Seven signs you’re not making the most out of your time at uni

April 13, 2016
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After finding the right uni degree (which is not always easy), some people stop there. But making the most of your time inside and outside uni can help prepare you for the real world and improve your chances of landing an internship or graduate position. Here are some of the tell-tale signs you might not be making the most of your time at uni.

You have no extracurricular activities

Having a degree is definitely something employers need to see on your resume, but it’s not all they’re looking for. There’s a huge amount of opportunities on and off campus to extend your uni adventure: join a volunteer program, find yourself a fitting internship, or help out a charity organisation. Finding a new interest or discovering your future career path is just a Google search away. 

You skip classes regularly

Skipping classes every now and then is OK, but when it becomes a regular habit, take note. Knowing the course content is just as vital as passing assignments, as that knowledge is likely to be useful to you in the workplace. Plus, you’re probably paying a lot for that subject, so you might as well get your money’s worth.

You delete your assignments as soon as they’re over

Filing each of your assignments in a single folder once they’re over could be a huge lifesaver one day. Past assignments can be handy if you do similar subjects in the future. It’s also common for employers across many different fields to ask for examples of your work, so having them handy on a long-term basis is important.

You sleep in on your days off

We all love a good sleep-in, but the earlier you get up, the more work you can get done. Setting an alarm on your day off will ensure that you have enough time to get everything done -- both uni-related work and other tasks -- and you may even have some left over time for a nap. Yay!

You haven’t spoken to your course coordinator

Course coordinators are great for one major reason: they’ve been over the content of your course again and again. They know the ins and outs, and more importantly, they know how to make the most of your course. Email them and organise a time to meet up. They may give you the pointers of a lifetime.

You don’t have a wall planner/diary

If you’re being a superstar and doing outside activities on top of uni, a planner or diary is absolutely essential. Are you really supposed to remember that you have an essay draft due week six on Thursday at 9am? Well, kinda. But a diary will remember it for you.

You have no goals within your time at uni

Some people think that goals can only be created in the real world, but your aspirations at uni are just as important. Write up a list of what you wish to get out of your time at uni, and figure out the steps for how you’re going to get there. Stick it to the back of your bedroom door so you’re forced to acknowledge it, and cross off the steps once you’ve completed them.

Sarah Keoghan


Sarah is currently studying Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. She loves to write and travel on uni breaks.

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