Your university years are going the best years of your life, they say. That’s true, for the most part (for many at least), but these years are also going to be the most stressful and anxiety-provoking. You’re choosing your path in life, your career, discovering who you are, and learning. On top of that, you have exams every other week, and deadlines keeping you up at night. AUB is going to be stressful, and many times you’re going to feel exhausted, but hang in there. If you go about AUB properly, it will prove to be one of the best investments that you will ever make. So here it is, the student guide to handling AUB:
1. Time management:
Manage your time well or you’re going to find yourself studying for the next day’s midterm, writing a term paper, and trying to watch the new episode of your favorite series all at once. Make a studying schedule, divide the work up, and keep track of your progress. Trust me, it’ll save you in the long run. Jafet library is open until midnight on weekdays, and even though vacant seats may seem scarce, don’t lose hope, the people with seats reserved since the morning will eventually leave.
2. Money management:
Keep an eye on your spending. Buying lunch on a daily basis may not seem like much, but you’re going to open your wallet at the end of the week and notice that all your money is gone. In this case, the cafeteria offers affordable food and the sandwich places on Bliss will spare your pocket (refer to the list of places to eat near AUB).
3. Clubs, societies, and extracurricular activities:
Clubs and societies offer great opportunities for students to develop skills and discover interests. Don’t miss out on what the AUB student life has to offer, your extra-curricular activities will make your university experience as memorable as the academics. Start as early as possible, you don’t want to have finished your stay at AUB regretting not having been part of a club, society, or sports team. There is something for everyone, go out, explore, and find your place. Maybe join Outlook?
4. Spending time on campus:
The AUB campus is one of the most beautiful in the region; don’t miss out on what it has to offer. Spending more time on AUB grounds, attending events, sitting with friends (and cats), and studying until the late hours will give you a lot of memories to look back on after you leave. In the late afternoon when many students have left home, a walk in upper campus might be just what you need after a long day of running around between buildings.
5. Exercise and healthy diets:
You will often find yourself overwhelmed with papers and studies, and eventually immerse yourself in unhealthy eating habits. McDonald’s is a convenient one minute walk away, but the extra pounds are not worth it. Go for healthy options, if you don’t want to look in the mirror at the end of the semester and realize that your clothes don’t fit you anymore. The gym is open from 6:30 AM until 10:00 PM on weekdays, and the green field always makes for a good run.
Sleep may seem dispensable when you’re crumbling under coursework, but you won’t be able to function properly without a suitable sleeping schedule. Don’t pull all-nighters the night before your exam or deadline, falling asleep in class is not something you want to do. Take this piece of advice from someone who’s been there, it’s a big no.