While you think you slayed the beast of undergraduate studies, yet here comes another bigger dragon – the postgrad degree. You are certainly not alone in this and we decided to compile five tips to help you survive this battle – and win!
- Plan everything
Everything from the moment you write your entrance essay to the moment you step outside the school building wearing a graduation gown – everything should be planned. We are exaggerating, but it might help. Even if you are the most unorganized person in the world, this is the time to buckle up and get serious. If you thought undergraduate studies were more relaxed than high school, graduate studies are worse. With so much free time in between classes, it is important to prioritize. Plan out your study schedules so it doesn’t clash with your social needs.
Planning a financial budget can also help. Putting out all the costs upfront – tuition, accommodation, food and additional expenses will help you plan out everything out better.
- Apply for a scholarship
Most people are intimidated when they are asked to apply for scholarships, because they don’t feel competent. However, what most people don’t know is that there are hundreds of different scholarships tailored to different types of people. The key is to see what you are good at and apply for the scholarship asking for that aspect – for example an essay about leadership. With looming high prices, don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially if you are pursuing MBA scholarships.
- Don’t overwork yourself
If you have chosen to pursue higher education, try not to stretch yourself too much and get a part-time job. When you conduct research, you usually get paid for this portion. Having a job to stress about while thinking about your papers and projects is not good for your immune or mental system. Stress can severely affect your body that will in turn affect your relationships with your classmates and professors. You still need some ‘me time’ in order to do everything well.
- Load up on student discounts
As long as you have that university student card on you, everything is free reign. Make sure to ask restaurants, retail and makeup shops, whether they have discounts in-store or online. Some stores even have special student perks; let’s be honest, as long as you don’t change drastically after graduation – unicorn hair or busy beard – you can use your student card forever.
- Start cooking
Not only will this save spending money, the time to prep your ingredients and cook your meal will set aside a time for your brain to relax. Cooking is meant to be a relaxing, not stressful activity. It will also expand your creativity and produce a nutritious, delicious meal in the end. If you feel like you really can’t spare time, you can always try one-pot-pasta recipes.