This is the life: five great things about being a student.
It’s that time of the year. With exam block approaching, it can mean only one thing: workload and stress levels mount up, while free time and finances feel like they’re in short supply. Life can feel like a struggle right now.
So just in case you’re beginning to wonder why you signed up for all this, we’d like to share five of the best things about student life – so even when you’ve got your head down in a study book, you can still keep your chin up!
1. Student discounts
Everyone loves a discount. And as a student, you can feel good knowing that companies are lining up to give you a special rate on everything from movie tickets and public transport to admission fees and dining out. Just flash your Student or Concession card for a great deal on a great deal.
2. Cheaper travel
Okay, so let’s take a reality check. Unless you’re very lucky, you probably don’t have a huge amount of spare cash to splurge on luxury getaways. Travel companies know this – which is why they often entice students with major discounts to win your business. Check out student-dedicated travel agents such as Student Flights to book domestic and international flights – and even your dream holiday – at a fraction of the price.
3. Study where you like
Some people spend every day sitting behind the same old desk, doing the same old job. But not you. Your study room can be anywhere you want it to be. If you’ve got a laptop and a wifi hotspot or USB dongle, the world’s your oyster. Enjoy some R&R at the beach. Prep for your mid-term exam with friends in the park. Or find the comfy corner in your favourite coffee shop. You’ve got to admit, having the freedom to choose your surroundings is pretty awesome.
4. Sleeping in
You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. You might take all those lie-ins for granted right now, but once you join the workforce, you’ll be longing for the good old days when you could sleep in until whenever… or take a nap when you felt like it. Enjoy it while it lasts!
5. Your independence
While it’s true that earning a salary can open up new opportunities, you’ll never feel more free than you do as a student. Right now is the time in your life when you get to pave your way – to choose the path you want to follow. Student life is your first taste of independence, when you get to enjoy the things you want, such as holidaying with friends instead of parents. So make the most of it and embrace the freedom that comes with being an adult.
See? It’s not so bad being a student. In fact, it’s actually pretty good. Even if you’re finding it hard right now, hang in there. Exams will be over before you know it, and an exciting future awaits. So grab life and run with it.