Wondering what the day to day life of a varsity student is like? Well, we were lucky enough to come across Bonnie Zondo’s vlog about what varsity life looks like. Here’s what she had to say.
The daily grind
“It’s not every day that I feel productive, some days are a bit off for me.”
Bonnie starts with a disclaimer that it’s not every day where she feels energetic, and some days are difficult. At varsity, you won’t always feel like showing up, doing your assignments, prepping your meals, attending lectures (even online), etc. You will have to motivate yourself to get things done, even on the days when you’re not up for it.
Bonnie sets time apart to catch up on her studies and house chores so that she doesn’t fall too far behind on her tasks. The other important thing she does is to prep easy go-to meals that aren’t time-consuming. Here are some of Bonnie’s easy, budget-friendly meals. Luckily, she has a sister who brings her food sometimes, ensuring that she has a hearty, filling meal without having to prep one!
Expectation vs reality
“Your responsibility is passing your course, making sure that you’re fed, that you’re sane and protecting your mental health, and checking up on yourself.”
During high school, it seems like a dream to be at varsity. Looking in from the outside looks cool- no more uniforms, you get to hang out with your friends, attend parties and, of course, the bragging rights of making it to varsity.
But once you make it into varsity, the reality might hit you like a ton of bricks. The truth is that at varsity, you’re totally responsible for yourself. No one will be running after you to remind you of your assignments, tests, etc. You’ll have to own up and manage your time wisely because if you don’t, you run the risk of being overwhelmed and not being able to fulfil your tasks. On top of that, you have to ensure that you eat every day, keep your space and clean and tidy and have clean clothes to wear.
This hectic schedule can quickly start to feel overwhelming, which is why it’s important to always check in with yourself and practice self-care daily.
Advice for aspiring students
“You know what’s running out? Time for school.”
Bonnie doesn’t believe YOLO should be something that aspiring students live by. According to her, time isn’t running out for partying because there’ll always be an opportunity for you to party, but time is running out for you to study. So, rather put in the work now and get it over and done with so that you can enjoy your life afterwards.
“You need to focus because, at the end of the day, you came to varsity for a degree.”
Bonnie emphasises the fact that you need to remain focused and do what you came to do, which is to get an education. All the other things are just extras that come with being young and free. Set your priorities straight and don’t compromise them for anything or anyone- always remember your graduation goal.
You’ve heard it from a varsity student herself- it’s all about making grown up decisions that’ll benefit you once you finish your studies. The lifestyle is just a small part of the bigger picture. Varsity is where adulting begins, where you start to be responsible for yourself. So, if you’re going to varsity next year, remember to prioritise your health, your safety and ace your courses. Good luck!