University for me is where I begin my future career and adapt my learning in this area. The three major changes for me were settling into university life, working in groups and time and stress management. All of these have impacted my university experience and I am going to talk about how.
Settling into university life was slightly different for me, because I chose not to move into any residency, so I commuted instead. Commuting for me is a lot cheaper than living in halls and because I don’t live to far away, it seemed logical. However there is still a cost incurred with this, such as petrol and servicing your car. You also have the road traffic to contend with and making sure you leave in adequate time to get to your lecture. I think it is now more common for people to commute. “More than a third (34%) took journeys lasting longer than 30 minutes” (Collier, 2013) which doesn’t surprise me due to the rising cost of accommodation. But because I was commuting, I was worried that students would have already made their friendship groups and I would be left out, but I found students who were in the same boat as me and made friends quickly.
There is also a lot of work to do, which shocked me because I didn’t realize just how much there was. There are also a range of way’s to access work e.g. WOLF online and posting in forums. Due to this I think their needs to be commitment involved from the student in order to complete all the work and achieve grades. Also the lectures shocked me because they weren’t as boring as people say they would be. Cottrell says “Usually students listen and take notes while professor speaks or read from notes, write on board, or present using PowerPoint.” (2012, p.8) Which I disagree with, because you do much more in lectures such as discussions with students and tutor, make your own presentation and much more.
With the workload, came a change in priority, and this involved juggling university and the workload around my part time job, and also my social life. At work I have had to reduce my shifts and my social life has now been dedicated to doing university work. However I still think it is crucial to have a balance so I do make time for my self. The hardest part for me was organizing my time, as Cottrell says “Know when and where you should be for scheduled classes, events and tests.” (2012, p.14) And this for me is vital because of the structure and getting into a routine.
My next change at university was working in groups and working with new people. This was personally a challenge for me because working with people you don’t know very well can be very daunting due to the fact that you don’t know what strengths people have. Belcher (no date) say’s that “Working as a team not only helps to showcase people's various strengths, but can also allow for...