16 Ways You've Secretly Been Fvcking Yourself Over In University

There is still time to fix things!

University is hard, and there is no way of getting around that.  You're going to have a mental breakdown during registration, completely cringe over your drunk mistakes, and want to strangle multiple professors.  But that's life.

Just remember; you're going to fvck up, you're going to have to work your ass off, and you're going to eventually succeed.  You got this.

If you're feeling overwhelmed or are completely unsatisfied with your ability to adult then maybe give this list a quick read.

1. You're being too dependent on your parents

So, it's time to cut your invisible umbilical cord that is enabling you to constantly ask for money.  Yes, it will suck.  And no, you won't be able to afford wine that is over $10, or be able to eat fast food all the time.  Your relationship with your parents will be 100% better after you start contacting them to see how they're doing rather than to get them to pay your Visa bill.


2. You bought your textbooks before you even went to class

You are too smart to be making this mistake.  Pro tip: always see if the textbook is absolutely necessary or if someone has a PDF of it before actually purchasing a book.


3. You stuck with the first friends you met

You probably met tons of people during Frosh and Orientation week.  But just remember, it's okay to find new friends after already meeting a couple people.  You're no longer in high school, and people are totally okay with you hanging out with different cliques.  Find true friendships, not forced friendships.


4. You never speak up or ask questions in class

Okay, nobody likes the person that reminds the prof about you're homework assignments right before they were about to let you out of class early.  But, if you genuinely don't understand something covered in a lecture, I guarantee at least 5 other people didn't either.  Always ask questions, you're paying for your education and the only person you're hurting by not asking is yourself.


5. You're not taking advantage of all the services your school offers

Your school likely offers tons of services that aren't advertised all over campus.  For example campus gym memberships, guidance counsellors, test centers, and job services!


6. You're too fixated on the idea that you must get a job in your field after graduation

It's totally okay to get a job that does not directly relate to your degree.  If you find an awesome opportunity that isn't exactly what you went to school for, there is no reason why you shouldn't take advantage of that.  Sometimes stepping outside your comfort zone is the best way to succeed.


7. You're constantly crippled with anxiety about what will happen next

School is scary.  There are constant "what if's" surrounding basically every scenario you are presented with while in school.  "What if I don't pass this course", "What if I can't pay tuition?", "What if I don't want to do this for the rest of my life?".  My advice is breath.  Just remind yourself that school is only one small aspect of your life, there are so many things other than your degree that make yourself you.


8. You base your schedule on what classes your friends will be in

This is dumb.  You're in class to take notes and listen to your lecture, not help Becky pick out a new bikini top.  Meet up with your friends after class, you can afford to be apart for a small portion of the day.


9. You're not visiting home enough

It's so easy to get caught up in school work, friends, and adjusting to a new city.  If you're feeling overwhelmed, head back to your hometown for a weekend.  Seeing family and having a familiar surrounding is sometimes all it takes to regroup.


10. You have no concept on how to budget

If you don't budget you're basically asking to go broke before the year ends.  Keep an eye on your expenses and know where your money is going.  This will make it easier to cut back on things you don't really need, and invest in things you value most.


11. You're too emotionally invested in getting perfect marks

Getting a bad mark on a project sucks, but don't let it completely ruin your day.  You'll have more opportunities to show off your intellect, and you'll be able to learn from your mistakes.


12. You're still in a high school mindset when it comes to social situations

Newsflash:  Nobody cares who you hang out with.

The only people who care are those who actually want to see you, so don't worry about your "clique". Hang out with whoever is worth your time!


13. You're living off of cafeteria food

The freshman 15 is a real, and scary thing. 


14. You're not applying for scholarships

There are SO many scholarships offered in Canada, and a large majority of them are not taken advantage of.  Even if you don't think you're 100% qualified to receive the scholarship you should definitely apply anyways! There is a good chance that you won't have a crazy amount of competition, and you'll likely get a bit of money to put towards your tuition.


15. You expect your internships to be fully paid

This will likely not happen because paid internships are very few and far between. Realistically internships are to give you "real world experience".  Plus there is a chance that if you work your ass off; you'll get hired on after your allotted hours are up!


16. You're depending solely on your degree to get you future jobs

The main thing that will help you get a job in the future is your ability to hustle.  The degree is an added bonus.


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Sara Sandham Humber Film Student and white wine enthusiast. Hobbies include taking pictures of my brunch, going to the dog park, and making a fool out of myself in public. Instagram: @sarasandham