Reflection on 2nd Year
At the start of this year I wrote a post about my apprehension upon starting my second year of university. Looking back now I can see that my apprehension was merited- it has been a tough year academically. However, it has also been my best year academically, and for that reason, when I look back, I know I’ll be proud.
This year brought me my first 1st class essay, my first 1st class essay-based exam papers, and on top of that a hell of a lot of confidence in my abilities. I really pushed myself, and to come out of it with a first overall, and therefore in 50% of my degree, has made all the hard work worth it.
I’m also so happy to say I feel like I’m going into my year abroad with a lot more confidence in my linguistic abilities. For me it’s always hard to gauge to what extent my Italian skills have developed, but this year I have noticed a real improvement in my self-confidence and courage to speak out, even if I’m making mistakes.
In Latin too, I feel like I’ve made huge strides. When I think that this time two years ago I hadn’t even begun to study Latin, and now I’m able to translate Virgil and Cicero, I feel a real sense of achievement.
After entering into this year with a sense of anxiety about my academic abilities, I can’t help but be proud of my success. I think it’s so important to look back on where you were before your degree and see how far you’ve come term by term, and I would advise anyone to do so… But for now I’m going to celebrate with a great summer, and start the mad prep for my year in Rome!