The Myths and Realities of the First Year at Uni

By Emmanuel - Read time: 2 mins - 12th Feb 2018

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A Data Snapshot published by Universities Australia tell us that universities in the country educated more than 1.3 million students in 2015 alone. 569,068 of these students were just beginning their education at uni. As students start their academic journeys, many of them encounter the same old myths that are not true. Here are some of the most popular first-year uni myths that exist:

 

Orientation is not important

Many students choose to skip orientation because they assume it won’t add value to their time on campus. In reality, though, orientation offers a lot of insight into life at university. It serves as a platform for you to connect with others and immerses you into the university environment right from the start. It certainly makes the transition much easier.

 

I don’t need to establish any study habits

Students often assume that the first year at uni is probably just as academically challenging as going to high school. Nothing could be farther away from this assumption. With courses to complete, extra-curricular activities to participate in and a part-time job to handle, life at uni can leave you feeling pressed for time. The trick is to establish study habits that work for you. Set aside time to complete assignments and study for upcoming examinations so you can make the most of the opportunities you encounter at uni.

 

I don’t need to go to class

It might seem like a great idea to skip class and refer to the professor’s notes posted online, but if you’re hoping to ace those tests, you have to attend lectures in person and complete the assigned readings. You may be tested on information that was presented during a lecture. To avoid getting poor grades, gather as much information as you can from both lectures and books. Remember, you’re paying big bucks for each course. You may as well enjoy them.

 

I have to decide my major now and stick to my choice

University offers you myriad learning opportunities. It’s best to take the time understand all your options so you’re not pursuing a course that doesn’t interest you. Most institutions accept change of major/minor applications. You only need to make sure that the units you study contribute to the requirements of your degree. You might also have to take a few spring or summer classes if you plan to graduate with a different major.

If it’s your first year at uni, don’t shy away from debunking myths. In all probability they’re false and you’ll be much better off by separating myths from realities.


Originally from Sydney, Emmanuel has been in finance his whole life and excels in anything money related. He has a passion for football and in his spare time you can find him writing on the beaches of the mediterranean while sipping on a frappe.



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