May 2017: The 3 things I never learned to do as a student

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University is not just about getting a degree but also about learning important life lessons and growing as a person. As I only have a few months left before I have to put the student life behind me for good, I thought it would be interesting to see what exactly I never managed to do as a student.

1. Ask questions

There is always that one person at a lecture who asks the lecturer the most complicated question and makes you wonder how he or she came up with that. I was never one of those people, I was the kind of person who would just give him or her the “you serious?!” stare after the third or fourth question and would get slightly annoyed at them. However, now that I think about it, sometimes it is worth asking questions, especially if you find that the topic is of real interest to you and you want to learn more. If you want to ask questions just for the sake of asking or to get the lecturer’s attention, however, just don’t.

2. Live the library life

There have obviously been times when I would have to spend a good few days at the library revising for exams or writing essays, however I would never go there unless it was necessary. I admire people who visit the library weekly, do their recommended reading after classes, read random books or spend hours doing research for an assignment they want to start weeks in advance. I genuinely admire such people, libraries can give us so much knowledge. As students, most of us don’t realise what libraries give us for free and we miss a great opportunity to take advantage of it.

3. Stop procrastinating

Well that’s a big one. I have always been ridiculously good at procrastinating and despite my attempts at trying to become organised, plan my time and use to-do lists, nothing seems to help. Every single time I would tell myself I’d start working on that essay or lab report early and finish it a few days before the deadline. Yet again, every single time I would have to stay up all night the night before handing in an assignment, regretting leaving it for the last minute.

Trust me, I really tried to change that habit this year, I thought as this was my last year as a student I could try to become more organised and make my life a little bit easier. However, after getting my part-time job things got a bit harder and feeling constantly tired definitely made my procrastination thrive.

Despite all that, as a chronic procrastinator I try to look at procrastination as something positive. When you are too busy and have a lot of things to do, you can’t just turn into a robot and work day and night. Your brain gets tired of all the work and so does your body. So maybe by procrastinating you allow yourself time to recover. At the end of the day, you are going to finish the assignment on time and yes, you might be stressing out about it closer to the deadline but you know that you are going to get it done. So why not enjoy a few days of feeling carefree and happy?

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