The university experience goes beyond the classroom, if you make the most of it

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

As a returning fourth-year student I have regrets about my first couple years at university. I want to share my experience with you so you can make the most of your university experience.

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor

When I came to university I wasn’t entirely aware of the experiences I would have. I knew with certainty that I wanted to be here because I wanted to continue my education. What I didn’t realize was the numerous life experiences I would have or how they would shape the person I am by teaching me things I didn’t know about myself.

University life may be filled with classrooms, textbooks and exams but it can be so much more if you take advantage of what is now available to you. We pay thousands of dollars to be here and not all of that money goes to the classroom experience.

When you pay your tuition, take a look at your list of fees. Our money helps pay for academic and support services like tech support, career counseling and personal counseling, as well as recreational activities like guest speakers, student clubs and free yoga classes.

Do you know if you like yoga? Take a free class and find out! Maybe you’ll meet a new friend who will introduce you to another new experience. Or maybe you won’t enjoy it, but whatever the outcome is you will be experiencing new things that will teach you more about who you are.

The biggest thing I have learned about myself is that if I try, I’m more likely to succeed than to fail. That goes for everybody. You’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try.

It’s easy to talk yourself out of things and convince yourself they’re not possible. Challenge yourself to try something new and see what you can do.

I can now look back on my previous years at university and kick myself for not making the most of my time at TRU. Now I’m playing catch up, trying to squeeze in as many things as I can into my final years.

I realize now that this may be the only time in our lives when we will have this many resources and experiences available to us. University is also a place where we are able to reevaluate and learn about the world in a safe environment that promotes education and self-discovery.

Don’t miss out! Get out and take advantage of what’s available. Try new things and discover new things about yourself. You’re paying for the experience, so make it one worth having.