What do I Want? – Studying at the University After Graduating From High School

Some people start after an experience-rich, instructive, and exciting year abroad, which they have spent as an au pair or with “work and travel”. Some start full of energy after a voluntary social year, some immediately after graduating from high school, and some even years after having passed university entrance qualification. As many can already imagine, we’re talking about studying.

Finally the university entrance qualification in my hands – what do I want now?

At last, you have escaped from the unloved school and with it the hated subjects that were forced upon you to study in school. One would never have to learn chemistry, let alone math or physics, without realizing a more precise meaning behind it. Because, let’s admit it – everyone has their fans, which, nicely and through the flower, they couldn’t stand and with which they just couldn’t warm up. So it was more than understandable that in these subjects the vigor of the afflicted students was more like that of a sleeping pill than that of a stimulant drug.

Chemical formulas and historical data were thrown around as if they were free ballpoint pens in an election campaign. But the effect was the same as watching Chinese news and then playing it back without ever having learned a word of Chinese.

But after an endless 12 or 13 years, in which one has plagued oneself and physically attended countless boring school hours, one finally holds a scrap of paper in one’s hand that authorizes one to attend university. The plague has thus paid off and paid off. The feeling is a thousand times better than buying a new pair of shoes or a new X-Box game and the relief is enormous. 

And then, as a friend before me put it so aptly, you finally begin to live again. Because at the university you don’t have the problem of unpopular subjects. At least not as extreme and degenerate as was the case at school. Of course, there are also compulsory events at the university that you have to attend, but you can largely choose which subjects you want to take and which material you want to grapple with and grapple with for the next few years of your life.

Of course, there are limits there too, because otherwise, the lectures would all look like this: In English studies, you sit in the lecture hall and watch “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet” and other classics; Watching seasons Ally McBeal and “Law and Order” and in medical studies, you get to know important operations and areas through “Grey’s Anatomy”. Also, you learn how to tear open the sweet chief doctor, which would secure your financial problems and get rid of them.

What should I study? – The agony of choice

That brings us to the next step. You have to tackle the next problem at the root and at the same time overcome the next hurdle. The choice of study. Contrary to what was assumed, this turns out to be complicated and extremely time-consuming. Some take months to figure out what they want to study or if they want to study at all.

It used to be all very simple since most princess or teacher wanted to be a professional. The fact that the list of courses on offer is much longer than originally thought and that there are what feels like 100,000 other courses to choose from in addition to teaching, business administration, and the law is only realized when you read the thick brochure in Hand takes, which makes the Harry Potter books rival in thickness and leaf through them. One notices that there on almost transparent paper, in Arial four and line spacing 0, the various things that one can study at all are listed.

After two hours I didn’t feel like it anymore, because I couldn’t imagine anything under most of the terms, and I should have bought a magnifying glass because my eyes were now aching and I was slowly but surely feeling pretty underexposed because I was 80% of them I didn’t know any degree programs and couldn’t imagine anything about them. I could have bought a Japanese magazine and leafed through it – at least there were a few more pictures. 

The list of courses on offer is on the Internet, listed again on the university website, but you don’t get much further than with the brochure. After all, it’s the same porridge, just served on a different plate.

Tip: Use the student advisory service

That is why I advise anyone who has just as clear and precise a vision of the future as I do (plan: earn money, be wealthy, get married, have children) to contact a student advisory service to find the right course for them. So that at some point you don’t sit in front of the class, dissatisfied with your job, wondering what you are doing there, or realize after the 1000th psychology patient that you are not made for the job.

Such rash decisions are extremely unpleasant and unpleasant not only for oneself but also for those affected. Who doesn’t know him, the teacher, who sits down in front of the class on his comfortable armchair with the newspaper open and says one sentence after the other, such as “I’ve already graduated from high school” or “If you don’t want to learn,

So again. I warmly recommend doing internships so that you can immerse yourself in your work in advance and then contact a student advisory service. The University of Leipzig offers the central course advisory service, which is available to answer questions about courses, courses, study conditions, course content, aptitude test dates, and other dates and always opens its doors on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

Advice is also provided with the application, admission, enrollment, re-registration, leave of absence, change, of course, de-registration, and student advising. To do this, you simply report to the study office, which is also open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

When you have made an appointment with the central student advisory service, you get competent and helpful support when considering what exactly you want to study and what subject you want to delve deeper into. Quite apart from the fact that you will deal with this matter your entire future working life and should therefore think very carefully whether it is the right thing to do.

We know normal, well-known courses of study and one can roughly imagine what the course looks like. It goes from teaching to medicine and law to business administration. But if you don’t feel like being terrorized by lots of little monsters in school and exposing yourself to stupid questions (and don’t start with the adage that there are no stupid questions – we all know how we were as students – you should like to teach yourself ?!), would like to snip at corpses or would like to be embarrassed to sit across from a mass murderer in the courtroom, who is finding out about other interesting things, such as Egyptology or dentistry – which would be nothing for me if hundreds of me daily Smile at toothless people whose teeth resemble a piano keyboard. One tooth is missing, one tooth is there one is missing, the next is there – black, white, black, white, or black, yellow, black, yellow. But the country also needs dentists, otherwise, we would be drowned in bad breath.

