Hijacked's ultimate uni student bucket list
The end of another uni year is fast approaching, and while many of us’ll continue into 2017, for some of us, it’s the end of uni life.
You might’ve gotten to the end of your degree and realised there’s still a bunch of things you haven’t ticked off the list. Sure, you’ve hit up the uni bar, but have you gone for the full-blown pub crawl? With only weeks left, time is of the essence. Here are some of the quintessential things every uni student should experience at least once.
Submit an assignment a full day before it's due
To some people, this may not seem that possible. But for others, trust us when we say you'll never feel in control of your life than being a full 24 hours ahead of a subject – go on, try it.
Answer a question in a lecture
By this point, you’ve sat through hundreds of lectures and potentially never uttered a word. But with a little preparation, you could look like a genius - for a few weeks, at least.
Plus, you can download the recording of the lecture and relive your triumphant (we hope) answer again and again and again.
Appreciate the concession
Being a student has perks besides just getting an education: We’re talking discounts on everything from movies and coffees, to bus tickets and parking. Now’s the time to really appreciate all the little discounts and make the most of your savings.
Go to a student event or club where you don't know anyone
It might be the worse decision of your life, or it might be the best thing you've ever done. If it’s really that horrible you can always just leave, but odds are you'll find the experience exhilarating and you might make some new friends.
Do at least one 'non-compulsory' reading
You must’ve been passionate or interested in your degree at some point, and it's time to get that fire back. You might be amazed by how interesting subjects can actually be.
Make a stand
No one protests like a uni student: We’re the perfect blend of ideals and passion, combined with enough time and creativity to make the perfect sign and slogan.
There's bound to be a cause you believe in, and nothing will make you feel prouder than standing up for it.
Pull an all-nighter
For maximum effect, you still have to do stuff the next day. Eating a shit-tonne of food and abusing caffeine are encouraged.
Make the most out of your careers centre
Most universities have people and services that are there purely to help you get a job. The sooner you start thinking about life after uni, the easier the transition will be. Being a student means taking advantage of all the free services around you, and this one’ll be most beneficial in the long run.
Take your favourite lecturer out for a beer or coffee
At the end of your degree, you have the right to an 'off the record' chat with your favourite lecturer. It's easy to forget that they’re normal people, but they are. What's more, they've been in your exact situation and have seen older students graduate years before you, so they understand it better than anyone.
Put some names to faces
There are probably familiar faces you've been seeing in your classes for years. You might say ‘hello’ to them, but you never learnt their name. Now’s your chance to put a name to their face and do a little networking - that name could become very useful when you're both looking for jobs next year.
Go on a pub crawl
If for nothing else, it's a great place to bond and network with fellow students. And if you're a first-timer, it pays to know a bit of pub crawl etiquette before you embark.
Head to pub trivia
Pub quizzes and uni students go hand in hand. If you've never been to a quiz night, grab your uni mates and immediately head down to your local pub to show off all the useful (and useless) information you've acquired over the years.
If you’ve got words to write, get them published. Spill your thoughts into the uni paper or magazine, and let the campus get to know whatever it is you’re passionate about. Bonus? It’s great exposure to add to the old portfolio.
Go back to the beginning
As you're finishing off your final assignments, it's worth taking a look at your first-year essays and tests to see how far you've come.
Sam Talbot is a law and media student at the University of Adelaide. He highly values all-day breakfasts. Twitter with him @SamTalbot5.
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