What I Learned In University

So I thought this would be a fun little series to start, where I share what I learned in different phases in my life. I wanted to start with University. I was thinking about High School, but that is now so long ago that my brain blanked when I tried to think of things I learnt back in High School. Good job, brain. However, I can still remember what I learned back in university.

I started university in 2010. I studied for three years and completed my Bachelor of Music. Then, I took a gap year, then went back for a year and completed my Graduate of Teaching Diploma in early Childhood. Here’s what I learnt during my time there, not related to what I was studying.

  • It’s okay to skip the occasional class.

Yes okay. I did skip one or two classes sometimes, but I planned ahead with those! I made sure that there wasn’t a test that day, or nothing super important was being covered. If I felt a little run down, or I had some other assignments to catch up on, then I would sometimes just stay at home or in the library. You need it, and it meant that instead of being unfocused in class, I was focused elsewhere. If you told this to high school me, I think she would flip out and freak. Skipping a class (even if your brain is fried) was unthinkable.

  • You’ll get addicted to some kind of caffeine

Coffee, energy drinks, tea, sodas, you’ll end up picking up one of these as a habit from university. Or maybe you started early in high school. I would drink it once or twice in high school, but I wasn’t really fond of it. By the end of university, I was hooked on it, and had adjusted to weird sleeping patterns depending on what assignments I was working on.

  • You’ll meet like-minded people

After high school, I drifted into another group of friends. It’s hard to see the same group everyday if you’re studying different subjects, and even more if you’re at different universities. It just happens. You will however meet people who you click with and have the same interests. I met some amazing people while studying music. We would have arguments and conversations about soundtracks and classical music that I wouldn’t have had with anyone else. Also, we all went together to see the final Harry Potter movie at midnight.

  • You’ll get overwhelmed

Some more than others, but everyone will have a mini freak out or even a meltdown. There’s a lot more work that goes into university studies. You’re learning things a lot more in-depth than you did before, and you’re squeezing this into a shorter amount of time.  Sometimes your brain just freaks, and you need to have a cry. Or multiple cries. Stop, take a breath, and take a break, or talk to someone. But don’t keep trying to force yourself to work. Your brain won’t co-operate after a certain point.

  • You’ll make your parents proud

So this one is pretty cute. Obviously, my own parents were very proud of me for graduating and getting my degree. They came to the graduation ceremony, clapped, yelled ‘woo’ when I got my diploma on stage etc. But the story that sticks out in my mind is one of a friend’s. His mum pretty much followed us to the back where we were lining up to come to our seats. She was taking lots of photos, waving, and had permanent tears in her eyes. She was so beyond excited, you couldn’t help but smile. It was a night full of proud families and loved ones, which was just so wonderful.

That’s all I can think of for now. I think five is a good number to wrap it up at! Anything else you guys would like to add to this list?


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  1. I never liked coffee before I started Uni, I never tried coffee before that. You are right about all of these girl, well done. xx

    1. Haha, me too. Uni suddenly makes you need a lot of caffeine! Thanks Azra ?

  2. Just reading about university brings back such fond memories. I loved the freedom and exploration of ideas. Having debates and sharing ideas with like-minded people and learning from someone with such knowledge is such a treat. I wish I could stay at University and leave work alone 🙂 I wish that I had made more effort to keep in touch with all the people I met when there. That’s something I learned later. Take advantage of opportunities to connect with like-minded people.

    1. Uni is good like that! It connects you with people with similar passions, interests and like minded people! You get to learn about so much! It’s funny how much harder it gets to stay in contact with people when you no longer see them in a regular setting.

      1. I’m so terrible at keeping in touch. Something I need to work on. There should be a post Uni for adults who want to learn with beers.

  3. I feel like University, disregarding the whole learning aspect, is such an amazing experience. I often wonder what it would have been like to have followed that track rather than a paid apprenticeship. 🙂 Great post — hasn’t made me jealous at all 😉

    1. It was an amazing experience, but it’s different for everyone ? There’s so many different choices once you leave school. I wanted to keep studying music, but a paid apprenticeship sounds awesome. Hands on experience and getting paid is a pretty good trade off! ?

  4. Thanks for sharing all this about Uni!! It was a really interesting read ? xx

    1. I’m glad you found it interesting! 😀

      1. I definitely did ? xx

  5. I never went to college so it’s always fun to read others experiences on it. :):)

    1. I’m glad I can share my experience with you! There’s so many different paths to go to after high school, everyone has so many different stories to share!

      1. I always wanted to go, my guidance counselors wanted me to go, I was straight A student but I had to work, 2 full time jobs just to be able to live so university wasn’t an option. Plus back then there wasn’t all the student loans, programs etc to help like there are now. I am old HAHAHA I am always happy to read about what others got to do though, and always happy for anyone who got to go because my friends who went always seemed to have great experiences.

  6. Love this post and i can totally relate to it!

    1. I’m glad you can relate to it Joy! Thank you so much for reading 😀 <3

  7. I chose not to go to university, but this was interesting to read. I remember visiting friends at their’s and I loved hanging out and meeting their new friends. I learnt after college that life just drifts people a part and sometimes you just need to know others who share the same interests.

    1. It is definitely harder to keep in contact with people you dont see as much. It’s easy to just drift away from each other. I’m glad you found my post interesting ?

  8. Such a lovely reflection!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked it ?

  9. Def agree with all of this! College has its ups and downs but def such a great experience strolling on campus and meeting new people 🙂

    1. I’m glad you agree! College can be a bit of a rollercoaster, but it’s so good for meeting new people and gaining new experiences 😀

  10. My brother studied at Vic too! Thinking about it more it was probably around the same time, you might have both graduated at the same time too! 😀

    1. That’s cool! What did he study? 🙂

      1. History, French and linguistics. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and then again a year later with Honours 🙂

  11. I can relate to all of this! Especially the you’ll freak out one! When I moved back to uni to do my MSc I was a complete mess the first week. I mean it wasn’t as if I’d never been/done uni before but I think the MSc was a bigger thing. I was like Ahhhhh have I made the right choice, what if it’s too hard and I can’t do it, what if I fail everything. I was a right mess! But it turned out OK in the end!

    One of the things I’ve learned from uni is how to be a grown up! Like how to budget, how to clean random things, how to be super stingy shopping and looking for the best price per 100g or something XD

    1. I’m glad you can relate! I think freaking out is part of the process ?
      You definitely learn all the adult things, and how to look after yourself and your place when you move away from home. I didn’t do that till after uni 🙂

  12. Love this as always! My college education is still on going and I took a different path then the traditional root in the US but I think at the end of the day you have to do what is right for you. And you have definitely made your parents, and family and friends, and hubby proud beauty! <3

    1. Thank you! I think you definitely newe to figure out what works best for you. There’s so many different routes to go down and consider! ?❤

  13. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on university, I do feel that university can be quite overwhelming a times such as close to deadlines 🙂

    1. Thank you for reading! University can be a little overwhelming at times, but I definitely enjoyed my time learning there 😀

  14. Am currently at university…can confirm this is all true!

    1. Haha, I’m glad you can relate!

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