Some of you will remember that about six months ago, I wrote a blog titled 'Things I would tell my first year self'. Second year has been a bit of a rollercoaster and there’s lots of things I would have liked to tell my second year self when she came back in September.
Spend time with friends who encourage you
The day that I realised which friends were making my life more difficult and stressful was the day life improved. Spend time with friends who encourage you, push you and make you feel comfortable. If you feel like people are holding you back, then distance yourself. After all, this is your education and that’s the most important part.
It’s a difference from first year
Second year modules count towards your degree. I don’t know if I put too much pressure on myself, but I felt more stressed over things than in first year. It is a difference from first year, but there’s also the support that you need, as I found out later on.
Get help sooner
I struggled a bit at the beginning of second year, and I wish I’d reached out for help sooner. Getting help from Student Services really improved things for me. I eventually went to my lecturers to explain that I was struggling, and I got so much help and encouragement from them. It would have been so much easier had I gone earlier.
Remember your priorities
Remember that university is still your priority. The excitement is likely to have worn off from first year, and you might start to think about other things. Although it’s important to get involved with sports or the gym or a new hobby, you still need to go to your lectures and do your work.