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A Whole New World of Politics
As a Politics and International Studies fresher, I can openly admit that one of my least expected purchases this year was that of a calculator. Like many of you Politics student, maths is certainly not my forte and I would happily choose essays over equations any day! So, when my Social Analytics professor told us that we needed a calculator for this module, a feeling of apprehension formed in my stomach. However, I have now realized that this feeling of apprehension is one that is not only common amongst freshers in University – who have recently been informed of the expectations of their courses – but also for those prospective Politics students who are unsure of the demands required for a course in the social sciences. Thus, I would like to start my first blog by providing you with methods and tips to combat this feeling of apprehension in your first few weeks of University:
Read through your course syllabus and modules – While it is true that there is a lot of information packed onto your Moodle page and that this information can indeed be intimidating and overwhelming, I honestly believe that there is so much benefit from reviewing the weekly seminar questions and focal areas. Not only will you gain more understanding of the structure of your course through this, but you will also be able to comprehend the connection between each week’s topics and readings which should greatly reduce your anxiety in this new learning environment.
Make friends with those in your seminars and lectures – Like every other University, the academic demands for students vary according to faculties and for students in the social sciences, what is expected from us can be concluded in one word: reading. In contrast to your friends in courses such as maths and physics, you will find yourself with a great amount of reading! I personally find that communicating with those in your course about reading and setting up library group dates to help each other grind through what may appear like a never-ending amount of reading is very helpful.
Finally, join societies in relation to your course – Not only is this a brilliant way to network with people from second/third years, but it will also allow you to connect with people who are in the same position as you. From joining the Politics society and participating in their activities, I have made many friends in the course and I have also gained advice from the experienced postgraduate students.
Hopefully, these tips will help reduce your apprehension and anxiety from the first few weeks of university and if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to get in touch!