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What was the best advice our panellists received?

Sometimes the best advice you can give is some that you received yourself. We asked our panellists what the best advice they received was, relating to their time at university. Here are some responses:

Learn to look after yourself physically and mentally. Look for support from your university.
James Ray, Oxford Brookes University

Work-life balance is the key to success.
Hana Hanif, University of Hull

Keep focused and be organized, as there is enough time for it all. All you have to do is use your time efficiently.
Bejal Patel, De Montfort University

Be open-minded and participate in almost every and any opportunity that comes your way. There is so much to learn.
Aashray Udhani, Oxford Brookes University

The best advice I received was to make the most of it! Join societies, do things you've never done before and make new friends. Everyone is in the same boat as you so don't feel nervous!!
Naheda Miah, Oxford Brookes University

Try to find people that share your same values and thoughts because they will be of great help when you are in need.
Giacomo Piccoli, University College London

Get involved in things! University is your last time to have fun trying out all sorts of crazy things for a relatively good price before you enter the big wide world of work. Try a new sport, take part in a new society, make conversation with the person sat next to you in lectures. Seize the opportunities available to you.
Kishan Rana, University of Exeter

Most of all have fun because these are the best years, don't push yourself too hard and learn the perfect balance between work and pleasure.
Ana Carolina Santos Mendes, Nottingham Trent University

Have fun. With everything. Courses are fun! And you're more intelligent if you're having fun.
Alice Hallman, Stockholm School of Economics

I remember being told in a lecture: 'sure, you could not do your seminar reading and sit at the back of the class and say nothing. It's easy to do and the chances are you'll still get by. But what an awful way to spend £9,000.' After university you will never again have the same amount of freedom to truly engross yourself in genuinely interesting topics. Make use of the amazing opportunity you have.
Luke Dunn, University of Bath

University can be quite an intense time but don't let anything build up to the extent that it becomes a huge task (work, washing up, social life, sleep etc.).
Harry Smith, University of Exeter