Written by Laiba Yaseen
2nd Year M.B.B.S. at Al-Faisal University
Stepping out of your comfort zone helps you in self-growth and development- this is almost always easier said than done. Most of the time, you don’t even fully comprehend the true meaning of ‘Self-Growth’ until you yourself struggle through an obstacle, and when you finally come up for air in the aftermath of this struggle, do you realize that certain aspects of you would just never be the same again. Then you just pray and hope that it results in a gain rather than a loss.
The transition from the comfort zone of high-school to university can easily be considered a milestone achievement. Now by the ‘comfort zone of high school’, I certainly do not mean that school life was all rainbows and roses, what that implies is that you’re still around people you have probably known for a long time and your problems usually revolve around much smaller issues. Therefore, when you step into a completely new place with new people you undergo new and unfamiliar experiences. Now, these transitions will be easier for some compared to others, but personally, my biggest problem as a first-year university student was not academics but people, because you can force yourself to sit down and study but most often finding people that you can genuinely feel comfortable around and resonate with is a lot more difficult.
Written by Muslim Taseer
2nd year L.L.B at Newcastle University
The transition from school to university is one more drastic than any other you will face as a student. Not only is learning structured differently, but the atmosphere is also unlike anything else, and you become part of a large student community with an endless breadth of opportunities and to discover and explore. This transition can be overwhelming for some, while others may find their stride immediately and flourish in the new environment. Whatever happens, it’s important to not get distressed or doubtful and to keep a positive outlook. In this article, I'll share a few insights gleaned from my first year at university and from speaking to other students that’ll hopefully help readers put into perspective their goals for their first year and make it easier to manage the chaos.
Written by Maida Aizaz
Freshman at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
I’ve only had one semester at (online) university, but I have come to realise: the ‘u’ in ‘university’ stands for ‘unending’.
Unending work and assignments, of course – but also unending yearning for things to get better (and often, for the assignments, exams and semester itself to end).
Regardless of the field in question, there are certain things all students experience, going from the four walls of our school environment into the unknown. Many courses, for one, are do not start from scratch, and assume an amount of background knowledge only a few possess.
Not to mention that this year, everything is online. As a result, not only is social interaction challenging, but from an academic perspective, it’s rather cumbersome getting in touch with the professors and teaching assistants for a question that would take a lot less effort being answered had it been in person.
So – now that the reminder is out of the way, what do we do?