As students, we are offered so many different opportunities, a lot of which we either take for granted or don’t see the point in actually going ahead and taking. But we shouldn’t be ignoring them – we should be saying yes!
Btw, let me just tell you I’m the first to admit that I’ve previously said no to most of these, and every time I say no I realise it’s a mistake almost straight after; take it from someone who knows – I should have said yes.
1. When your college/university has a Careers office, filled with a Careers team whose jobs are to help you decide what you want to do with your career and aid you on getting there, make the most of it and go. Book an appointment and tell them, truthfully, what your worries are, what you want to do after uni, whether you’re doing anything now to help you get where you want to be etc. Ask them for advice, ask them to share their experience; just tell them everything and ask them anything.
2. When you first start university and you’re at the freshers fair, join all (or most) of the societies. You might not even end up going to one event, but it’s always best to keep an open mind and then if there is a society event that you like the sound of, you’ll know when and where it is. You’re also less likely to get bored with all these events going on and will get the chance to meet so many different people.
3. When you first start uni and you want to make friends, don’t just talk to specific types of people, talk to everyone. Give everyone a chance; just because you’re used to talking to certain types of people, it doesn’t mean you won’t get on with others. You might find yourself some amazing friends that you’d never even be friends with if you’d already decided they weren’t ‘your kind of people’ before talking to them.
4. When offered opportunities, say yes. Don’t turn them down just because you’re too lazy or don’t know if they’re worth it. Seriously, I’d say just grab every opportunity that comes at you with both hands. It may never come again.
5. When you’re offered the chance to gain experience – whether it be work experience in your area of study or experience in something you’ve always wanted to do – just go for it. Not only are you working on your CV by doing this, you’ll probably end up with some stories to tell and (hopefully) will have some fun along the way.
6. When there’s free stuff being handed out, take it all – within reason, of course. If you’re being offered free stuff by a person/organisation that can be trusted, like O2 Priority Moments, then go for it. But if it’s by someone in a back alley at 1am, I beg you, please don’t.
7. When you’ve got an upcoming deadline for an essay and your seminar tutor is willing to go over your essay notes with you before you start the essay, go, go, go! From what I’ve heard, they really get down to business and give you constructive criticism which could be the difference between you earning a 2:1 and a 1st in that essay. Yeah, I really should be doing this.
8. Going to actual lectures and seminars. Let’s be real here, you might be feeling lazy or like you can’t be bothered going to your 9am lecture – yes first year doesn’t count and all that – but you’re paying 9 grand (if you’re not then lucky you!), you’ll probably miss a lot if you don’t go in & it’s not like you’ll be going to 9am lectures forever – even if it does seem like it!
Most of us probably haven’t always made the most of the opportunities that we’ve been offered, but don’t worry! I’m definitely guilty of not making the most of them and can 100% say that I haven’t always gone to every single lecture and seminar, neither have I grabbed every opportunity that has come my way. I’m working on it though – it’s all going to be changing soon.
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Are there any times you wished you’d have said yes?
1 Week Mary x