Being a university student is an experience unlike any other. While most individuals around the globe are fortunate enough to have experienced education to a degree, the key difference between formative education and higher education is that higher education is an elective choice. Individuals that go to university are (for the most part and in most cases) doing so because they want to build on their wealth of knowledge, they want to experience more of the same and expand their academic intellect.
When I finally decided that I wanted to pursue higher education, I knew that I only wanted to do it if I could do so at a university that held the same values as I do. I did not want to spend four plus years giving everything to a university that might not have my back. After some deliberation, I finally decided that I wanted to go to the University of Minnesota. Now, almost three years later to the day, here I am. I am approaching graduation and I could not be more excited. There are a lot of advantages to this place, however three of them stand out.
Providing tutoring and support on campus
Whether it is providing additional access to tutors for courses in set lecture theatres and tutorial workshops, or providing students with access to avenues that allow them to focus on giving their best to all their courses (whether that is through self-organised study groups or even a paper writing service), the point remains the same. The University of Minnesota provides tutoring and other support platforms that give us as students the opportunity to be the best that we can be all the time (especially during high stress points in the semester).
Offering networking events
Networking events are a priceless asset that the University of Minnesota has made it a point to give us access to. Whether these networking events are organised through the university on campus or independently outside of the university’s scope of involvement, these events have given me the unique opportunity to step foot, so to speak, into my industry before I have even graduated. Getting to connect with like-minded students like me heading into the workforce, as well as industry professionals, has given me confidence in myself and my career path that quite simply cannot be created or maintained in the classroom.
Support of mental health
By far the greatest gift that the University of Minnesota has given me to date is the support to make it through my courses as smoothly as possible, even (and especially) then said courses have reached a stressful point in the semester. I strongly believe that in order to be the best version of yourself, you must have a focus on your mental health. Thankfully for me, the University of Minnesota also holds this belief. Having such ready and constant access to support avenues like support groups and professional psychologists means that there has never been a time that I have not felt supported entirely and without exception.