Don’t Do What is Expected

Laura Laura / 1st years, Auckland campusLeave a Comment

In life there will always be a list of expectations wherever you go and what you do. Expectations on how to conduct yourself, expectations on what you should and shouldn’t do with your life, there’s even expectations that other people have of you.

And believe it or not, but at Uni, there is a list of expectations that you are required to follow when it comes to your classes and assignments. But why do just what is expected?

Contrary to the title, what I really want to get across in this blog is the importance of doing more than is expected – especially when it comes to uni.

Each week for your classes there will be an expectation that you do your readings, turn up to class prepared and then do follow up work to ensure you have understood the content. On top of this, there is an expectation that you hand your assignments in on time – this isn’t high school anymore people… yes you get penalised for handing in late assignments!

You can try to do the bare minimum and scrape by because yes C’s do get degrees. But why put in the most minimal effort possible and cheat yourself in the long term?

In the great scheme of things, I always have my long term goal at the back of my head – which is to graduate and become a practicing speech and language therapist. And this goal is what motivates me to strive over and above the expectations and really take time and effort to do my assignments, understand the content of the lectures and study hard for tests that are coming up. And why does this goal motivate me to excel?

1. Already, although I’m only studying, I’m investing in the future of my clients

Yes you heard me right. I’m already investing into the people I will encounter when I’m out practicing. The effort I put in now to understand the content and begin to apply it will impact my capability once I’ve graduated. It sounds silly but it’s true! If I try to get through Uni just by scraping by, my clients in the future won’t be able to receive the best possible treatment that I had the potential to provide. If you keep this in mind, it will help you put more effort in now.

2. If I don’t put the effort in now, I won’t when I’m working with actual clients.

Once we have graduated and are out practicing in whatever path we have chosen, believe it or not, but we aren’t going to miraculously have it all together. – We won’t suddenly be motivated, self-disciplined, organised and passionate if we haven’t taken the time to work on those things while we’re studying. If you didn’t put the effort while you were studying, then chances are, you won’t put the effort in when you’re working with clients. – it’s that simple!

And yes, you won’t have it all together all the time and there will be times when you feel like giving up but stay strong and keep pushing forward because it’s those times that shape and mould our character.

So keep on keeping on, and don’t do what is expected – do more than what is expected because it will benefit you in the long term.



My name is Laura Makker and I am the youngest of seven children. I grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato region just outside of a small town called Morrinsville. I have recently moved to the North Shore in order to attend Massey University, studying a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, spending time with family and helping out in the community. I enjoy walks outdoors and learning more about the New Zealand culture. I take Te Reo classes in order to learn more about the Maori culture and deepen my understanding of their people and their importance in Aotearoa. I am also passionate about developing countries and not for profit organisations. I am a World Vision Youth Ambassador for 2016 which will include speaking at schools and leadership conferences, helping run and promote the 2016 forty-hour famine and working a lot with the refugee crisis.