Managing my final year
Term 2 isn’t easy. I have over 30,000 words due in total on May 1st. It still seems like a long way away, but if there is anything that I have learnt over the past 4 years, it is that time passes incredibly quickly.
I have been trying to keep on top of everything this term to make the Easter break manageable, though trying to balance this with everything else (societies, wellbeing, sports, etc) has been challenging.
My final year has definitely been the hardest. Saying that I have also enjoyed it the most. I feel a lot more aware of my surroundings and what I enjoy, and feel like I have a better understanding of how I study the best/the best way to take notes/do my reading.
The support from my tutors and generally Warwick has really helped me stay sane. Having known my tutors for the past four years, they frequently check up on how I am doing, ask about my plans post graduation/ general conversation which is much appreciated.
Additionally, I have been going to yoga sessions on campus, and frequently make use of the swimming pool (which is a 30-second walk from my room!) which is a good way to take a break from studies. I have also made a commitment to go to parkrun’s as frequently as possible, (there is one in Coventry, a 20 minutes bus ride max) which is a nice way to meet some locals.
Living on campus in Tocil has definitely helped me manage everything. It has allowed me to spend evenings attending society events without the stress of having to worry about bus times/ a long commute home. I have also gotten to know my flatmates and become really close with my new year group (since my initial cohort have all graduated).
This is also the year that I ought to be beginning to think about my future career (well, this should probably have been done three years ago…). Currently, I am focusing on my university degree, so haven’t put too much thought into this. Whilst I have an idea of what my skills are/potentially the sort of things I see myself doing, I am still trying to keep an open mind and consider a variety of opportunities.
Honestly, the best advice that I can give to students about to begin their final year: enjoy it!!!! It really has flown by. Make sure you balance your work and social life: you don’t want to regret not making the most of the year, or even risking becoming drained out too early.
Shanita 🙂 xo