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How To: Make The Most Of Your Final Semester At University

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Aberdeen chapter.

How to: Make the most of your final semester at University

Knowing you only have a few months left of uni is hard, feeling like every time you do something could be last time, paired with the impending fear that you’re about to enter the “real world”, it can all get a bit over whelming. But fear not, it can actually be the best time of your whole university experience so here are my tips on how to make the most of it!

Say Yes!

Quite simple but, just say yes to everything! (Obviously within limits but you know what I mean). People want to go out on a Monday? Sure thing, can’t do that when you’re working a 9-5. Pizza for breakfast? Why not, it’s kind of frowned upon a bit when you’re 30. 2am drive to the supermarket in your pjs to buy things you probably don’t need? Count me in, I could definitely do with some cookies seeing as my metabolism hasn’t caught up with me yet. Hot guy on the dancefloor wants to buy you a drink then bore you with his chat for half an hour before he finally asks you back to his? Yes please, questionable one-night stands are really only acceptable if you carry a valid student card.


Don’t worry (too much) about the future

We all fear the dreaded question, you’re sitting at a family lunch just enjoying a nice home cooked meal and you start chatting with your auntie which is when she asks you what every university student hates to hear: so, what are you doing after you graduate? If you don’t have an answer it’s never a fun question to get but you have to get to a point where you just accept that every time you tell someone you’re in your final semester they’re going to ask what you’re doing afterwards. You just have to know that pretty much nobody has their whole life figured out when they’re getting ready to leave uni so take solace in the fact the fact that you’re not alone, don’t let it bring you down when you’re trying to enjoy yourself. If you have a job lined up, that’s amazing, be proud of your achievement but if you don’t and you really just want to travel to the other side of the world and live on a beach for a few months, that’s ok too! And if you really have absolutely no idea what you want to do, that’s fine as well, you have your whole life to figure out what you want and who you want to be, you don’t need to have your whole life together by your 22nd birthday.


Appreciate the little things

When you’re out in the big bad world living as an adult you’ll remember all the little things that made uni so good that you don’t even think about when you’re there. Being able to just stroll into your besties room at any time of day to ask for advice or just to have a catch up is definitely something to cherish. Having so much free time, being able to go on a full night out for under £20 and even just having student discount are all little things we’ll miss when they’re gone! Also appreciate just being able to only care about yourself, when you’re at uni you’re really the only person you have to worry about so make the most of having things be all about you.

Give everything your all

When you’re in your final semester, don’t do things by halves, go big or go home. Make everything a celebration and an excuse to have a good time. On top of that we can’t forget that with all this celebrating you probably do have some work to do as well, so give that your all too! You don’t want to finish the year feeling that you could have made that presentation slightly better or that that essay could’ve done with more time on it, you don’t want to walk out of your last exam feeling like you didn’t give it your all. So of course, live it large whilst you can, but don’t forget that it would be fun too if you left with a good degree!

Embrace the end

All good things must come to an end, it’s sad but it’s true. The fun of university can’t go on forever and there comes a time when we probably feel slightly too old walking to class or on the dancefloor, everyone seems like, 12 years old all a sudden. So, embrace it, as I’ve said make the most of everything that you’ve experienced and all the amazing memories you’ve made but know that good things are coming to you once it’s over. Enjoy the final times you have with your friends and take it every opportunity that you get during your final few months. Even if you’ve had down times, which we all have, don’t swell on the past and make sure to mend friendships and build bridges before you part. Be sad to leave, but happy to go.


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