Cold Hard Facts

Sharlyn J shares with us a couple of tips and things you should know during this transition from high school to university.
Sharlyn J
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Survival of the fittest

Knock knock, here’s your wake-up call! It’s time to be independent and handle real-life responsibilities like a grown-up. This is especially relevant for those of you who will be living away from your families. Remember to learn how to cook more than just scrambled eggs and instant noodles. And remember to clean your room too! It’s important to eat healthy and live tidily. You won’t have your mom bugging you to clean your messy room anymore. Start being proactive; it’s a good habit to cultivate starting from today. You wouldn’t want rats and bugs to move in with you now, would you?

Penny-pinching is worth it

Start spending your money wisely. Your PTPTN loan won’t last forever. Learn to live within your means, no matter how tempting it is to lay your hands on that newly released iPhone. Don’t succumb to peer pressure! Place your money in something with long-term value: your education. Yes, I know penny-pinching may be slightly unfavourable at the beginning, but you will eventually realise how important a life skill this is. No matter how old you get and no matter how much money you earn, this will forever be a useful life skill to master.

Jot it all down!

Just a heads up! There will be a million and one things happening at university all at once, and you won’t be able to remember every single thing. Exams, assignments, club and society meetings, hang out sessions – you name it, they have it. Remember to make a to-do list of things that are important. Learn to prioritise – start listing things out in order of urgency and importance. Be sure to maintain a good level of discipline to get things done. Keep a daily planner with you too! Successful people always plan their days out so no time is wasted. Good time management will help you ease through most of your workload in university and further on in your career.

Remember to stay active  

Physical exercise and downtime are equally as important as your academic performance. Keep your body and mind active with things that make you happy and help you release tension. Maintaining a good work-life balance helps increase productivity and reduce stress levels. Being too caught up in your studies may have an adverse effect on your memory. There’s only so much your brain can absorb in a stipulated time. Balance things out: start studying for your exams earlier, and you will be able to factor in some personal time to rest your mind and body. Remember to give your body a break before your body breaks you!

Don’t suffer alone in silence

Your mental health is important. This transition can be very stressful and burdensome for some of you, and I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. It’s alright for you to feel the weight on your shoulders sometimes, but it’s not meant to stay that way. If you’re going through a tough time away from home, be sure to speak to your family and trusted friends about it. We were never meant to live life in isolation, so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. There’s no mountain too big for you to overcome. You are a warrior! Pick up your sword and fight on. You’re going to win at this university phase in your life. The further you grow in life, the more importance should be placed on mastering the art of handling stress and taking care of your mental health.