Dunno about you, but it takes a significant experience or change for me to really understand things in life. Not all but some. I recently started reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. He put forward his analysis of 'paradigms' and their shifts. Without giving too much of a summary, paradigms are essentially our individual perceptions of life - how we see the world. In order for us to change how we see and understand life requires a paradigm shift.
Alright so we're well into the academic year now, that time of the year when the buzz of uni has died down a bit. Freshers was crazy (but let's not talk about that). As a fresher hopefully at this time you've more or less settled into the uni environment and as a returner sights set on making the most of the new year.