Hope you are all doing fine. So let me catch y’all up of what’s been happening in my life. I finally graduated! ? I just came back from Austria, where I celebrated my graduation with family that I’m so grateful to have ❤️. The weather was gorgeous so we barbecued in the garden and had a great time! I wrote my Master’s thesis about a data-driven approach to influencer marketing and developed a tool that can automate the influencer search. If you ask me, that’s pretty awesome and I am actually damn proud of myself to have achieved this ?. Now that I graduated, I’m officially qualified to give you advice on how to get through university and tell you the 5 things I learned from this journey.
Obviously, there’s plenty of stuff I learned, right? ? After all, that’s what I attended for, I guess haha. But university taught me lessons on a personal level and I wanna share that with you.
#1 You can’t conquer subjectivity
Among the things I learned from university is the fact that you sometimes just can’t convince people because of a little something called subjectivity. People believe what they wanna believe, and I guess it’s hard to open your mind and let other ideas in, especially when something is new to you. This goes especially for professors! Sometimes you’ll get a grade you think is so unfair that you’ll feel like smashing something. But in reality, it’s not gonna change the fact that you will still keep that grade – you just gotta learn how to deal with it. This was a tough one for me because I have a strong sense for right and wrong, and the appreciation that comes with hard work – you can read more about that in this post about unfairness.
#2 You will do more than others at times
Sometimes you will have to do more work than others and just deal with it. I was often in the situation where people didn’t hold up their end of the deal and I had to put in more work than them. Did I feel like bursting? Hell yeah. But I soon realized that if I would just stop and give in to my pride, the end-result would just suck. My sense of unfairness and determination to produce a good product were often in conflict. Moral of the story: not all people are as driven as you, find suitable partners to pursue projects with, which brings me to my next point:
#3 You won’t always work with people that you like
Take it from somebody that wrote her Bachelor thesis with a guy she did really not get along with. Let’s be honest – I hated his guts ?. But you gotta make the best of it and keep it strictly professional. You have to find partners to work with that you can depend on, so that you can split your workload instead of taking it all on by yourself and getting stressed!
#4 You won’t need notes of everything
Taking notes of the whole curriculum is a waste of time. I know you wanna be prepared for everything just in case but you know what? Sometimes you just gotta wing it and take it as it comes. I learned early in my Bachelor that studying smart instead of hard is just more efficient. Trust me guys ?. Just stick to the core and what the professors present in class and you’ll avoid all that stress.
#5 Being confident is everything
If you seem like you know your shit, people think you have your shit together and you will leave them with an awesome impression of you ?. Walk into an exam confidently, even if you don’t know the answer to everything. Answer the examiners’ questions as well as you can and try to lead the way to a topic you know something about by doing so. Ask them questions and make some jokes along the way, professors like to feel like they know more about a topic than you ?.
That’s it from me today, hope some of these things helped you on your university journey ?.
Blog to you soon!