Alternatives to conventional studies

If you don’t want to study full-time, you can also use the various time models of distance learning and study in parallel with your professional activity or training. Various courses of study are offered that can be completed comfortably from home. Another alternative would be a dual course of study in which theory and practice alternate – but you already receive remuneration.

Enrollment at the university

So when you have been to the student advisory service, or have found the right course without their help, it is time to register. But that’s not particularly easy either. 

First of all, you have to assure yourself and make sure that the chosen subject does not have an NC, and if so, that you can get into this NC. Whereby, in my opinion, the NC is total nonsense. What is the use of a 1.0 Abitur if I have no empathy or no real interest in my future job and just want to study it because I can ?! If I wanted to become a doctor, I would have to wait a long time before I could start working at the age of 40.

Just because I’m bad at history does it mean I can’t be a good doctor, or what? But that’s another pair of shoes and not the subject. 

In any case, it is important to find out about the chosen course of study early enough, as there are application deadlines for certain areas. If it doesn’t exist, then you can simply register at the scheduled time, with “simple” leaning a little far out of the window. Always open your eyes carefully and always read carefully what the conditions say because phoniatric reports or other expensive documents may be required, for which it is best to take out a loan. Or you may have to take language tests or placement tests to enroll in the course.

As you can see, there are several things to consider when enrolling.

When everything has worked out and you’re finally enrolled, you can sit back and relax and wait for the semester to begin. However, once you have applied for a degree with restricted admission, you will first have to wait. It’s worse than being tortured. Every time the postman rings, you jump up, as if stung by a tarantula, in the hope of receiving the certificate of acceptance.

You come back sadly into the room after shouting hateful tirades at the postman since the requested mail turns out to be a mobile phone warning and a dentist bill and not a positive letter from the university. Every time an email arrives in your inbox and your cell phone rings, you break into a sweat that comes close to Niagara Falls, with the risk of the cell phone could slip out of the wet sweaty hand, is significantly increased. And you go through all of this only to find out that it’s just Zalando advertising again.

Psychologists would, most likely, describe the behavior of the prospective students during the waiting period as manic-depressive – and not entirely without good reason. Women are against anxious, waiting students who have their days of pure relaxation and wellness vacation. 

When, after days of waiting, the confirmation finally comes that you have been accepted, you can be happy and calmly wait for the introductory week to start.

Don’t forget your Bafoeg application

Another tip: you shouldn’t apply at the last minute, otherwise it will be quite difficult to send the Bafoeg application – if Bafoeg is required – quickly and in good time and to get your little notes in your hands-on time for the start of your studies.

This brings us to the next point in the life of a (future) student. The Bafoeg application is in and of itself not a complicated one, but it is an extremely time and labor-consuming matter, as you have to fill out various forms of paper and obtain several documents. It is therefore highly recommended to deal with it early on. But you are very well supported by the University of Leipzig.

The Studentenwerk has the applications ready to be filled out – you just have to get them, and thus save yourself the printing costs (saving is a big issue in student life) and even helps you because there is a lot that has to be filled out. Once the application has been filled out, you can hand it in directly to the Studentenwerk, and then everything should be sorted out, if not some document is still missing. And the service goes even further – you not only get support in filling out the application, but also further information and support with other funding options that you may be able to apply for.

Student jobs

Unfortunately, there won’t be much left of the little student loan proceeds once you have paid your rent, the internet, and the electricity and done the weekly shopping. Therefore, it is allowed to pursue a mini job and raise your standard of living a little. After all, as a student you also have your wishes and dreams, there is no question about that. The decisive question is rather whether you have time. The Studentenwerk offers several student jobs on its website, for which you can apply directly to the Studentenwerk. You just have to be careful that you don’t earn more than 450 euros a month, otherwise, there can be problems with the amount of the Bafoeg and with the child benefit. With every slight change of any kind, you should report it to the Bafoegamt immediately or contact the Studentenwerk, to bypass and avoid possible complications. Better to ask too much once than too little.

Start looking for an apartment at a good time

There was just talk of rent. Many students will see them move to university as a new chapter in life starting in October. On October 1st, to be precise. On a Monday. Great! The first of the month and Mondays don’t have a particularly good reputation – especially when it comes to diets, since diets generally start on Monday or the beginning of the month and then fail miserably. But let’s hope that the study will not start with a diet. Besides, the aim of the course should be to gain knowledge and not to decrease it.

In this new phase of life, which is eagerly awaited, many people start with their apartment. Finally away from my parents and into my own home. However, the fact that you have to wash, cook, and clean yourself is ignored for the time being. Later you will drive the mountains of laundry to mom and dad and take the washed and ironed laundry back with you on Sunday evening. Someone else prefers a shared apartment in which they move in or possibly found a new one, and many a couple in love can finally find their first apartment together. If offspring are already planned, or possibly already exist, you can also get wonderful support and advice in this case. The university has organized extra events for (expectant) mothers and fathers in the introductory week.

