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Embracing a Quarter Life Crisis

Griffith Mates Griffith University



A dive into the unknown!

These are all ways to explain the new waves of feelings that the university experience brings, when it’s something you’ve never known.

Not having been in a classroom for fourteen years,  the process of applying for university and starting to study were very daunting. I will  start with the straight-up truth that it was not easy, but I guarantee it will be a decision you never ever will never regret making.

I remember being in a corporate office bored out of my mind and I realised that university and the pursuit of a new career and life pathway was the only option for me, if I were to make it out of my stale funk.

The term ‘quarter life crisis’ is becoming huge in the media and society is finally beginning to recognise it. I would say many of you reading my blog understand where I am coming from! At 30 years of age I am regarded as a ‘mature age student’ – university and the vibrant experiences that spring from this place will show you that it is more than just books, long hours of study, limited down times and two minute noodles.

In a world advancing so quickly, the expectations of us is only increasing and it places the weight on us students, so below I have listed my hot tips for embracing this new experience and phase of your life – university!

  1. Do not worry, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel!
  2.  “What do I want to be when I grow up?”. I still ask myself this at least once a day. You may change your mind a few times but you will eventually work it out.
  3. Always challenge and question yourself. Don’t just take the easy path, but instead take chances, embrace opportunity, meet strangers who may be new friends.
  4. Think big picture. What drives you? What are you passionate about? How will my degree help me get where I want to go and do what I love to do every single day? This will help keep you on track.
  5. Make the most of your day. 24 hours isn’t always long enough, try and find the balance to reduce stress while also achieving what you need to.
  6. Remember you are part of a community. And it is a great community, full of opportunity and amazing people; including teaching staff and fellow students.

These six tips will help you in the first weeks of university while also making your decision to apply to study that bit easier and motivate you to take the plunge!  

– Rowan


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