I hope you are well and safe! It is officially the second week of September. What a start to the month it has been. Here I am with another little post on the theme of back to school/University. This week I have a significant change coming up and I am moving again! This time back to my family for a little while but I have a positive feeling about this change.
Unlike the first little post in this series, I am not giving advice this time round to freshers/going back to uni instead the advice is aimed at last year’s students, who are starting their final year and getting ready to finish their dissertations, exams and projects.
I know first-hand how stressful this year can be (trust me I finished mine at the start of a pandemic…definitely one for the history books). I can guarantee that it will be okay no matter what happens. I am however going to need you to do something for me before you continue reading. I am going to need you to take a deep breath. I promise you have got this and I am rooting for you!
I know this first one is going to all seem to be obvious but it is one that I cannot stress enough you are likely to push back on (I know I did).
I promise that the excuse… I have time… Is going to bite you, it will lead to all-nighters and chaotic group chat messages. Even if you just take a deep breath and make a list of the assignments and tasks you will have to do throughout the year. Start with the things that are easy and then prioritise the ones due first. I know you are going to want to spend as much time socialising as you can because you know it’s your last uni year but give yourself the breathing space.
Find yourself a routine:
Believe me especially if you are working part-time in your third year a routine is exactly what you need. I am still to this day attempting to find a routine that suits me but here we are. It is going to be a lot of trial and error, especially the first few weeks, but I promise it will help you manage the amount of work you are having to handle at once.
Use the Library:
I know it’s seen to be “uncool” to be in the library often but I promise you the Library is going to be your new best friend, especially if you make friends with the Librarian who can help you find the best resources. Not only does it allow you to change up your workspace and environment but it is also going to cut the cost of textbooks and other resources. I recommend only purchasing the core books for your module and taking advantage of what your uni Library has to offer. I mean I loved my uni library more so because it had sliding bookshelves it felt like something out of Harry Potter. Our daily moment of magic.
Make time to socialise:
Yes, yes I know I just mentioned starting early and making a routine so you can prioritise your work, however, I would be an incredible hypocrite to also not mention the importance of socialising. I had the benefit of living with two of my favourite people in the entire world but I also made time to fit in my other uni groups so that we all had a chance to relax. Noted a lot of our meet-ups would start in the library but.
Make plans for afterwards:
You are going to want to celebrate your achievements I can promise you, planning something for the end of the academic year will keep you motivated to push on. Even if it is just one finally uni night out or a little break away with friends. Plan it. You deserve it. You may also want to start looking for a post-uni job (I know I know it’s adulting) but even getting your name out there will put you in a good place to start.
If this is your final year… Firstly congratulations you are doing it! Secondly, hold on tight, this year will go so quickly. Remember to breathe and enjoy it as much as you physically can. I can promise you will miss it. Even studying sometimes. Be kind to yourself, it is going to be a lot of hard work but you have got this.