Reflections on First Year – OurWarwick
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Reflections on First Year

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It has definitely been an interesting year to say the least but along the way there have been many ups and downs. 

First Term– I think first term was the most exciting for me as I got to meet the majority of the people I now call friends. Moving in was scary, as I had never left home for an extended period of time and had never had the responsibility of completely looking after myself. However, when I first arrived at uni and met my new flatmates I knew for sure it would be a lovely time. Since we all had similar hobbies, it was quite easy to get along with everyone and soon we were playing social drinking games and having a laugh. Luckily before restrictions were in place the History of Art exec organised a meet up with all the freshers in tables of six at Bedford Street. There I was able to make a group of friends and familiarise myself with my course mates. Starting my degree was really fun too, with a small department, we all had an initial meeting to introduce ourselves to our lecturers. The lecturers also eased us into the course as it was something most of us weren’t familiar with. My biggest struggle of the term was writing essays as I had never attempted one before in a university context but I surprised myself with the outcomes. Overall, my term was lovely and lively with lots of socials in the kitchen with my flat and lots of walks with people even if we had to isolate for two weeks due to COVID. 

Second Term– This was definitely my loneliest term as COVID restrictions increased. For my mental health and a work space I returned back to university accommodation with only a few of my other flat mates. At this point I was the only girl in my flat so I struggled to socialise and have any ‘girl time’. Alongside this my course gradually began to get harder and harder with more work and harder concepts. I dedicated this term to focusing on work and going to the gym to improve my stress. It definitely paid off. Towards the end of the term, whilst I was the only girl, I did befriend people in my flat that I hadn’t really spoken to before. When the girls did get back, it was lovely as I was able to go out with one of my flatmates more often. The highlight of term 2 was surprising my dad for his birthday and getting into a relationship the loveliest person.

Third Term– Term 3 hasn’t ended yet and as I write this; I am travelling on the train back to London for the weekend. After not doing exams since GCSEs as a result of Covid, it was an interesting experience to have a full month of them. From the 10 May to the 10 of June, I did seven art history exams ranging from a work count of 1000-1200, this was definitely a challenge for me. Luckily the exams were open book so in the time between exams I was able to socialise with my course mates. As well as this, as restrictions had been lowered, I was able to invite friends into my room to watch films and have ice cream! Probably one of the highlights for me was finally being able to go on dates with my boyfriend, including exploring Coventry and cooking together in the kitchen. I will definitely say that exams burnt me out but now that they are done and dusted, I have so much time to solidify the friendships I have formed and to look forward to September where I will be living in a house with my closest friends. 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Anything creative related! Or even just generally about life here…
Find out more about me Contact Anjalina

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