I can’t believe I’m actually on my third post of this series. My Junior year in College/Uni is officially over, I received my results and I’m going to my Senior Year in August. Honestly, I don’t want to graduate. The thought of having to stick to an office job or working hours is torture to my soul. We’ll see how it goes.
But I just wanna say, Junior Year or 3rd Year as some people call it, has been one of the most fulfilling years in my life so far. I’ve experienced so much and learnt so much, mainly from going for exchange in Seoul National University. I have so much to share for that and I’m still planning on how to expound, filter and sort everything I want to share for that, so please stay tuned! I know it’s been so long since I’ve uploaded anything, but with the website switch from WordPress to my own domain, and settling back in Singapore, it’s been a lot!
So here are the things I’ve learnt during my Junior Year in University!
- Going for an Exchange is definitely the best thing you can do during your University Life
I want to stress this so much, because so many people don’t go for an exchange during their Uni. If you have the opportunity, please go! There are financial aids to help you if you need any, also even if its a summer exchange or simply a 1 month exchange at most, just go for it! You will meet new people, learn new things and the fact that you get to live overseas is mind-blowing!
However, don’t go with your friends. You read that right, go alone. This was the best decision ever. A lot of the people I know went for exchange in their own cliques and own groups, and this restricts a lot of activities within the group. Being alone lets you step out of your comfort zone, meet new people and go for the things you usually won’t do. I would say go alone, that’s the best way to gain the most out of an exchange.
I made a summary video of my exchange in case you wanna view it!
- Your Grades at this point of time, are “un-save-able”
What do I mean by this? At this point of time, no matter how many As you get, your GPA is probably going to stay pretty much the same. So probably you should’ve worked hard during your 1st and 2nd years, but by your 3rd year.. nothing much can change it (probably except straight As). So no point wallowing in self-defeat, just do your best and invest more time in the things you want to do in the future! Get a driver’s license, learn a new skill or even a new language!
- Start Planning for your Future
Even if its the smallest of things. Start researching on jobs, start going for career fairs, start looking for internships. Oh, take the classes you really feel like are going to help you. I took a class and that led me to my current summer internship. I’m a science major, but I’m definitely going to work in the digital marketing industry. So how am I going to do that? Think along this route, it’s never to late to go towards your goals. I’m currently a freelance writer for a local food website, and I thought this would help towards my end goal. I would say learning soft skills would be a good start!
- Overloading on Extra-Curriculum Activities is a huge NO
I totally overestimated myself and had way too many things on my plate last semester. I think I had like 4 clubs and I was in the committee for like two of them. I was drowning in deadlines and on top of that, school work deadlines. It was one of the toughest semesters, but I’m just glad that was over. Make sure you join the ones that you really have interest in, clubs aren’t meant to be another source of stress/responsibilities, they’re supposed to be the things that you enjoy! Keep that in mind!
- Cut Yourself some Slack
I’ve said this so many times, but I feel like a lot of us don’t know this. It’s really okay to be relaxing and enjoying an afternoon not thinking about work. Grades aren’t everything, what’s important is where you end up in 5 years. So what you do now should be the things that will help you get where you want to be.
It was definitely one of the toughest years, but it was also one the most exciting and most fulfilling years. I’m glad I went for exchange, and met so many friends. Honestly I should write a post on how being friends with exchange students has changed my life. I mean, I’m literally changing friends every semester! (good and bad things definitely)
But.. I think that’s about it. Phew, I thought it was going to be long, but it’s really not that long eh?
I’ll be back posting regularly soon, I hope. But I’ve been editing videos, so head over to my Youtube to check that out! I’ve edited it somewhat like a Korean Variety Program, so hope you like it! I’m also preparing a product review and it should be up very soon!
In the mean time, have a great day/night!