So in the blink of an eye my first year at university is over – I can’t say the year was always sunshine and rainbows, but it was a good year filled with new friends and experiences. In today’s post I am going to look back at the highs and lows, and how I survived my first year at university!
I don’t think anyone is really prepared for starting a degree but the university experience started off gently during Freshers' Fortnight full of freebies and lots of different events perfect for meeting new people. One of the highlights of the activities is the Freshers' Fair, where lots of businesses give out free food, stationary and generally useful stuff for your first year. My course mates and I also used the fair as an opportunity to first meet one another, which we soon found out was not the best idea as it is hard to recognise people from a Facebook profile picture!
Induction week soon came around fast, where an overview of the work you have to do throughout the year appears to look less intimidating than it turns out to be – how hard can a load of essays, exams and a presentation be?! After reading week, the countdown to Christmas really begins and the perspective of a month off seems more appealing than writing another essay. But then just like that, we made it to the holiday; time to relax and enjoy Christmas.
As January rolled around, it dawned on us that a new semester was beginning and all the work we had done before Christmas was over, time to start again! Semester two introduced us to the linguistics module that I had been worrying about all year. The quantity of content was enough to give me shivers, especially as I am not renowned for retaining large amounts of information all in one go. That being said, semester two followed the same pace as the first, super slow then I blinked and it ended, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t blood, sweat and tears involved in the process (and almost becoming a borderline hermit during the revision process for my linguistics exam) but somehow I survived it and have come out of the other end.
Without the support of my friends and family, I don’t think I could have survived the year so I am very thankful for their love and advice. I also want to say a massive thank you to my lecturers for putting up with me for a whole year! But all jokes aside, I really appreciate their help and their replies to my constant emails throughout the holidays.
Here’s another to another two years!