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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.

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

You really do get out only as much as you're willing to put in. You have to engage with the subject and once you do you are unlikely to take a back seat approach to it again.
Maria Rafferty, University College Dublin

Take every day as it comes and be open to new ideas and opportunities. Limiting your thinking and perceptions is the worst thing to do at university.
Arushi Prasad, University of Nottingham

Consistently self-reflect on what you are doing and what you want to do in the future so you can adjust your academic pursuits accordingly. Don't become stuck in the path you've started in if you find you don't enjoy it.
Joshua Frey, Troy University

Don't be afraid to try things you've never done before. Say the first 'Hello!'
Arshdeep Kaur, University College Dublin

As long as you manage your time you are going to do well.
Jonathan Evans, University of Winchester

Embrace one of the many novel opportunities on offer, either academic or extracurricular. You may find your life changes direction as a result.
Jordan Auburn, University of bath

Focus on success and doing your best, but don't forget to have fun. The two don't have to be mutually exclusive if you don't want them to be.
Shirel Gertan, Free University Berlin

Make the most of your time at university, try not to stress and try to get enough sleep.
Sean Cummins, University College Dublin

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

Stay on top of work during semester and it'll make assignments and revision less overwhelming and stressful at the end.
Aisling O'Connell, University College Dublin

Have a critical mind.
Hans Schoemaker, University of Leicester