Reflecting on Term 2 ✰
Now that we are (almost) at the end of second term, I think it’s important to look back on the past 10 weeks to see what we have accomplished and what we might need to work harder on in the future. Here are my top 3 questions for self-reflection and my answers for term 2!
What have I accomplished?
Over the past ten weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to push myself out of my comfort zone.
(1) I became a Youth Activist for The ONE Campaign, which meant I spent three days in London with a group of people I had never met, I completed training on youth activism, I met with Former Prime Minister David Cameron and discussed the role of young people in demanding change, and I visited Parliament to lobby MPs to support the Gavi Alliance, a vaccination scheme which funds immunisation in developing countries. It was a crazy few days but quite possibly one of the best experiences of my life, thus far.
(2) I joined the Study Happy team, working to help run events to encourage students to take a well-deserved break from their studying, spend some time relaxing and not thinking about work and deadlines, and meet some new people (or meet Rolf and the PAT dogs!)
(3) I (kind of) stayed on top of my studies! Although there were definitely some ups and downs with this one (particularly at the beginning of term), I tried my best to stay on top of all my classes and spend time reviewing the material after I had learned it, rather than just moving onto the next topic and forgetting the prior content.
What have I learned?
(1) Coming back to university after spending Winter Break in Dubai with my family was way, way harder than I thought it was going to be… the first few weeks of term were not a fun time for me at all, I missed my family so much and I was even more miserable due to the constant rain and cold weather. However, I pushed through, I kept myself busy and I made an effort to see my sister, my boyfriend, and my friends as much as possible so I didn’t feel too lonely. Now that Spring has well and truly arrived, I feel much happier and I can see beauty all around our lovely little campus.
(2) Planning is only 10% of the work – I spend so much time planning and organising, I love doing it and it makes me feel so productive. However, at some points during term 2, I found myself spending more time planning my days and weeks and study timetables than I actually spent putting the work in. Now, I plan my day for about 10 minutes the night before and then focus on actually getting all of my to-do’s done!
What do I still need to work on?
(1) Finding a balance between studying, working, socialising, and resting
(2) Being confident in my own abilities – self-doubt will be the death of me during exam season and I’m doing my best to avoid that!
I encourage you guys to reflect on term 2, it’s really lovely to realise just how much you have done and learned over what feels like a short amount of time!
Happy Spring Break ♥