Posted May 01, 2015 by

5 Ways to Make Attending a University More Enjoyable

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Attending a university can be a very enriching experience but too many students are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted constantly. Luckily, universities are addressing this issue head-on with a plethora of activities and opportunities that help students enjoy their time more. There are more opportunities than just going to class; here are a few ways that you can get the most out of your time as a university student.

Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities

There are clubs and organizations on campus that can be just as educational and mind-expanding as the classes. They may give you the chance to participate in events such as tournaments and summits, and you may also be able to travel and get a taste of other parts of the country or the world. It’s also a great way to bulk up your resume and make new friends.

Get a Job

Being a student costs money, and not just for tuition and housing. Even if your parents are paying for a food plan and books for your classes, you will need some money so you can enjoy yourself in college. Your university will most likely have a listing of on-campus jobs that you can pursue without ever leaving. Getting a job is a great way to earn a little money, and if you get one on campus, you don’t have to worry about transportation. Sometimes students feel like they simply don’t have enough time for a job on top of schoolwork but with a little effort you can manage your schedule for a part-time job on the side.

Take Online Classes

If you seem to have too many classes and not enough time, why not consider replacing a couple of brick and mortar courses with online classes? There are all sorts of degrees that you can choose from as many modern colleges are opting for this type of education. For example, a Masters in art education can be achieved entirely online with a little dedication and effort. The beauty of these classes is that you can do the work on your own time, even if that means staying up all night. The downside is that you’ll need a greater degree of self-discipline to follow through with assignments.

Take Advantage of Office Hours

Most lecturers and professors will have hours set aside in which you can discuss class issues with them. Taking the time to talk about problems you’re having in class or material you find especially interesting can help you get the most out of your course. The professor may also have suggestions as to how to improve your grade.

Write Home

Even though attending a university can be a wonderful gateway into adulthood, keeping ties with home can be a great comfort, and writing letters can also provide a record of your college experience to look back on later. Just don’t keep in too close of contact; daily e-mails and calls can distract you from your studies and ability to make your own decisions.

Every student experiences university life differently, but these are some suggestions that may make this formative time more rewarding. Most people only attend a university once, so be sure to get the most out of the experience.

Meghan Belnap

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. 

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