Time might be running out! Make the most of your final term
Are you feeling like there's so much to do and so little time? Your final term of uni is an important part of your life. Whether it's leaving for good, or just the sign of another year over. It's the time you will look back over the most and, with that, is the time you will most regret not making the most of.
It's important to strike a balance between finishing your studies, and cementing long term friendships with everyone you've gone through the experience with.
If I was doing it all again I would make a list right now of everything I wanted to do, see and achieve before I left, and I'd advise you to do the same. Why not make a checklist and actually find a way to enjoy ticking off each one? You'll thank yourself later for taking the time.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Join that society that you always wanted to try but never got round to going to (even if you quit after a week).
- Actually listen to your tutor, make sure you book regular meetings and see which words of wisdom they have to offer. You never know when you might need to take their advice.
- Do all the touristy things your uni town has to offer; you may never live there again so make the most of it.
- Go to your careers office, you've been putting it off for too long and you never know whether it will be useful until you've tried.
- Go to extra lectures. They might sound nerdy but you'll never have so many interesting lectures that are completely free and available to you.
- Don't spend so much time in the library that you look back on the term negatively. You're not going to fail just because you took a few nights off to enjoy yourself with friends.
- Having said that, work as hard as you can without making yourself ill or miserable, the hard work will pay off and you can be truly proud of your commitment.
- Save up and plan an epic summer holiday, you may never have such long holidays until you retire so make the most of it!
- Find something unique about your uni and give it a go. Whether it's a strange tradition or a completely bizarre party, it's something that makes your uni different and special so you can dine out on those stories for years.
- Truly appreciate living with your best friends. Most of you will move in different directions or moving back in with your parents, which is great, but you'll probably miss the late night pizza parties and having a support system 24/7.
- Make plans to stay in touch with everyone and stick to them.
- Research and join the alumni association – they're a great way to make contacts and you never know which opportunities you might find.
- Get involved with final year celebrations – whether it's a summer ball or your graduation, it's a pivotal moment that will stay with you forever so, if you can, make the effort to go and take loads of pictures so you can always look back.
Enjoy your final term whatever you get up to!