In university, as in life, there are a lot of things that could potentially go wrong. Maybe you’ve had one too many all-nighters. Lost your USB in the void that is your room? Are you procrastinating yet again by reading this article…? Here are a few common problems that students find themselves faced with, and some expert advice on how to deal with them!
- Where’s my money gone?
One of the most common problems. Sometimes one coffee to get you going quickly turns into a full out breakfast and plenty of snacks for your next lecture. Maybe you’re like me and just really like notebooks and stationary. Either way, it’s important to be careful with your spending at university.
Solution: Hope for the best…?
Serious solution: Find out what works for you. Some people like to keep a daily track of what they’re spending, whilst others keep a strict limit to make sure things never get too bad. Whatever works for you, some safe advice would be to avoid buying mountains of food when you’re really hungry. It just can’t end well.
- Why is everything so loud?
Have you ever looked back on a night and been able to trace every single poor decision you made? You know you’re in trouble when you can’t even remember exactly how you got so drunk. Add that to an early morning lecture and you’ve really got yourself an issue.
Solution: Don’t leave your bed for 2 weeks. And fight anyone who tries to talk to you before your headache goes away.
Serious solution: Water. Healthy snacks to keep you going till you can go back to bed. And maybe some self-control for next time.
- Balance? Do I look like a scale to you?
At university you need to be able to handle your work and your social life. There’s a lot going on, and sometimes it’s hard to focus on your upcoming deadlines as well as just about everything else. Under pressure you might find yourself staying up way too late to get something done. Or you might not be able to find the motivation to do the work at all.
Solution: Kick yourself for voluntarily getting into the whole mess.
Serious solution: Take it a step at a time. Do as much as you’re comfortable with, as often as you can. Make time to relax and don’t feel guilty about it. Starting what you need to do as early as you can means you’ll have more time to work around everything else that’s going on. Staying in when everyone else is out having fun can be tricky but the stress really, really isn’t worth it.
- I hate technology.
From lost USB’s, to presentations that decide to not work as soon as you try to open it in front of your entire class, we’ve all suffered with technology.
Solution: Throw your laptop out of the nearest window.
Serious solution: Try not to be too mortified about it. Even the lecturers can’t get stuff to work sometimes, and everyone in the class probably relates to your pain. If possible, check your presentation in the room that you’ll be in beforehand to make sure everything is in order. Always keep more than one copy of your work. And have a charger on you if you think you’re going to need it.
- Group presentations.
You all know the struggle. Between trying to get everyone together whilst keeping to everyone’s schedules, to organising who’s working on what, and trying to motivate slackers, these can really test your patience.
Solution: Kick all the lazy people out of your group and wing it on the day. (Whilst this looks like it would be effective, it definitely isn’t recommended.)
Serious solution: Make sure everything is really organised. If everyone knows exactly what they need to do, and when they need to have it done by, it should go well. It can be helpful to check in with all your group members to make sure the work is actually getting done! Arrive early on the day and stay as calm as you can. It’s good to remember that it won’t last forever.
We all know that university can be a bit of a trying time sometimes. No matter how organised you try to be, sometimes it all goes completely out of the window. But no matter what student life will inconvenience you with today, try and remember these three words.
It’s all fine. After all, we’re still learning.
Text by Jess Madanayake
Picture research by Donna Darafshian; featured image from despair.com.