‘Introduce yourselves to the people that are sitting beside you.’ Instructed my lecturer.
‘I love your hair! Where are you from? Let's be best friends.’ I said to the girl next to me, who had the loveliest locks of naturally golden hair.
‘Yes! Lets hang out tomorrow after class?’ She replied instantly. I felt relieved that she actually accepted my impulsive behaviour and invitation! Five years later, she is still one of my best friends and practically like an aunt to my two children who they love as well.
I also connected with a group of friends, who I treasure, that come to visit me in Switzerland and we explore other countries together! I feel so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to attend university and as a result met these people.
Unlike in school, everyone at university chose to be there. Your campus will be filled with people who chose a similar subject to study, if not the same one. This means that you will be surrounded by like minded people. Making it easier to connect with others as you’re more likely to have similar interests.
Unforgettable memories will be created from supporting each other with your academic goals, forming a personal bond and partying together. These may establish friendships that could last a lifetime.
Attending university is also a great networking opportunity.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. An article in Forbes agrees with this statement by saying that ‘a good network is especially important when finding the appropriate contact is difficult’ (Savitz, 2012).
I would often receive emails from my lecturer about internship positions that were available at the time for me to apply to. These were usually forwarded emails from employers who were seeking students to employ.
The person’s email whom I had to pursue was always included in the email. This gave me a direct link to them and saved me a lot of time in doing research to try to find these key people!
This influenced the fact that I obtained and completed an internship with the London based Public Relations company Freuds, during the month of November in 2016.
New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have, the richer we become (Savitz, 2012).
The lecturers are current and well established professionals in the field that you choose to study. They will share their knowledge with you which will help you understand how the industry works and how you can profit from it.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.
- Kofi Annan