First Year Does Matter. Here’s Why. – OurWarwick
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First Year Does Matter. Here’s Why.

Dunya Simoes | Politics and Sociology (Warwick Scholar) Contact Dunya
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Upon entering university, you have probably heard several times that “first year doesn’t matter”. Well, I believe it does. But maybe not for the reasons you’re expecting me to say.

Technically, first year does not matter (depending on your course). Many courses (but not all!), have a 0% weighting for first year and the grades you receive do not impact your overall degree classification. It is definitely worth triple-checking whether your end-of-first-year mark will or will not have an impact. The last thing you would want to happen is that you only find out at the end of the year after thinking your results do not matter!

Because of the fact that first year grades ‘do not matter’, many students take this as an opportunity to not try their best or almost neglect their academia. Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t believe a first year student should be as a stressed and worried about academia as a third year student, for example, as this is not comparable. However, I do argue that while the first year of university should very much be fun and games and settling in to this new chapter of your life, it is also important to remember why you are there and that you are paying 9k for a degree at the end of the day! In this case, balance is more than key – it all comes down to mastering the useful skill of balancing study life versus your social life or other commitments.

Ensuring that you properly learn content and attend seminars/lectures means you set a good foundation for second year and beyond. It can be way too easy to decide to skip lectures/seminars as in your mind, you may think that the grades don’t matter anyway. The problem with this is that it does not allow you a comfortable level of expertise and knowledge once you reach second year. While being lazy may seem like a good idea at the time, it could harm you in the long-run as you may not have properly understood the basics to the knowledge that you are taught later down the line.

This is not to say that you should overly stress yourself with first year. First year matters because it is a year which gives students room to make mistakes and learn the necessary for later university years. Do not slaughter yourself if you get a lower result than you were expecting, learn from it! University functions differently from school so it can take a lot of getting used to – first year is to allow you learn and make those necessary mistakes to ensure your further university life does not suffer from amateur mistakes which could have been avoided.

In this way, first year does matter. It matters as it is a chance to properly accustom yourself and set the foundations for the rest of your degree.

Dunya Simoes | Politics and Sociology (Warwick Scholar) Contact Dunya
Please feel free to ask me about anything!
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