Advice for university students, from interns

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I'm sure you've heard it all before, all those "work hard now" and "sacrifice pays off" lines. It's easy to brush them off and think there's nothing left to learn. But when you're at this major transition phase in your life, it's crucial to get some tips or a word of advice from people who have been through it and can relate. You'll only have yourself to thank in the end.


How do you feel university life differs from the working life? Let us know by emailing us at chatback@Parent24.com and we could publish your comments. Do let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous.


Without further adieu, here's what our interns had to say about the university experience as well as life after university:

Saara Mowlana 

Editorial intern at Traveller24.com:

1. What did you study at university?

Film and media (undergrad) and media theory and practice (honours).

2. How would you sum up your university experience in 5 words?

Stressful, exciting, challenging, tumultuous, unpredictable.

3. How did graduating university feel? 

Like a proper and solid relief. A little bit angsty with the uncertainty of the future, but also a little thrilling because of it.

4. What's some advice you would give to a final year student?

Work your hardest – trust me, it is worth it and also works in your favour. The real working world presents new stresses, so conquer the familiar while you can. Join societies that fuel or stimulate your interests; to be honest, societies relevant to your career goal do well to assure you internships. Intern while you study too.

5. What are some of the major differences between studying and the working life?

In your studies, there is a little more leeway for error, allowing you to learn from any bumps along the way. The working world requires you to be a quick learner, especially as things shift and change so rapidly. So be sure to acquire that skill while you can and enjoy the long vacs!

Lauren Mitchell

Editorial intern at Health24.com:

1. What did you study at university?

Film and media, specialising in journalism.

2. How would you sum up your university experience in 5 words?

Exciting, eye-opening, tiring, informative, interesting.

3. How did graduating university feel? 

It was really emotional and overwhelming for me. But I was excited to start my career.

4. What's some advice you would give to a final year student?

The last stretch is always the hardest, so push through and keep working hard. Also enjoy your last year as much as possible.

5. What are some of the major differences between studying and the working life?

I guess it's all environment dependent. Some professors are more friendly and lenient than others. The same goes for your bosses.

Ethan Van Diemen

Editorial intern at Traveller24.com:

1. What did you study at university?

Journalism and media studies, industrial and economic sociology, history.

2. How would you sum up your university experience in 5 words?

Mind-opening, life-changing, beneficial, fun.

3. How did graduating university feel? 

Happy and sad. Happy to have succeeded, sad that part of my life is over.

4. What's some advice you would give to a final year student?

Study more than you sleep. 

5. What are some of the major differences between studying and the working life?

At work, the people around you aren't (necessarily) your friends.

Khaya Dondolo

Editorial intern at Wheels24.com:

1. What did you study at university?

Journalism, media and philosophy. 

2. How would you sum up your university experience in 5 words?

Really awesome and depressing experience. 

3. How did graduating university feel?

Huge sigh of relief with anxiety of not knowing what next life has in store for me.

4. What's some advice you would give to a final year student?

Start networking.

5. What are some of the major differences between studying and the working life?

When studying, you do everything in your own time; working feels a lot more like being in high school in terms of time. More pressure to perform better.

Jesse Jade Turner

Editorial intern at Parent24.com

1. What did you study at university?

English and language and communication studies.

2. How would you sum up your university experience in 5 words?

Challenging, exciting, whirlwind, adventure, growth.

3. How did graduating university feel?

It felt like the biggest relief but also so scary because you actually have to face the real world. It was good to say goodbye to exams and assignments though.

4. What's some advice you would give to a final year student?

Don't play around. This is the final stretch, make it count. It is the most rewarding feeling to actually do well. Start looking out for employment and internship opportunities as soon as you can.

5. What are some of the major differences between studying and the working life?

My free time is now my own and there are no exams or assignments which is a big plus. You do have to grow up and start paying for things like a real adult though, which sucks.

How do you feel university life differs from the working life? Let us know by emailing us at chatback@Parent24.com and we could publish your comments. Do let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous. 

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