What an exciting time. It’s the start of your first semester at Tilburg University. Your campus is flooded with thousands of new students from around the world who will be starting their first year at university. For many students (and their parents), transitioning to university is an exciting yet daunting experience. Questions are racking your brain: Will I fit in? How will I make new friends? Am I going to survive my crazy hard Microeconomics course? Lix sat down with Tilburg University student, Jody Rutjens, who shared five study tips to help first-year students succeed in and out of the classroom. Let’s dig in.
Lix: What is one thing about Tilburg University that every first-year student should know?
Jody: Tilburg University is one of the few universities in the Netherlands that has a Carnival break! This way, you can polonaise (dance) all day without worrying about your 8.45 lecture the next morning.
Lix: What has helped you survive a tough semester?
Jody: During stressful periods at university, it is important to make time for fun things with friends. In my experience, studying can get a bit lonely. Taking a break and talking with a friend about it over lunch or dinner has always helped me to relax!
Lix: What techniques do you use when studying for a big exam?
Jody: My advice is not to overdo it by spending 12 hours a day in the library. This will drain your energy and concentration and will make all that hard work counterproductive. Make sure to take periodic breaks—go for a walk, head to the gym or take a coffee break. Balance is key.
Lix: What do you recommend to students who are struggling to make friends at a new university?
Jody: Tilburg University has many different associations students can join if they’re looking to meet new people! Whether you are interested in joining a sports team, study group or student association, there is something for everyone.
Lix: What is the best advice you could give a first-year student?
Jody: Don’t forget to make the most out of your student life—these will probably be the best years of your life! Take full advantage of it.
Remember, university isn’t just about studying hard in order to achieve one’s career goals. It’s also about making lifelong friendships and connections. So go grab university life by the horns and enjoy the ride! We are rooting for you and wishing you the best as you start your first year of university. And if you need some help organizing your studies, we’re just one click away!
Jody Rutjens is a 21-year-old Strategic Management graduate student at Tilburg University. Tilburg has been her hometown for the past four years, so she knows her way around the city and the university. She likes to spend her free time playing water polo and/or having drinks with friends in no particular order.
In need of some more tips? Check out A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Tilburg, where Jody offers up some tips on where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Tilburg on a student budget.