Friday, 20 September 2013

A month's perspective of University

On campus:
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Scarf: ARITZIA
Jacket: LOFT 82
Boots: HIBOU
Headband: DIY
Shirt: OAK + FORT
Lipstick: NARS

A month has come and gone and I have have had a full month of experience of university.

Crazy how much can change within a month and yet so much is yet to come. 
I am studying arts and business at my local university and it's actually refreshing to learn courses that you have interest in and are able to apply within your life. In high school I didn't have a care in the world to invest my time in molecular bonds or globalization, and in being in classes that you have interest in you are also surrounded by people who carry the same interest as you and are open to learning. So in other words, it's nice not to have a class full of complete dicks. 
But with my knowledge of a month's experience of university, I wanted to share my experience and thoughts with you:

1. Professors give a shit, if you give a shit: My first class my prof made it very clear that if you're here to learn or to sleep, the choice is yours. You are filled with a classroom of 400 students, in the spectrum you are just a number. You are paying $10 000 in tuition, it gives you more of a motivation to actually learn. During my classes, I also realized that the prof also doesn't tell you if you have homework or not. Again, that's all on you. Everything is online and it's your responsibility to check and submit it before due date. If you're there to learn, great. If not, that's a really expensive nap you're taking. What you put in, you get out. 


2. $$$$$$$$$: Students enrolled in a graduate program paid an average of $6,053 in tuition fees in 2013/2014, up 2.3%. This followed a 4.5% gain a year earlier. Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs paid 3.3% more on average in tuition fees for the 2013/2014 academic year this fall than they did a year earlier. This follows a 4.2% increase in 2012/2013 (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130912/dq130912b-eng.htm) In conclusion, university is fucking expensive. But the spectrum on things, Canada isn't that bad when it comes to tuition. It is cheaper for a USA student to come to Canada as a international student, then it would be to be a student in their own state. In 2010/2011 an American's four year institution's tuition was $102 900 and a private institution $355 900 (http://www.statisticbrain.com/average-cost-of-college-tuition/). Compared to Canada where an average tuition fees for international undergraduate students rose 6.8% to $19,514 in 2013/2014, compared with a 5.5% increase in 2012/2013. 

On top of tuition, you have to buy textbooks. And Jesus Christ, those shits are expensive. 
For one semester I bought 5 textbooks for the cost of $540, for classes I will be in for three months. And it doesn't end there, for each class have different programs for online assignments. In my Stats class we have three different programs for labs, homework, and in class assignments- and all are paid for. So within three courses I have five different programs, wouldn't it be more convenient to have one universe program for students? If you wanted to encourage the youth to continue their education, wouldn't you reduce the cost and make it more accessible. If you want the next generation educated and to shape the world with their choices, doesn't it make sense to make university more accessible to everybody? Example: George Bush. In 2007 The Education Department who received $54.4 billion for discretionary spending in the fiscal year, was cut of $3.7 billion, or 6.4 percent. Bush eliminated 42 education programs deemed unnecessary or inefficient, including some money for the arts, technology, parent-resource centers and drug-free schools (http://www.foxnews.com/story/2006/02/07/bush-2007-budget-calls-for-education-cuts/).
In 2011 in the UK university applicants dropped 12% due to tuition fees. In 2006, when tuition fees last trebled from £1,000 a year to £3,000, applications fell by 4.5%, but were followed by a 7.1% rebound the following year. Two years after that, in 2009, applications soared by 10.1%.We are all different, we all generate a different income and that shouldn't limit us to the choices that we should or shouldn't have. If an individual has the drive to continue their education, one should. 
A number should not define a person.

3. Be prepared: This can be applied in many different ways. Being prepared for class, materials, being on time. Bring food and waterbottle to your classes, this can help you safe money and make you focused on your class and not the fact that you're hungry. Have the class materials with you, read the reading before/after class so you're able to follow along with your instructor. During orientation you're given an agenda, this for the next four some years will be your best friend. Organize your day accordingly. Before classes started I walked around campus with my schedule and figured out my roadmap. I have ten minutes before each classes, so this helped me time myself and find shortcuts to my classes. This also help you find where the cheapest coffee is (very crucial to my routine) or even where bathrooms are. Find areas where you might want to take your study breaks and be in your own space. Regardless what you do, make choices that benefit you in the long run- but remember you deserve the  cheap coffee and Subway on your days off.


University is a foreign place, and you're only able to learn as you go. 

You will fuck up. Don't focus on that, learn from it and carry on.
What are your thoughts/tips? Please share!

Until next time, 

Stay beautiful.

xxxxxx

EUK


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