‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends’
We’re now in the second week of the second term! Everything’s getting really busy again as essay deadlines were this week so there was no gentle intro back into term this time. As I previously mentioned, I stayed at Warwick a little bit after term ended as I still had my accommodation over Christmas, and I came back a couple of days early too, which meant that I managed to get a lot of my essay writing done before starting lectures again which was really helpful.
In English, we retain the same modules all year round – there are some short modules available in second and third years but these are quite rare – so my timetable is still the same. Although I actually have a couple less things now (we had some additional lectures and language classes in the first term) so that means more time in the library for me!
Moving back to uni felt really strange. It was really exciting to come back and see everyone again, and it felt a lot like October 3rd all over again with everyone dragging suitcases and boxes everywhere. It felt like we’d been away for ages, but at the same time it really didn’t feel like it had been a whole month at all. Of course Christmas is always busy with seeing family and friends, but the time really did fly by!
Term two is a big term as after Easter most of our lectures and seminars finish to leave time for revision and essays. That means the next few weeks are going to be busier than ever. Not to mention the fact that now the first term has ended, things are starting to get a lot more serious as well. In the first term, most of the essays you do are just practice to get you used to writing university-style work and to ease you in, but this term everything is assessed from now on, so it all counts towards your grade at the end of the year. First year doesn’t actually count towards your final result that you graduate with, but you still have to pass well enough to be able to continue your degree, so the pressure mounts! It can sometimes feel a bit like you’re on your own, but that’s because uni is so independent compared to high school and sixth form that it just takes a while to get used to. There’s always people you can turn to as long as you can pluck up the courage to admit that you need help – something that I still struggle with!
I hope the new year is going well for anyone that’s reading!