He who seeks finds! – The apartment search is relatively simple. You just have to start looking around the housing market early enough. I can only give everyone the advice regarding the entire course and everything related to the course to take care of it early enough. Because you know how things are going – whoever comes last has to take what’s left. The best and cheapest, wallet-friendly apartments are usually already taken and no longer available.

Welcome to adult life. Excuses like “I forgot my exercise book” or “I’ll bring it up tomorrow.” Are not particularly helpful in the course of study, let alone target-oriented. As a child, I didn’t like hearing such sayings at all, but now I use one myself. But it’s true – what you can get today, don’t postpone it until tomorrow.

The introductory week

I said goodbye pretty quickly to the idea of ​​being able to lean back, as I always did in my oh-so-cruel school days (teachers always knew: “You will miss school.” I hate them and reluctantly to be right.) 

It starts with the fact that you have to put together the courses for the introductory week yourself, and not receive the fully printed timetable, as in school. 

But if you have passed this first hurdle, the next one is waiting. 

The timetable needs to be created, which turns out to be extremely complicated and a science in itself.

The desperation that overwhelmed me resembled an early mid-life crisis, as I suddenly no longer knew who I was and what I wanted. How many sheets of paper were torn in the garbage and how often was the computer slammed, the finger pinched in the process, and hit again on the computer because the finger hurt. Oh yeah … It didn’t go away from my pain, but I felt better. 

But if you just wait for the introductory week, you will get a competent tutorial there, which will help you to register for the right events. Therefore, if you are an impatient person like me, it is advisable to just wait for the introductory week to begin and get help there.

The introductory week is a very good event, which is not mandatory but highly recommended. 

For the different courses, there are various events from the different faculties, which you can attend to get information about the course of studies and other important components of the course.

Sports courses at the university

Somebody once told me that piano players are better at math. Well, there are two options now. Either I would have been more modest at math without my piano lessons or the theory was just wrong. Maybe I should have just practiced more, but what is certain is that sport is a good way to counterbalance stress at university. If you are stressed and are looking for a balance or if your background music is currently more like “They see me rolling” than “Sex bomb”, then go to the university website and browse through the range of sports courses. The university offers various sports courses, from Afrobrazilian Dance to Zumba. There are so many sports that you are spoiled for choice and have probably never heard of the existence of most sports.

For a small fee you can jog in the water every week (as if normal jogging wasn’t exhausting enough), shoot balls through the air armed with clubs, feel transported back to the Middle Ages with swords, splash around in the water, make movements to music or one Throw the ball through the air. There is something for everyone here.

Language courses at the university

If you are culturally interested, you can register for various language courses that the language center offers. Anyone who would like to greet Jacky Chan and Bruce Lee in their native language can register for the Chinese language course.

Unfortunately, some are forced to take Latin, as the Latinum is required for some courses. You can say what you want. You can be the most eloquent speaker and make the best arguments, but you just can’t get around it. But hey, just look at it positively and make the best of the situation. You can speak to the Pope in Latin if you should have the honor of standing before him. Or you can finally translate the inscriptions in the church. If that’s not motivation, then I don’t know either. Well, that wasn’t quite as convincing, but you just have to go through it. It can be approached positively or negatively. I am always in favor of approaching things positively because you have to go through it anyway. Then you can try to do it with a little joy.

Stay abroad during your studies

For some courses, you have to complete a three-month stay abroad and be able to prove it. You have the entire period of study to travel to the country in which the language you are learning in your course is spoken. You can either go to a university and then have your credit points credited, or you can simply live with a family or work as an au pair during the semester break or in a vacation semester. The main thing is that you can prove your residence. In other words, if you learn Italian, Italy is a good choice. With English, you have a bigger choice: England, America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, …

Learning, studying, books

Of course, the course consists not only of lectures and seminars but also of working from home. In other words: studying and writing homework for which books are of course needed. We live in the age of Google, Wikipedia, and Co, but sometimes it is advisable to just stick your nose into a book. There is the university library so that you don’t have to take out a loan from the bank for all the books that you need. Here you can study in peace if you can’t find peace at home or if you have to read so many books that you don’t want to drag them all with you. Night owls or people who panic to learn the day before the exam can enter the library at night through the night entrance and study there because the library is open 24 hours a day.

Students travel for free

Together with the enrollment, you pay a semester fee, which is 207.50 euros for the first enrolled and includes the student ID, which also functions as a library card and ticket. However, only from October 1st, when the semester officially starts. Then you can take the tram and the S Bahn back and forth as you are funny.

The study can begin

And when everything is finally settled, the Bafoeg application sent, the rental agreement signed and the enrollment cleared, then you can look forward to the university and the festive enrollment. 

The last problem of finding your way around the huge campus should be resolved after a few weeks. In the first few days, you will have to find your way around with Google Maps and it is best to leave the house two hours earlier to be in the right place on time, as the university is divided into different faculties, which are located in different locations.

By: Sina Riegel

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