What makes a student memorable

Full-time study ~ You should definitely have these qualities

Full-time study and student status

There are many different ways to get a college degree. Students by profession are only those who register for full-time studies, regardless of whether they are still working on the side or how much time they actually invest in lectures and exam preparation. The student status that one attains as an official full-time student comes with various privileges, which primarily bring financial advantages. E.g. you pay less social security contributions if you work alongside your studies. You can apply for BAföG, your parents receive child benefit and you are insured through them at no additional cost until your 25th birthday. Then you pay the reduced student rate of the statutory health insurance. So there are more than enough good reasons to decide to study full-time.

Alternatives to full-time study

However, full-time study is not the optimal solution for everyone. Alternatively, you should think about the following types of study, the advantages and disadvantages of which I will of course link you to:

Studies: imagination vs. reality

The student days are an unforgettable period for many people, which has helped them enormously not only professionally but also personally and which has brought them further. But while many songs, films and series often convey the image of partying, carefree students, life as a student harbors countless challenges - in the university, but mostly beyond. A degree is not suitable for everyone. For a successful degree and a successful start into professional life afterwards, you should have a few qualities. Otherwise, it may make more sense to start another training immediately after graduating from high school or to focus on professional life.

Self-motivation and independence

A full-time study usually means, above all, being responsible for one's own actions and success. Nobody tells you what exactly, when and how to do it anymore. During your studies you are just one of many. Nobody feels responsible for you. School is just different from university. Not only because of the volume of learning, which is usually exorbitantly higher in the university. One of the greatest challenges is the complete self-organization with which one is confronted immediately after the beginning of the study. Suddenly, in addition to the learning curve, there are also registration and registration deadlines for exams that must be adhered to.

At the same time, you also realize how little you are bound. After all, many exams can be repeated in the next semester, in three months or indefinitely in the future. Instead of simply wanting to advance to the next class, you now have to actively register for exams and prepare for them - knowing that you can take these often learning-intensive exams later. Independence and self-organization are therefore necessary in order to be able to complete a learning-intensive degree in a timely manner.

Dealing with modern media and the internet

While there are certainly some studies that make do with the university library, books, and analog learning methods, the lion's share of studies require the use of the Internet. But here it is not just the occasional e-mail traffic. In fact, the internet is mainly used for research and project work. You should know how to research rare documents and books on the internet and use the internet search engines to your advantage. If you only used the internet for cat pictures and Instagram before starting your studies, you should allow for additional time to learn these skills.

Soft skills - more in demand than ever

In the last few decades in particular, only hard facts were relevant for admission to universities. Grade 8 grades, high school diploma, recommendations and references. But in the meantime that has changed at least partially. Although hard facts and certificates are most important, good soft skills can still make a big plus at the interview at your personal dream university - or drastically reduce your chances.

If you are already studying, the "soft skills" are also becoming increasingly important for academic success. The reason: Study projects and work are increasingly being done in small groups or in partner work. Due to the increasing digital networking of fellow students and professors with WhatsApp and digital learning and work platforms, correct communication is becoming more and more important in order to receive help from fellow students or to complement one another.

Survive phases of high stress

Full-time courses are theoretically designed for an average workload of 40 hours. This includes the participation in the course as well as the preparation and follow-up work, as well as the preparation and participation in exams. However, the actual workload varies greatly in the various departments. Some courses are more labor intensive than others. And on the side, a large number of the students work to finance their living. You should therefore be aware that at least a few times, weeks and months you have very little free time and that you are constantly studying. Phases with 10-12 hours of drums per day occur regularly, especially during the exam period in January / February and June / July.

True passion that goes deep

In a German survey, 59 percent of those questioned stated that professional interest was the reason for starting their studies. This is exactly what is usually necessary in order to actually finish the course. And as you have just seen in my own little survey, choosing a degree is not the end of the story. You can always choose another profession later. In retrospect, what exactly you have studied is often secondary to your career choice. It is therefore important to know how profound the interest in a field of knowledge actually is before starting your studies.

Above-average knowledge of English

While one has mostly got by with German in the past few decades, the times here have changed drastically: In practically all popular subjects, significant knowledge of English is required. This is particularly evident in the areas of business, marketing, IT and natural science subjects. Starting with a large number of English technical terms, students are simply expected to deliver high-quality work in English - which is repeatedly requested and tested. The advantage is of course that you are more attractive to employees abroad.

A healthy dose of realism

Just as the apprentice does not expect to become the master of the jigsaw after a few weeks, one should not misjudge the effort and career opportunities. There are enough apprenticeships that are later paid better than some academic degrees. In addition, a degree does not qualify you for anything. He only opens doors. Ultimately, you have to convince with skills, motivation, social skills and commitment.

It is very similar with your school leaving certificate. A good Abitur does not automatically make you a good student, and certainly not a good professional practitioner. The Federal Constitutional Court has now recognized this and is now overturning the admission procedure for medical courses via the Numerus Clausus.

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