It’s my final term here at LSE, and what a journey it’s been. The time has flown at what feels like lightning speed, and I’ll soon be leaving and saying goodbye to the place I have grown to love over the past few years. Very soon, LSE will be but a memory for me as I progress on to new and exciting chapters of my life. As I reflectively make my way through my final term of studying here, I’ve compiled a list of lessons that I’d like to pass on to anybody considering a degree at LSE, or already undertaking one. Whatever stage you’re at, I hope you’ll be able to find something useful from what I’ve gathered from years at university.
Manage your time well
So you only have a certain amount of hours in a day, and days in a week. With the time that we’re given, it often feels as though there isn’t nearly enough time to do everything that we want to do without suffering in some area or the other. I’ve had the privilege of meeting a range of very interesting and intellectually stimulating people over the course of my degree, and from observing their habits, I’ve often looked at myself and felt inadequate. The calibre of LSE students is so high that it’s easy to compare yourself with others, but I’ve found that this isn’t productive. It’s much better to ask for tips on how they find success in different areas of their life, and borrow some of their techniques. You might find it helpful to do so.
Organisation and good time management skills are vital to success in any degree that you’ll undertake, as well as being able to enjoy other parts of your life fully. There will be times where you feel more pressured than others, but it’s important that you dedicate some time each week to note down the achievements you’d like to make in a time period of your choosing, and ensure that you write down your tasks and activities. It’s important that in the process of this, you balance your personal life adequately with your duties and responsibilities. Good time management also means living a balanced life, and ensuring that you are not consumed by whatever else is going on in your life.
Make the most of every opportunity
University flies by. Having had many people who went before me, I was often told this statement. But until you actually start studying, it can be difficult to conceptualise what this actually means. Terms are quite short, especially at LSE. I’ve always said that by the time reading week approaches, it’s already time to say goodbye to that term. It’s easy to fall into a non-stop routine, and before you know it, you’re submitting your final essays and sitting your final exams.
In my last term at LSE, I’m learning to savour every moment and take every opportunity that I can, while I still have the time. Don’t wait until you’re graduating to experience university life properly. LSE has so much to offer academically, socially and in almost every aspect of your life. Sign up to an interesting society that you normally wouldn’t think of attending, watch a lunchtime concert or attend a public talk from one of the many intellectuals who moonlight as visiting speakers at our university.
There will be certain opportunities that will only be available while you’re a student. So try not to stress too much about how everything will work out, though it’s important to be on top of your studies and it’s great to have an idea of what your career will look like. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take part in all that the university has to offer. At such a timeless institution, it would be a shame to miss out on the unique opportunities that LSE offers its students.