Five tips to make the transition to university easier

Aug 22, 2022 | Blogs

Young and ambitious students leave high school and walk into the portals of universities with myriad hopes, goals, and aspirations. As with any life change, this phase can be challenging and at the same time exciting at every step of the way. While some students adapt quickly, others are overwhelmed by the changes and challenges. Here are a few tips to make university life enjoyable and memorable.

Asking for help is a sign of strength. 

While it is necessary to learn how to be self-dependent, there is no shame in asking for help and seeking guidance, advice, and coaching to navigate unknown terrains easily. It will also save time by helping to avoid possible mistakes that others have made before. Parents, professors, friends, or an expert on campus are there to help and provide support. Preparation helps survive life-altering changes, and proper guidance can go a long way in making transitions easier. 

Deriving strength from failures.  

Everyone goes through their share of failures, but how to face them without getting discouraged is what matters. Every failure is an opportunity to learn lessons and move on to a position of strength. Instead of brooding over failures, it is essential to learn to be kind to oneself, avoid taking failures personally and keep the confidence level up. Embracing the idea of productive failure would mean drawing the lesson out of it and remembering it to avoid it in future

Taste the fare before finalizing the major and minor. 

SaiU prides itself in exposing students to a range of subjects  – Arts and Sciences, Technology, and Law – and gives them the flexibility to design their degrees. Hence, an open-minded approach will help in making the right choices.

At the core of liberal education are choice and freedom. SaiUians have chosen this institution to avoid the trodden path of a predetermined course of study. The recommended way forward is to make the most of the first year, attend all the classes, and engage extensively with the content and faculty. It will help make considered decisions in the years that follow.

Communication is the key to peaceful co-existence.

Being paired with students whose lifestyles are different is not uncommon in a university hostel. It is an opportunity to move outside the comfort zone and make some life-long friendships. Communication, plain and respectful, will pave the way for great relationships. And laying down clear ground rules early on can help prevent conflicts to a great extent. Communication ensures transparency and trust, promotes loyalty, enhances engagement, improves productivity and teamwork, fuels innovation, resolves issues, and creates lasting relationships. 

Sleep is the superpower.

The newfound freedom can be exhilarating, and so is the temptation to chat the night away or binge-watch favorite shows. But 7-9 hours of sleep each night is imperative to function effectively. There is so much to do during the day – not just day-to-day classes but also the vibrant student life, filled with several activities. To be half asleep during the day means missing out on a lot of fun. A good night’s sleep makes for a happy and productive individual. 

Good food choices are good investments. 

Sensible eating can go for a toss in an environment where there is none to watch or advise constantly. Choosing healthy food and eating well on time is half the battle won in staying fit and cheerful. If it is not easy to make the right choices, students should consider speaking to the college health center team. 

Time management is life management. 

There is so much to learn inside and outside the classroom, and there is so much to enjoy. And there are also the many distractions that call out for attention. Hence students should learn to utilize time wisely without getting exhausted or feeling overwhelmed. Ironically, the university is also where you can learn how to manage time, make the right choices, stay organized, and avoid procrastination. 

“Me” time is important for body, mind, and soul. 

The demands of university life can be overwhelming, but it should never lead to burnout, meaning one should never feel overworked mentally and physically. Mental well-being is as important as physical health. When things become hectic, it is good to pause, perhaps take a step back by taking some ME time. It can be anything from indulging in hobbies, exercising, or catching up with old friends. 

The transition from high school to university is a process that marks the transformation from adolescence to adulthood. It may be easier for some than others. But there are ways to prepare, get organized, and build a foundation for long-term success. It is all about learning from mistakes, getting guidance from the right people, balancing responsibilities, and setting priorities while making every step and every moment count. 

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