes, You Have to Sleep. So basically if you feel sleepy, just sleep. And in the beginning, I always felt like it was such a sin to just forsake everything and sleep. But what I realized is, if I’m so tired and struggling to fight off the sleepiness while studying, my studying isn’t productive at all. I am just wasting time. So sleeping, even for 10 minutes, recharges me and helps me concentrate better later. Even though there are times where 10 min naps become an hour, I’ve never regretted them! It is okay to rest guys, you don’t have to be studying 24/7!
You meet so many different people in college, it’s crazy. Some people you meet will never match your personality, and that kinda sucks especially when you’re doing group projects or when you have to work with them in the same club. It’s never going to be easy especially when you
Looking past your differences is going to be difficult, but it definitely matures you as a person
decide to want to do more things in your second year. The more you want to achieve, chances are, you’re going to meet more people. Remind yourself that everyone’s different and know that everyone you meet teaches you a lesson. Don’t snap and ruin relationships, they may be important in the future!
University is a place full of resources, make sure you make full use of it. Be it a school project or even a personal project, get softwares for free, get resources online, like academic journals, articles etc. You can read them for free because you paid your school fees!! Don’t go through college without tapping on the resources that YOU paid for! Places where you can sit and do work, wifi, charging ports, make sure you use them! My residence hall organized several cooking sessions and I signed up for them and learned how to make pasta from scratch, and even make shepherd’s pie! Look for these events in school and just go and enjoy them!
During the second semester of my sophomore year. I only took 12 credits worth of classes. I had a headstart in my freshman year so this was possible. I initially signed up for 15 credits worth, but this one class was simply not my style, in a sense. I didn’t like the class, the topic and how the class was conducted. I went for classes up until the add/drop period, and dropping it was really a struggle for me! I knew I had to work harder the next few semesters but, I didn’t want to attend a class I didn’t like. I know it sounds like a luxury, but if possible, go for the classes you really enjoy, or not hate, lol! It was a great decision though, because it freed me up for other stuff, like travelling!
By this time in life, you’d have lots of friends, I’m assuming. But sometimes you can’t invest in all the friendships in your life, because of different reasons, clashing schedules, not enough time etc. My logic is this: if the friend is always complaining and having issues with you living your life, chances are, that friend is only thinking about him/herself. People that enter and leave your life teach you a lesson, and I guess that’s what I learnt the most this sophomore year.
It’s normal to have friends slowly exiting your life. Focus on the ones that stayed, not the ones that left.
People you thought that could be friends with until the end, suddenly show their true colors. You’d get disappointed by that, but remember if they can’t respect you and your lifestyle, your decisions, my guess is, somewhere in the future, the friendship is going to end either way. So pick yourself up, invest in people who truly care for you and are not self-centered. Friends, they come and go.
In my freshmen year, I didn’t attend orientation camp, and I didn’t have a lot of friends/connections during my first year of uni. I was okay with it until I decided, I didn’t want to spend my four years just listening to lectures, going for tutorials and simply passing my exams. No, I wanted to do more than that. University is the perfect place to build connections, to learn things that your courses cannot teach you. I explored my options and decided to join clubs, make overseas exchange friends, started planning for my future and working towards it, and slowly halfway through my sophomore year, university life was great! I was having fun, i even moved into a hall of residence! I learned how to live alone, and other stuff that came along with that. You decide if you want your college life to be exciting and meaningful!
You have the decision power to make your college life a meaningful and exciting one!
University is the perfect time to be enjoying your youth, and please remember that grades aren’t everything. They’re important but there’s more beyond your assignments, tests and exams. Explore options and venture into areas you’d never venture to later in life. Now’s the perfect time to do that. Enjoy your college life before heading out into the workforce and make memories that will last for a lifetime. Here’s wishing you all the best!