We all wish we could go back in time and redo moments in our history. The moments that matter can be as trivial as getting up a few minutes late and missing a bus, or as pivotal as drawing a blank during a final job interview. Most graduates feel this way when they look back at their university days. Suffice it to say, no amount of regret will turn back the clock. I know from experience that times spent by my peers and I during our undergraduate days could have been more productive. On reflection, I would do the following differently.

Freedom verses time management.

When first at university I felt as if I was in total control of my time. To an extent, this was true. Unfortunately, as a bright eyed and bushy tailed undergraduate I was not prepared for the constraints I was under in the early stages. I do however remember complaining about deadlines and submitting rushed, poorly completed assignments. It was not good.

Degrees require students to study core and optional modules, and to meet specific deadlines. Although sixth forms and colleges aim to prepare students for this, the added independence and lack of parental oversight can result in students not taking their studies serious enough in their early years. So, when you receive an assignment, set aside the required time to properly complete it. Doing this from day one gives you more control over your degree.

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Written by Craig Poku