My goals going into my third and final year of university
Now that exam results are out and I know that I have progressed, the next step in sight is starting my final year of my English Language and Linguistics degree!
In this blog, I’ll be discussing some goals that I want to set for myself, in order to enjoy and optimise my final year.
Become, generally, more involved at university – By this, I mean in any way possible. I want to sign up to some new societies, including revisiting the mental health society Mind Aware. I attended some sessions in first year but was too nervous to speak out. I now feel in a very confident position to be able to freely speak about my experiences with mental health and I think this society could really benefit me. I also want to try writing for the Warwick student newspaper, The Boar. I love writing in my free time, and I would love to branch out to news articles as well as the blogs I currently write! I also want to become involved within departmental events. My course society has run some really great events, and I want to make the most of these in my third year.
Keep my wellbeing in check – I’m not going to lie, the past two years I have often really neglected my own wellness over my aim of getting good grades. Some days I would think of nothing other than my work. While I will continue to work hard, I now realise that even though I took time for myself more in second year, I still came out of it with a grade I was really happy with, so I have learned that university doesn’t have to be completely about focusing on your course.
Study smarter – Even after 2 years of university, I feel there are things I can do for myself to make studying easier and more straightforward for myself. For example, I intend on typing up my notes after lectures to have them ready when exam season comes around. I want to consolidate my knowledge after lectures, not months later when a lot of it has left my brain! I also frequently fall into the trap in thinking that the more I write the better – in terms of both note taking and essay writing! I intend on continuing to practice concise writing methods.
Continue doing what I enjoy – Undoubtedly, third year will be stressful. However, I want to promise myself that I will continue having coffees with friends, going for drinks, taking part in activities such as volunteering and blog writing, as well as commit to my weekly pilates class (if this is possible given the current circumstances).
Treat myself with more compassion – I’m not the best at being kind to myself, something I’ve really reflected on whilst in lockdown. A major goal for myself is to work on my compassionate self. I want to work on forgiving myself for mistakes I will undoubtedly make next year. I want to treat myself kindly if I feel I am close to burning out due to studying too hard.
So, these are my goals going into my third year! Whichever year of university you are entering, I encourage you to create some personal goals!