When you’re in university, it’s very easy to get trapped in your own bubble. You may find yourself doing the same routine everyday: Wake-up, go to lectures, go to class, come home and chill. If you want to make the most of your time in university and become more appealing to employers then read on further on ways to make the most of your time in university:
Join a society
There are so many societies that I can guarantee you won’t be short of choice. During freshers fair, you can explore different societies and what they have to offer. You can join a country-specific society, for example Nepalese society or even something that interests you, such as Baking society. Societies are a great way to meet new people, make friends and attend amazing events.
Additionally, you can even run for a certain position in the society e.g. President or Treasurer. This is a great way to learn new skills and has proven to be a great asset to have on your CV. Depending on the society, you might even be part of amazing campaigns or events. Societies really help you to become a well-rounded person. You meet people from all over the world with different perspectives and it teaches you great skills such as marketing, budgeting, negotiating, sales and so much more.
In my second year I joined a travel society; that year they decided to do a secret trip where we’d only be told where we were going at the airport. I knew no one else in the society but I decided to go to this trip because it was so exciting and spontaneous. I ended up going to Gdansk, Poland with the most amazing group of people. It was the best decision I made.
Join a sports club
Similar to point one, joining a sports club is another great way to maximise your time in university. It’s great for meeting new people, taking part in competitions and staying healthy. Furthermore, being in a sports team is something that is looked at positively because it helps with leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Plus it teaches patience and commitment, all of which are sought after by employers.
Being part of a sports team is also a great way to relieve stress. The adrenaline rush can be extremely helpful during exam time or when you just need to let off steam. Additionally, if you’re not looking to compete, you can join the social team. This means, you play the game to socialise not compete.
Create a society
If you can’t find a society that calls out to you, why not start your own. Depending on the university, you just need X amount of people to join in order to qualify as a society then you’re all set up! Creating a society is a great way to leave your legacy and also a really great asset to your CV- especially if your society does great work.
As a co-founder of your society, you will have responsibilities so make sure to balance your studies and extra-curricular activities well. As mentioned above, creating a society is an amazing addition to your CV, it shows you have initiative, drive and leadership qualities. Why not use your society as a platform to start fun events or fundraising campaigns. In university, I was the co-founder of the Nepalese society, we used this as an opportunity to create an annual conference called ‘Nepali Aawaz’. It was one of the best decisions I made.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and to help those in need. Whether it’s for a couple of hours a day or over the weekend, whatever the length of time, volunteering can be an enriching experience. It can even be beneficial to your course. Best thing about volunteering is that you gain karmic points, it feels really good to help a local community and to give something in return.
You could teach sports to children, work at a food bank, mentor youths, raise money or even go abroad to work at refugee camps. Whatever you decide to do, volunteering is great fun, a huge learning curve, eye-opening and gives you the biggest sense of accomplishment.
Every single university will hold an event, whether it’s a talk, charity show or sports events. Whatever it is, try to go to as many as you can. My university hosted many amazing speakers, politicians, economists, entrepreneurs and so many others to give a talk. Most events were free so it was very student-friendly. All the talks were extremely enriching and touched on recent events, which really helped with some of my courses.
Attending other events such as sports or drama can be so much fun. It shows you have the university spirit and like mentioned before it’s a great way to meet new people. You can even help out at events as a makeup artist or choreographer, creating props etc. I helped out at a drama show by being a make-up artist and it was so much fun, plus I met many wonderful talented people.
Attend networking events
Continuing from the above point, make sure to attend as many networking events as you can. Universities host a lot of events with companies and if it’s a company/industry you can see yourself working in go to the event. It can be daunting, but by simply attending you are taking a huge step. Talk to people there and try to get as much exposure as you can. Ask the company representative for their emails and ask them as many questions as you can, then follow up with an email and try to maintain a professional relationship with them. This will be extremely helpful when you’re applying for jobs in the future, as you can mention you attended a session and was recommended by the employees to apply.
Sit in a random lecture
This might seem a bit strange, but if you are able to do so, I highly recommend attending a lecture that isn’t in your curriculum. If there’s a topic you’re really curious about and they have a lecture on it in your university, why not attend it! It’s really great for expanding your horizon and you get to learn about a new topic. I don’t recommend you doing this instead of going to your own lectures though!
I hope these points prove useful and your time in university isn’t just studying but also about enriching yourself as a person.