In 2015 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and I can honestly say that I’ve missed being in school SO MUCH over the past year. There are obvious plus sides to not being a student (HELLO FREE TIME!) but there are also so many great things about being a student that I really miss. So, without further ado here are a few things that I am looking forward to when I return to school in September to start my master’s degree!
You get to meet like-minded people
In high school you are forced to take the same mandatory classes as everyone else with only a little bit of wiggle room to explore your specific interests. Thankfully, in university this is no longer the case! You get to focus your studies more so on what you are actually interested in which means that you get to meet a lot of like-minded people who have similar career aspirations and interests! I loved this about my undergraduate degree and I’m sure the same will be true of my master’s degree.
You will have deep, intellectual conversations about things that matter
Over the course of the past year, I’ve felt as though my conversations and interactions with people have become mundane and unfulfilling. I miss having insightful, thought provoking conversations with people about anything and everything.
Guaranteed social interaction
This one might seem like something that can be fulfilled whether you’re in school or not, but what I’ve found in the past year of being out of school and in the “real world” is that scheduling time to be with friends is a lot more difficult when you’re all on a different schedule. When you no longer have classes to bring you together regularly it becomes more difficult to see your friends which can lead to isolation and loneliness. Going back to school will mean getting to meet new friends and see people on a regular basis again!
Researching and learning new things!
While I can’t honestly say that I miss spending all of my free time writing papers and reading textbooks, I really do miss learning about new things and researching topics that interest me. One of the most fulfilling aspects of my undergraduate degree was my fourth year capstone project which took hundreds of hours of research and writing time and resulted in an original academic article written solely by me (which just so happened to win first place in my faculty for 2015!!)
Making a contribution to the world
University prepares students for many things, one of which is the contribution of original ideas and academic work. Whether this is through a dissertation thesis, a capstone project, or another form of research project or experiential learning, students are encouraged to learn from and build upon pre-existing knowledge in order to make advancements in their field. Being a student means you have the opportunity to make a contribution to your area of expertise while under the supervision of leaders in your chosen profession. Take advantage of these opportunities while you have them because once you leave school it can become much more difficult to get your ideas out there.
Self-discovery and personal growth
Looking back on my undergraduate degree it seems so surreal to witness just how much I’ve changed over the years. Five years ago I would have never considered completing a master’s degree and I certainly wouldn’t have even entertained the idea of going to school in the largest city in my country. Now, five years later I’ve not only managed to overcome countless obstacles, but I’ve grown as a person and become infinitely more independent. I learned so many things about myself over the past few years and I’m sure I’ll continue on this path of self-discovery throughout my graduate degree as well!
These are some of the things that I personally miss about being a student and I am looking forward to them when I return to school in the fall. I feel like a lot of the content I read online about university highlights the negatives that go along with the experience and I wanted to showcase that there are also so many wonderful things about going to school and being a student!
Do you have any ideas to add on to this list? Let me know in the comments what you miss about university/college if you’ve graduated or what you love about it currently if you’re still in school!