Looking back on 2nd year… – OurWarwick

Looking back on 2nd year…

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on here but now that exams are over (finally!) hopefully I can return to posting a little more regularly.

Having completed my exams, I can say I wasn’t huge fan of the online setup – I’m much more old school and found typing my essays more of a struggle than writing them up!

But anyway, when my last exam finished on the 13 June, so did my second year at university, in a completely different way than I ever imagined it would!

As lockdown slowly eases and the weather is getting warmer (thank god!) I’ve been reflecting on my penultimate year at uni and if I had a time machine which parts I would keep the same and what I would do differently.

What I’d do again:

Cumberland Lodge – this is a weekend long trip for Psychology students held in the second term. It is an opportunity to learn about the broad nature of psychology in a non-academic setting as well as explore the picturesque grounds of Windsor Great Park and Windsor town. (Amazingly, the weekend we were there – the Queen was also visiting the lodge but unfortunately, we didn’t cross paths with her)

I would definitely recommend taking part in these extracurricular activities (whether they’re academic or not) as it is very easy to fall into the autonomy of uni, especially when the workload increases, and these trips are a great way to spend time with friends and just unwind!

What I’d do differently:

There’s not many things I’d change about my second year but the one thing that jumps out at me is ‘outside options’

  • Most courses at some point during your degree will give the opportunity to take a module outside of your subject area. This year I chose to stick with all psychology- based modules but on hindsight I think it is better to choose whichever modules interest you, even if they do not directly apply to your course.
  • For example – I could choose 2 optional outside modules in my second year but opted for a psychology module that wasn’t as interesting to me and so studying and revising for the topic became more tedious than it was for other topics.
  • So, if I had a time machine, I’d probably tell myself to take a bit of risk and maybe choose an English Lit or Biology module.

Looking back on my second year at university, I’m quite pleased with all the different areas of uni I’ve been able to get involved in and as I prepare for third year I’m going to try to ensure that I can keep that up in what will inevitably one of my busiest, unusual and hopefully rewarding academic years yet!

That it’s from me for now,

But feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a message if you have any questions about uni life at Warwick!

Simi x

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