Since my last post I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback, so I thought “let me give out more advice”! Not only for university/college students but for high schoolers too, because starting school at 14 can be as hard as starting school at 17. So here are 5 more tips/tricks and hacks to surviving school and living your best life!
- Reputation doesn’t matter – This aint High School Musical, NOBODY cares about your reputation and the ones that care are pathetic and stupid. Focus on your own success NOT how people see you. People don’t know your story so their judgement of is flawed, just focus on your goals not how many “likes” or how popular you look.
- Put in Work– . I’m not saying quit school and start stripping or selling drugs, I’m saying go out there and get a 10 to 15 hours a week job to help you get some cash. Most of us will spend most of our life working, so get started and learn the value of money. And that’s something a textbook could never teach you.
- Grades don’t matter – Your teacher won’t tell you this, but your grades DONT matter! Only time they matter is getting into university for a specific program or staying in that program. Other than that, they don’t matter, just graduate and you’re good. YOUR GRADES DO NOT MEAN SHIT IN THE WORKING WORLD, so don’t stress.
- Build bridges – Y’all can see the theme here, these tips are more about life than academics, plain and simple you do not want to break relationships. Sometimes it’s good to end things but do it with grace and diplomacy, why? Because School is an organization, like the company you will work for or the company you will own. Having good relationships will never hurt you, doing good to others and showing respect to others will always bring good things to your life.
- Ambition is your best friend – You can’t go through the motions, EVERYDAY you should wake up and TAKE OVER! Have ambition, have goals, be that annoying guy that goes to every damn meeting, every network event, every student council meeting, volunteer to everything! Be a hustler ! The problem with our generation is that we’re entitled, we think that things should come to us…maybe that shit works on Pluto but not Planet Earth. Have ambition, hustle hard, do not let life throw you down and keep you there. Bust your ass and go get it!
One of the biggest shifts you can go through is that transition from high school to post secondary. Going from the safe high school doors to the wide world, it’s hard but as I go in my last semester at uOttawa here are 10 things I wish someone told me before I started.
- Be Organized – Know where your classes are, have your textbooks (always buy USED books or borrow from the library), have pens, pencils, erasers, calculators. Don’t be the dummy that forgets a pencil for the scantron. DONT.
- Syllabus is your best friend – Whenever you start any class, check 3 things in the syllabus. Is attendance mandatory? When is the midterm/test/quiz and how much is it worth? What are the office hours? Trust me all of these are key! If attendance ain’t mandatory then read the power-points at home! If your midterm is mid October, then study early and be ready. If the office hours are good then GO SEE THE PROF.
- GO TO OFFICE HOURS– Trust me professors are losers that spend most of their lives studying one topic, imagine spending your whole life being a student? Terrible! Professors love what they teach and visiting their officer hours will make you stand out. When they grade your essay and see your name they’ll boost your B to a B+ or A-. Build a relationship, they might give you a referral for a Masters degree, just shoot your shot fam.
- Make A Plan– Don’t be the type of student that goes through the motions, you’ll HATE university. Be the type that knows what they’re going to do After graduation. Many people go to school just to go to school, nah. Be a person with a plan, be strategic. Will you get an internship? Co-Op? Scholarships?
- Volunteer– Lets keep it real, University is not just about books. It’s about becoming an adult. The best people are selfless, so get off your bum ass and do something for the world! For your community, for your school and for your life. Go and volunteer. Specifically on your campus. You can meet people in your field of study, make friends and make an impact in your community. I did all three and you can too.
- Join a club, fraternity or sorority – Making connections is something we have to do in life and as humans we make cliques, we make groups, its what we do. So JOIN A CLUB, any damn club! Most university’s have a “club week” where you can sign up for something. Don’t be the guy (or girl) that has no group and no friends, you’ll get depressed and lonely. Go out there a join a club that interests you, trust me you’ll find your people.
- Workout/Intramurals – I know you’ve all heard of the “freshmen 15” and YES its a fact! You will order pizza while studying, you will buy donuts and extra ice cream. So get active, go out there and workout. Join intramural sports and make friends. Go Compete and win a 20$ gift card, don’t lock yourself in. Open yourself up to new sports, new workouts, new group sessions and push yourself.
- Go to sporting events – Even if your team is the worst and loses every Panda Game GO SHOW LOVE! Having pride in your school is key, you’re paying 8k or more every year to this place, go have some fun! You’re a soccer fan? Go support your men’s team! You’re a football fan? Go support the team! Plus most games have beer 😉
- Make a friend in each class – As y’all can see there’s a theme here, make friends in every class you’re in. Have a study buddy for tests or exams, you’re sick and need someone to write notes for you or someone to talk to about your bum ass prof. Making a friend in each class will take you far, because (real) friends last longer than classes.
- Seek help, you are not alone– Don’t be the guy that suffers in silence, mental health is serious and more and more students go through it everyday. Being homesick, lonely, depressed, overdrinking, anxious, etc we all go through it. Instead of letting these things destroy you just know: you are not alone! Reach out and seek help with Councillors, mentors and friends. Because Uni is hard, but seeking help makes it easier.
Bonus: Apply to EVERY SCHOLARSHIP AND BURSARY…you’ll thank me later
p.s. always carry condoms…you know why lol
I’ve abandoned the idea of posting early or even posting on time. The content matters, and so does timing which is a skill I have to learn. Besides that, my loyal readers (and hopefully new ones) need some motivation, and nothing has motivated us more than the Olympics. Yes, even through it ended yesterday and there’s more bullshit in this world to write and speak about we must slow down and realize how cool it was. I’m not going to go off about Usain Bolt, Andre De Grasse, Simone Biles, Michael Phelphs or Lyin Lochte, I’ll speak on a purely base level. All of these incredible athletes that went to the Rio Olympics have one thing in common, a drive and a vision. That’s the essence of what I’d like to send out today. Having a goal, having something that wakes you up every morning to achieve greatness is something that is rarely replicated. Every single athlete that went to represent their country, regardless of a realistic chance at gold, had a vision! They had drive, so much so that they beat out other competitors aiming for the chance to compete at the biggest stage.
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