10 things to do during your studies

University life in brief: Lectures, notes, chores, exams, presentations and more exams - all supported by countless cups of coffee. Although you're probably up to your elbows on productivity-enhancing measures, study strategies, and tips to keep your energy up, have you ever thought about what happens on the day you graduate? How do you want to feel when you throw your mortarboard into the air? What skills do you want to learn?

Give yourself a head start with these 10 things to do before the end of your studies. Master these and you will be more than ready for a life outside the campus walls.

Stop talking yourself badly

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies. You may think that we only want the best for ourselves, but unfortunately this little voice does not leave us in peace. "Look, you've failed again.", "Why do you give them to you ?this position? "," You will fail, "and so on. Learning to silence that voice - and not talking bad oneself - is a lifelong task. Take the first step by trying a simple exercise: If you notice a negative thought (that you did not complete an exam as well as you thought you did not get the internship you wanted), recognize it, accept it and then let him go. Imagine how the thought vanishes, how a balloon bursts or gets trapped in a box. With practice, the negative thoughts will disappear and you will generally feel more confident and look at life more positively.

Say "yes" to opportunities

News: The world is not just your country, your city or neighborhood. Luckily for you, it is much more complex and interesting! Maintaining your curiosity for other cultures may be the only important thing you can do to learn more about the world. Is there a French movie or an Asian restaurant festival this weekend? Go there! Have you seen Capoeira classes or African dance lessons near you? Sign in with a friend. Only good things can come from these new experiences.

Do not pack yourself into a drawer

And on that basis ... It's easy to say, "I do not like ..." or "I'm not good at ...". But, you know what? You can always change. Maybe you love chess or Vietnamese food. You may be incredibly good at kick boxing or as a part-time tutor. Whatever the situation may be, ignore the voice in your head that says, "By no means." Instead, try "I'll try."

Accept responsibility for your errors

Blaming others is easy. But is it effective too? After pointing at someone else, you feel better in the short term. But wait a bit and you'll see that blaming others is immature. Like a retreat? It's not your loud roommate's fault: the next time you study in a library or a quiet café. You have violated the feelings of a friend? Do not ignore the whole thing: Invite him or her for a coffee and apologize. But also be careful not to roll yourself into this thought and turn it into the negative thoughts we've just discussed in detail: realize them, decide to do it better the next time, and then let them go.

Make a priority list

What would you like to see or experience in your life? How about a study abroad? Traveling through Spain, Canada or Brazil? To learn another language? Taking a break to teach English, to dive or to work as a nanny? Get those ideas out of your head and write them down. Priority lists are a great way to introduce you to all the possibilities that await you. Remember, you can expect a lifetime after graduation. A lot of life even.

Learn to be independent from your parents

While your parents might like to keep your Anfeuerungstruppe and emergency rescue team until your 70th birthday, a part of adulthood is - unfortunately * * - you even get out of trouble if something happens. Start learning how to handle your money: pay your bills first and back up every month to cover emergencies. If you still live at home, get dressed up and wash your clothes yourself, hire them (if you work) and offer to cook some days a week (a great way to prove your cooking skills) ,

Learn how to cook

Knowing how to cook something good for yourself will help you on your path to independence. Forget about complicated recipes and the gourmet kitchen: Healthy and tasty dishes can be easily prepared, such as a chicken pan with vegetables, an omelette, baked pasta or stuffed jacket potatoes. Look for fast, healthy dishes on food blogs or ask your parents and friends for some ideas. Your aim? Coming through the week without ordering anything from the delivery service or stopping by at mum and dad to get some food served. The bonus? The ability to cook an appealing meal is a sure way to impress a potential friend / potential friend.

Learn a foreign language

The benefits of bilingualism are many: improved memory, better concentration and slower loss of cognitive ability, higher salary - just to name a few. Also, imagine how great it is to order your espresso in Italian or to book a diving course in Brazil in Portuguese! If the prospect of learning a new language makes you nervous, achieving perfect language proficiency is not your ultimate goal. Instead, just indulge in a few classes, find a language "tandem" partner, read books and magazines in that language, or get online lessons through Skype. Best of all, go abroad and live in the country where the language is spoken, The experience of mastering your everyday life in the new language helps you remember your vocabulary, grammar, and phrase usage much more quickly. It's much more fun for that.

(If you've already taken steps to learn another language, check this postto see if you're on the right path to perfect language proficiency.)

Make a driving license

Knowing how to drive is an important skill on the road to independence. Just think about how many times a license can help you: a weekend with friends, help your brother move out, do some shopping, take a friend to the airport, or a carpool to work or school. If you do not plan to buy a car, that's no problem either. Just remember that learning to drive is never wasted time.

Purchase one (or two) flight tickets

What better way to celebrate graduation than to board a plane into the unknown? Maybe you want to be a cheap backpacker in South-East Asia? Or live or work in Japan, Britain or Australia. Or make a classic trip through all the interesting countries of Europe, or a road trip through the US? Whatever you dream of, prepare yourself for the final exam: look for cheap flights, research visa requirements and find supportive networks if you need anything. But do not forget the most important step: to buy the plane ticket as well. This little step brings your dream trip from "Maybe I'll move on someday." To "Next week we'll start!".