Parting with friends is difficult, especially when you’ve been through thick and thin with them for five years of high school. You’ve probably made a pact with them to attend the same university and moving in together too. Life without them just won’t be the same!
But before you follow your friends, here are some questions to ponder about:
1. Can the university help enrich my experience?
Before you decide to enrol into the university with your friends, take into consideration how the overall experience at the campus can help shape you into the person you want to be in the future. Find out if there are any university events you can attend to get a general feel of what it’s like to study there. That way, you get to discover students’ learning experiences and decide for yourself if the course and institution are really what you want. Universities like Taylor’s, INTI and Sunway have events such as seminars and workshops so that they can give prospective students a feel of what it’s like to study there, or get to know a particular course better.
Besides that, think of how you can expand your networking opportunities at the university by looking into the activities and societies on campus. You could consider joining a cultural society where you can get to know students from various parts of the country (and the world!). Connecting with different types of people allows you to expand your horizon so that you can learn and grow.
2. Are you interested in the same course as your friends?
Your friends are interested in pursuing an Engineering degree, but you have always been passionate in music. What if the university your friends want to attend do not offer the course that you want to take?
Bear in mind that your passion and goals might differ from your friends. The path that you need to carve for you to achieve what you want in life will also be different. In the long run, you will be the one making important decisions about your life.
We suggest that you do your own research to find out more information about the course that you want to pursue. Think thoroughly about what you want to pursue by getting more information about it. Talk to people who have taken that course before, or get consultation from experienced education counsellors. Alternatively, you can also check out our guide on picking the right university course right here.
3. Will you be able to adapt to the environment?
Each university has a different environment. For example, universities like Segi KL is located in the heart of a bustling city with a busy night life, while Taylor’s University has an enclosed lakeside campus which is suitable for students who prefer a more peaceful environment while still being near your favourite hotspots.
You can attend a university Open Day event to find out more about its environment and location. Take the opportunity to experience their amenities and get to know their societies so that you’re familiar with the kinds of activities are usually being held on campus. There will most likely be Student Ambassadors who will give you a tour and answer any questions you have. You’ll get a better insight into the university that you won’t find on their official website.
We also suggest that you visit various campuses with different environments to see which one suits you best. Uni Enrol would also be able to give you a guided tour around the campus of your choice - just contact us. Take your time to decide if you’d be comfortable studying (and living!) there as it will be where you will be spending most of your time when you start your university life.
4. Is the course delivery method compatible with your learning style?
Your friends prefer examinations and reading up on theories, but you prefer doing hands-on learning, such as conducting experiments in the lab. If you learn better by doing practical work, you will want to enrol in a course that lets you explore and discover new things by doing hands-on assignments. Before you follow your friends to the same university, evaluate which method of learning is better for you and choose the course that is the most suitable for you.
Be proactive by researching online and approaching lecturers who oversee the courses you’re interested in to determine what the course structure is like. Most faculty staff would usually reply to queries about a course. You may also consider talking to education counsellors about it as well.
5. Do you want to embark on a new journey?
Before you decide to follow your friends, ask yourself if that decision is really aligned with your future plans. You might want to feel supported by a group of friends that you are already familiar with as you transition into a new phase in your life. However, this is a life-changing moment where you get to start anew and step beyond your comfort zone. It’s the time where you can embark on a journey of self-discovery and reinvent yourself.
Our suggestion? Even if you do end up attending a university with your friends, take part in something you’ve never done before. If you’ve always wanted to do more outdoor activities, join a club that is passionate about nature and is active in organizing activities like camping or hiking. Prefer a fun activity where you can interact with others? Take up a team sport like football or dance classes.
You have plenty of options to choose from when you attend university. All you need to do is take the first step and explore. You might just be surprised with what you’ll discover along the way!
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