Did we mention it’s Graduation Week?! This week we’ve been gate-crashing ceremonies so that we can meet as many of our graduates as possible and celebrate with them. It might be that you’re exactly the same as you were three years ago, but we’ve got a hunch most of our graduates have grown and developed into different people to when they started at Coventry. And there’s nothing like hindsight to give you all that advice you wish you’d been able to give yourself when you started university!
As you’re now all ‘older and wiser’ we wanted to know: What would you tell your first year self?
It’s going to be OK. Work hard; you’ll get all the help you need. All you have to do is ask for it.”
Chimora Obi & Odesesan
Work hard in your first year to make it easier the next year. Don’t take first year for granted.”
“Use lecturers as much as you can. Take full advantage of them.”
Get some experience during the summer. Look into what a ‘year in industry’ is.”
Lauren Mansfield and Sanna Rauf
Sleep less, do more.”
“Be more confident, get involved. Do everything you can.”
Ellis Baderinwa & Mo Abdelgadir
Ellis and Mo had pretty conflicting ideas…!
Don’t go out as much!”
“Revel in your first year.”
Enjoy every moment as much as you can! Be around people that motivate and boost you and aim for the job or industry you want/want to be in! Get those priorities in check and challenge yourself at every given chance.”
Try 100% and don’t let yourself get carried away.”
Cliche but… Believe in yourself. You’re more capable than you think!”
Get involved, join sports clubs, societies, everything you can.”
And of course…
Don’t ask cheerleaders if cheerleading is a sport.”