When you are in a university, you experience an environment that is different than the previous institutes. You have people from different areas of the country and thus, it is a better learning experience. Along with these things, you will find people advising you about university life. Some of them would be right. For example, the seniors who help you through exams, assignments, and presentations. But, many of them would give you advice that will prove counterproductive for your studies and growth during university. Here is some advice that you should never take. 

GPA doesn’t matter

You will find many seniors and colleagues telling you GPA is just a game of numbers and it had no impact on your career. Well, it might be true in a few cases. But a low GPA will not make you a prominent student in your class, may affect your career, and will not get you admission to your masters. Considering international scholarships, you will reduce your chances of getting accepted. When you apply abroad, the only authentic criterion for them to judge you is your CGPA. They are looking for high-scoring individuals who can cope with the competent international requirement. Moreover, many job places check your GPA to mark your excellence in the field. Lastly, if you are applying for a master’s or a Ph.D. in the country, you have a little scope if you do not have a good CGPA. 

University is all about chilling 

There will certainly be people for whom, the university is just a place to chill out. They come to the campus to meet their friends and that’s it. They generally have no knowledge of the classes. Moreover, they advise others to do the same. If you follow them, you will have an attendance shortage at the end of the semester or will fail the exam because you don’t know what the teacher has taught you. So, instead of listening to them, manage your play and study time in a well-balanced way.  

Don’t study every day

Studying every day is discouraged by a category of people. They make you feel that you are over-conscious about your studies and that you are afraid of the exams, etc. Generally, students do not have this habit of preparing their lectures every day because what is the paper night for? This is a bad habit that will affect you in your higher studies and career. If you do not want to spend the whole day studying, take out at least one or two hours to work on the notes you made and revise what the professor has taught you.  

Don’t spend time on hangouts and other activities

There are two categories of students in the university. First, who tells you to study all day, and second, who will tell you that university life is all about hanging out and chilling. You do not have to listen to both of them. Hanging out, socializing, and meeting new people is as important as studying at a university. It enhances your social skills and helps you, groom. So, hang out and be active in other activities, too. 

Stay quiet in your class 

There is a common misconception that participating in the class makes you a target student and the teacher penalizes you in the exam. This is not true for all the teachers. Participating in the class has its own sessional score that you have to win through productive contributions to the lectures. If not, it definitely makes you a good student in the eyes of a teacher. If you have those teachers who want you to be quiet during the class, you will get to know about it after the first or second lecture. But mostly you should be participating in the class to understand the lecture for better. 

Studying makes you a theta

The students who are found studying every time are labeled as theta by other students. Personally speaking, don’t be a theta because they do not give importance to any other activity except for studying. Learning comes through different recourses and studying is one of those. So, don’t stop studying because you will be called a theta. Instead, balance your studies with other activities.  

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Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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