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Worst thing about university? (1 Viewer)

sethmoore

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Hi guys,

I actually finished uni a few years ago, after having done a bachelors at Flinders and then a Masters via correspondence and I found that managing my time effectively was probably the most difficult aspect of university. I had to juggle and endless wave of assignments, lectures, readings and tests with a part time job in my bachelors and a full time job during my masters, as well as ongoing relationships with friends and family. I remember feeling burnt out because I never had enough time to do anything! I'm interested to know if anybody else has felt like this? Or does something else about uni spring to mind that you consider to be worse than poor time management skills?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

(My apologies for any typos, my laptop has a crap keyboard, it's not me I swear!)
 
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Hi guys,

I actually finished uni a few years ago, after having done a bachelors at Flinders and then a Masters via correspondence and I found that managing my time effectively was probably the most difficult aspect of university. I had to juggle and endless wave of assignments, lectures, readings and tests with a part time job in my bachelors and a full time job during my masters, as well as ongoing relationships with friends and family. I remember feeling burnt out because I never had enough time to do anything! I'm interested to know if anybody else has felt like this? Or does something else about uni spring to mind that you consider to be worse than poor time management skills?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

(My apologies my any typos, my laptop has a crap keyboard, it's not me I swear!)
That's pretty much most people during uni.

It gets too much sometimes but that's when your mates get you back on track.
 

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The worst part was probably having many things to worry about. Each subject was a thing to 'worry' about (I'm using the term 'worry' quite loosely here) on top of other things such as work, social life, sport etc. When you get home from say work or class, it's not 'over' because there's always studying to do (ie: something else to 'worry' about).

What I've personally learned is that there is always time. It exists, but the issue is finding it. Sometimes, you are just so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to do that it clouds your ability to see that the time exists. Being efficient is key, and something that unfortunately not many people seem to exercise.
 

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I'd say the worst thing about university (but also the best depending on perspective) is that being a good student alone isn't enough to do well in university and get a great job. More specifically it's not like high school where the correlation was very clear between studies, assessments, exam results and UAI/ATAR to get into the course you want.

That and the shift in responsibility for your learning from the teacher to the student- i.e. if the teacher didn't teach what they needed to, then you had to learn it yourself.
 

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I'd say the worst thing about university (but also the best depending on perspective) is that being a good student alone isn't enough to do well in university and get a great job. More specifically it's not like high school where the correlation was very clear between studies, assessments, exam results and UAI/ATAR to get into the course you want.
Definitely think this is something people need to acknowledge/recognise with uni.

For me it was probably the pointlessness of it - my degree was very practical and all those assignments/exams just felt like pointless work which really added nothing to my skillset.
 

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Essentially it could be very time consuming without proper organisation as many of the others have mentioned.

I'd say it's the amount of content that uni throws at you in a short period of time that I struggled to adapt to.

(First year Problems :)
 

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The worst thing for me is that the study doesn't stop when I go home and there is always more study I could be doing. My free time then feels guilty. Rarely (if ever) am I 100% on top of everything for every unit. I could always do the supplementary readings or spend an extra hour adding more words to an essay, but I choose to call it a night and do something fun instead. I understand this is totally necessary to have freetime and other commitments, but the guilt is still there. :p
 

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As above: The constant, low grade anxiety/guilt caused never being "finished for the day". Something is always due, or pending,due. It sucks the joy out of everything else you are doing at the time :/
 

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As above: The constant, low grade anxiety/guilt caused never being "finished for the day". Something is always due, or pending,due. It sucks the joy out of everything else you are doing at the time :/
Omg yeah something is always due :(
 

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