Five truth bombs to pull you out of your uni slump
It’s getting to that time of the semester again. Assessments are piling up, you don’t have enough hours in the day to get all that study done and you can still see a whole half a semester in front of you before that glorious mid-year break.
It’s normal to be feeling totally out of your depth at this point. Uni can be daunting at the best of times, so whether you’re in your first or final year, here are a few truth bombs that will (hopefully) show you the light at the end of the uni tunnel (yes, there is one.)
You’re still so damn young
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again”. This is a terrifying prospect, but it rings true for every uni student, especially those who have ever questioned their chosen city, degree or career path.
Although our age entails much more responsibility than ever before, including all the big life decision we’ll all be making soon enough, our age also gives us the freedom to change our minds.
We won’t always be this young or have the autonomy over our lives that our youth affords, so give yourself time to work out what you want and what truly interests you. Slow and steady always wins the race, and you don’t have to have it all figured out just yet.
A passing grade won’t ruin your entire life
According to the Australian Association of Graduate Employers, companies are frequently looking past academic transcripts to assess potential employability for graduate students. Factors like leadership and people skills are playing just as big of a part as your GPA.
There’s nothing wrong with striving for consistent HDs, but when one of your grades falls short of the mark you were hoping for, it’s not the end of the world. A below-perfect score isn’t going to stop you from getting a job after university, so cut yourself some slack.
Everything ends, including uni
While it may not seem like it now, you won’t always be living the academic hell that is uni. In just a short amount of time, all the lectures, tutorials, essays and exams will be over and you’ll be able to travel or start living your nine-to-five dream before you know it.
Uni is just one of those things you’ve got to get through to help you kick goals later in life, but nothing lasts forever, and neither will the pit of despair you feel like you’re in right now.
Your degree will never be a waste of time
Whether you’ve realised what you want to do doesn’t require a university qualification or you’re at the point in the semester where you just want to give up, it’s important to remember that having a degree will always be a worthwhile asset.
Not only does it show future employers that you’re committed to your education and that you’re qualified in something, university provides networking opportunities and teaches you valuable life and social skills that will come in handy in the real adult world.
None of it will matter in five years
Not only will all the assignments, exams and grades you’re worrying about right now be completely insignificant, but you won’t even remember them five or even one year from now.
What you will remember is all the friends and memories you made, so try to make the most of uni life while you can, and count your lucky stars that you’re not paying off a mortgage just yet.
Penny is a Philosophy and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys travelling, snacking, and not going to the gym.