It's back to school season and most of my friends have gone back to university already. I have been wanting to do a back to school series so bad, since I'm still get to be in the generation that still goes to school. So I wanted to start a back to school series right when I came back from my holiday, I decided to start the series today. And I am starting with a little Q&A about university!
I am studying Communications at a University of Applied Sciences in my hometown, The Hague. I started university in 2014, in Leiden, but I ended up hating it there. So in February of 2015 I decided to start again over in my hometown The Hague. So I am now halfway through my second year at uni.
How did you discover what you wanted to study at uni?
I have always liked writing about stuff from a young age. So it was quite simple that I wanted to do something that involved writing. Over the years I started to get interested in lots of other communications-related things, so I didn't want to study Journalism, because this involves just writing. It seemed like a right move to start studying this course after I graduated high school!
Can you tell me a bit more about what you're studying?
Communications is very different on every university. Back when I was at uni in Leiden, Communications was mostly focused on the PR-side of communications, whereas where I study now, we focus on media and entertainment a lot more, which I personally prefer. But on other universities they might go into the marketing side of communications more. Communications has such a big variety of branches, that it's hard to explain them all, especially when I don't even know them all myself!
Anyway, at my university we focus on media and entertainment, like I said before, which means we mostly focus on creating creative new ideas using programs as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro and learning about psychology to achieve your set goals, which I find such an interesting combination!
What is it like taking exams at uni?
I am probably not the best person to be asking this question, because I get nervous. Panic attack/mental breakdown nervous about exams. I would say that university exams are about as hard as your final exams at high school. However, I have always had this fear of failing exams, which has been inside of me ever since I can remember. There is this urge inside of me to pass exams, to please my teachers and/or my family, which is complete and utter crap to want, but never feel like I have done enough to actually pass my exam. So to my parents, brother, his girlfriend and to me, the end of a term, usually are stressful, and filled with my mental breakdowns, which I am still trying to get under control.
How do I make friends at uni?
So this was a question that I had been wondering when I first got to my new uni. How will I ever make friends? I was lucky enough to have one of my best friends with me while starting at uni, which is rare. But I feel like making friends at uni is just so much easier. All of my friends are at uni now or have finished, and I have never heard them complain about not making any friends. Whether you're in a dorm or not, people seem to like each other a lot easier now than they used to do at high school. I am friends with all of my uni class mates and we like to have dinner every once in a while as a fun night out, I know that I am particularly lucky with being friends with all of my class mates, which is rare.
Just don't try to hard to be anyone's friend, but just be yourself, you will be fine! Everyone will like you and you will have friends at uni within no time! It's not like high school anymore, where you're like an animal fighting for a seat at the cool table, which I am so grateful for!
What do you like most about uni?
I love learning new stuff about social media and upping my creative skills in Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. Besides that I also really enjoy hanging out with my uni class mates.
What is the hardest thing about uni?
I would say that the hardest thing about uni is combining your education, while working a job, while maintaining friendships. I never thought I would say this, but sometimes I don't see friends for at least a month, because either they have exams or I have exams. This to me is the hardest thing, because I get energy from being with friends and family.
How do you combine being a fulltime uni student while being a blogger?
It can be hard to combine these sometimes, but luckily enough my teachers and class mates are very supportive when it comes to my blog. Some of my friends like to take photos of me after uni and sometimes I complain when it gets too much. Then they tell me to just breathe and set priorities. That's the most important thing. Set priorities. I try to plan my blog posts for the upcoming week when I have the day off of uni, so I can focus the other days of the week on uni work.
What do I do when I feel panicky about anything?
Breathe. That's the only thing I can advise, speaking from experience. If you just breathe, all will be fine. If you feel like you want to talk to someone about it, I would say talk to some of your class mates that you trust, or maybe even a guidance counselor, so they can help you get help, or even calm you down when you need it!
Next I will be posting some tips on how to stay organized, and I will be sharing a few healthy lunch ideas with you to take with you to uni, work or maybe even high school!