The Perfect Recipe for University Life
The Perfect Recipe for University Life
  • Reporter Chung Yu-sun
  • 승인 2013.05.01 00:02
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March had been a month of greeting new students, catching up with old friends, and enjoying the relatively relaxed atmosphere. April had been a busy month with assignments and midterms. It’s time to keep track of time. Among the numerous struggles that may occur, there are three issues that I would like to give advice on.

Balance it Out
Compared to high school, university gives you a whole lot of freedom. Moreover, there are numerous extra-curricular activities to join, lots of people to hang out with, and dreams to fulfill. A lot of people will emphasize that this may be the highlight of your life; thus, enjoy and focus on having a diverse experience. It’s okay to flunk your classes. But when you logically think about it, academic grades do matter. You don’t have to be at the top of your class, but you should set a minimum score. Plus, it never hurts to leave a good record.
The point here is to balance out your academic record and extra-curricular activities. If you focus on only studying, you will miss out on a lot of experiences. If you focus on only enjoying extra-curricular activities, you will probably regret it in the future.

Stand Up for your Choices
When it comes to academic affairs, it is useful to hear the critiques and advice from your seniors who have already experienced the particular activity. However, it is important to realize that the opinions are subjective. They probably have not grown up in the same environment as you have. Moreover, their interests, skills, and personality may be completely different from yours. In this case, their advice or concerns may not apply to you.
Additionally, there will be times when your seniors will request for your sacrifice of time, whether it is for club activities or just hanging out. It is fine if you are free. However, if there is an assignment due or an upcoming exam, it is wise to ponder which is more important in the long term. Whatever choice you make, stand up for it.

Among the numerous relationships that can be formed in university, your friends are the ones who will be the most support during your most difficult times. However, there may be some struggles in the process of finding such friends. Once you start questioning how deep your relationship is, numerous doubts will occur; thus, it is best to look at their positive sides and trust in your friendship, since “friends are the family we choose for ourselves” (Edna Buchanan).
Because we are given so many choices, it is difficult to define what the perfect recipe for a healthy university life is. But, the process of figuring it out itself is an important aspect of being a student. Hopefully, we will all discover our personal recipe for a healthy university life soon.