Done With First Year: Passing On My Wisdom

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The sound of sad trumpets bellows in the background as I sit at my laptop, writing my last blog of the year. There, there, it’ll be alright. Please, there’s no need to cry. Here, have a tissue. The crazy realization hit me that this week is my final week as a first year university student. From now on, I can no longer say I look lost because, hey, I’m a first year so cut me some slack. It is time to toughen up, pretend like I know everything and face the world head on. I’m ready, Universe. Hit me with your hardest, maybe not right now but in four weeks time when exams are pretty much done because I really don’t need those to be any harder.

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In keeping with tradition, I shall pass on my wisdom to the young’uns. I have compiled another Fabulous List of the things I have learnt over this year.

  1. Go buy some dental floss.

Your gums are hurting for a reason. Your mom told you to floss for a reason. Now that she’s not in charge of keeping up with the floss supply, that responsibility falls down to you. There are so many things you need the learn to do for yourself, and learn quickly. Luckily, due to natural selection or something like that, it turns out being independent and doing your own groceries is actually pretty fun, because if you don’t then you won’t be able to … y’know … live.


  1. Grades before babes, but babes before mental breakdowns.

Grades are important, but having fun is also very important. Just like your body needs rest days when you’re working out, your brain needs to kick it’s shoes off and be a couch potato once in a while. There will come times when you just cannot, cannot, catch a break, and yes, this really will test your mental fortitude, but be sure to reward yourself with a massage or something afterwards and just let yourself breathe. Mental health is important too. Go out with your friends, hit up town, or head to Te Rito for a game of pool. Half an hour of chilling won’t kill anybody.


  1. The gym is a great place.

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Or in our case, maybe not our husbands, but our textbooks. For those of you who are unaware these wise words came from a very wise movie, Legally Blonde (2001). I highly recommend you watch it. As Elle Woods so succinctly stated, exercise makes you happy. Releasing your frustrations about how bad that test went, or how annoying your roommates are, on some weights will be a lot more beneficial than, I don’t know, shooting your husband?


  1. Learn something.

At the end of the day, you’re at university to be a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as you can. I mean, you’re spending $8000 a year on a degree so let’s make sure we get our money’s worth. In my opinion, there’s no better feeling than putting something you learnt in class into practice in the real world. The only way to get that feeling is to actually learn something. Yes, university is all about having fun and discovering yourself, but it’s also a time you develop that strong work ethic and passion for learning that your whole schooling career has been pushing you towards. Oh god, I sound like my mom. Make us proud, darling.


That list barely scratched the surface of what I learnt this year. It was tough, but it was the best year of my life. Man, I’m trying to write a conclusion that would do the year I had justice, but it’s close to impossible to describe how grateful, happy, and excited I am about my experiences here at Massey University. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so hopefully this’ll do.

Good luck to everyone facing exam season, and good luck to those who will be fresh out of high school! You’re in for a real treat.



Well, hello there. Let me introduce myself. My name is Tania Thamrin, I would ask you yours but I’ve been told this is a blurb about me, so, sorry. I am a first year student at Massey University studying the Bachelor of Food Technology and have moved out of home to reside in the Halls of Residence on the Albany campus (Weka, woo!). I have a dog called Bruno, the cutest thing ever, a BichonxShihtzu and I miss him dearly. Oh, and a mom and a dad and a brother, I miss them too. I’m from Indonesia (but why do you look Chinese?) but my great-great grandparents were from China. My go-to stress food is Reese’s Peanut Butter cups – semester started yesterday and I’ve already had two. I’ve reached my word limit, so if you see me around, say hi! I promise not to run away.

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