Letters from the Dorm: don't let your degree get in the way of your life education

Letters from the Dorm: don't let your degree get in the way of your life education

Try new things and make the most of your university experience


With a wide range of activities, including sports, university can be a whole new ball game.
Photo: Hilary Lok

It’s easy to get carried away with university life, ranging from societies and socials to sports. There’s a lot to do all the time and it’s tempting to try to do everything. After all, university is supposed to be the “best years of your life”!

That’s what I thought at the beginning of my first year, but by the time my first deadlines rolled around, I found myself in constant “work mode”. I tried hard not to let myself slip into spending too much time fooling around, and continuously reminded myself that I do, in fact, have a degree to work towards.

Slowly but surely, I found myself on the flipside of my initial mindset, and it was surprising how many of my friends, too, had been dragged into the same vortex of never-ending work. I mean, who has time for fun when our entire futures are at stake?

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Despite imminent deadlines and how all-consuming a university degree may seem to be, it’s important to remember that there’s so much more to a university education than studying day and night. University is not only about the flimsy piece of paper you get called “a degree”; it’s also about the friendships you make, the experiences you gain, the things you learn about yourself … the list is endless.

Now that second year is full in swing, I’m still trying new things and making the most of my university experience. So far, I’ve bound my own sketchbook, learned how to punch people properly (enemies beware!), made a cheesecake, and now written my first letter from the dorm! So if you’ve been staring at the same textbook for the past few days, get up and go out; challenge yourself to try something new, and who knows, maybe you’ll discover a whole new talent.

I came to university to learn, and I’m learning so much more than things related to my degree. I’m looking forward to the year ahead, and hopefully, so are you. So to all you freshers and non-freshers out there: don’t let your degree get in the way of your education!

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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