• Aaron Patel

What I Did Right At University - Aaron's Experience

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Going to university is always a big chapter in anyone's life. The step-up from school or college to uni is truly a giant leap, a new world if you will. I'm here to share my experience of university, in particular, what I did right during my time as a student in higher education.

Opened up and became more social

I can admit that as a teenager at school, I was not exactly the easiest person to get on with. I really thought I knew everything and had it all together, no one could tell me what to do or what was right and wrong.

But once I finally got to university, I realised that I was going into a different world. I could not remain the same person anymore. After all, if I wanted to make friends and great memories, I knew I needed to change how I was and how I carried myself.

Changing my attitude really did benefit me for good, as I made some life-long friends who I am sure I will always stay in touch with. They have helped me grow as a person and made me realise that you can learn from others.

I will forever be grateful to all the wonderful people I met at university. I wake up every single day and count my blessings because with those people, I would not be who I am today and that is a very proud man.

Embraced responsibility

As a teenager, I avoided any responsibilities I had. It just wasn't my thing and not my problem, right? Well, this immediately changed within my first few weeks at university.

Prior to starting university, I was interested in joining my university's student media outlet. It was one of the things that made me choose London Metropolitan University. In my first week without hesitation, I headed straight for my Students' Union. Long story short: I started off helping them with their social media channels to working there on a student-staff contract.

Being handed that role out of really nothing meant a lot to me. I was being given a chance by people who had no idea who I was or what I was capable of. For the first time in my life, I was being given the chance and provided some faith. It made me understand that I was doing something right.

Nearly four years later, I make it my mission to be a better person as each day passes. Work hard not only for myself but for the people around me; my family, friends, and colleagues.

Not giving up - even when it seemed likely

During my first semester at university in 2017, I really considered calling it quits. For a short period, things became too much for me and I wasn't sure if it was for me. But I persisted because I knew I had to.

Making it to university in the first place was a challenge and a long road. It was my own actions that meant I had a long journey to get there, but I made it nonetheless. Despite feeling as if I should call it a day very prematurely, I knew that was not an option.

I persisted for the rest of the first year and before I knew it, I defeated those thoughts of self-doubt and from there they never returned. Don't get me wrong, there were times where I questioned my decision based on my mentality but I was always able to keep those doubt away.

By creating a never give up attitude allowed me to become stronger and always have the end goal in mind. To make my family and friends proud of me, as they are always going to be the people I keep in mind and want to make sure are proud.