The dreaded and eagerly awaited moment has come, your studies are drawing to a close and you are sadly looking towards the end of an era, now all that remains is to indulge in memories: all the crazy things you’ve experienced, all the stressful exam periods you’ve gone through and all the beautiful experiences you’ve had.
But, have you really experienced everything during your studies? Enjoy your last moments as a student and have a look at this list of 5 things you should have done before graduating.
1. Go to a university party
Work hard, play harder is the perfect motto for most of the students. And what better way to live it than going to university parties? Be it the semester opening or ending parties, or just any in between, there is always something cool on the agenda.
And we all speak from experience that (especially as a student) you just sometimes have to let off steam with all the studying and exam period stress. Getting lost in the beat of the music, surrounded by people that are probably going through the same stuff you’re going through, is the best medicine to clear your head and forget about the daily struggles – at least for a short time.
The parties are also good for getting to know new people from other faculties whom you normally wouldn’t meet in your daily life. So grab your mates, get your party outfit together and relive what it’s like to be young, wild and free.
2. Stay up all night
Who hasn’t experienced it: you’re way behind with the studying or the assignment and tomorrow is the exam deadline. Well, it’s time to use up the coffee stock, because it will be a looooong night. Everything you learned during the last semester needs to be squished into your brain within the shortest period of time, so be prepared for a lot of mental breakdowns, self-doubts and thoughts about quitting university.
But maybe you don’t have to go through this hell all by yourself. As the saying goes, “a problem shared is a problem halved”: So if your friends are in the same situation you at least don’t have to suffer alone and you can motivate yourselves to endure it together. Struggling and barely making it through the night, having to appear at the university with bloodshot eyes the next morning, writing the exam and then falling blissfully into a coma, is definitely an experience a lot of students have already gone through and a must try for you as well!
Even if it feels like death itself during this time, you can only look back on it laughing. And who knows, if you are very very lucky you will even get a decent grade in the end. And yes, although you will think that you are never going to do it again it happens way faster than you think, just don’t let it become a habit! Every procrastinator knows that starting early is always the best way to go.
3. Do a semester abroad
Has wanderlust inspired you to want a change of scenery? A semester abroad might be the right choice for you. Experiencing other cultures, traveling to different countries and getting to understand the world a little bit better – studying abroad has a lot of advantages. It is a great way to improve your language skills as well as testing your independence and helping you to be more open to new and unknown things.
In addition to evolving as a person and experiencing all the great things mentioned above, you will meet a lot of new people from all around the world and gain new friendships. But you will not only personally benefit from a semester abroad but professionally as well, it makes a good impression in your resume and increases the chance of you getting your future dream job. So don’t miss the chance to experience an unforgettable semester.
4. Gain practical experience
Studying, studying, studying…stuffing everything into your brain until the exam is over and having immediately forgotten what you have learned. The theoretical knowledge in your field is of course important and also the main reason why you are studying, but it doesn’t benefit you a lot in practice.
Therefore, it is even more important to start collecting practical experience as early as possible, because you have to be able to apply what you have learned theoretically. It also gives you the opportunity to network and gain new contacts, plus give you a brief insight into your future working life.
Nowadays, it is especially difficult to find a job without having practical experience. So better start looking for an internship during the semester break or a student job in your field of study and gather valuable knowledge for the future.
5. Enjoy the student life
Last but not least, enjoy life as a student to the fullest! There will never be a time where you have so little worries and so much free time as you do now. Although studying can be very stressful, it is only a small part of your otherwise very free student life.
Later, when you are sitting in the office from Monday to Friday, morning to evening, you will think back to the time when you only had to go to university 3 times a week or lectures starting at noon. You’ll have a lot more obligations, because that’s what growing up brings.
That’s why NOW is the perfect time to concentrate completely on yourself: doing things simply because you feel like it, travelling wherever you want without being bound to a career, spending time with your closest friends, and most importantly discovering yourself. Because it’s those moments in the here and now that will forever stay in your mind!