Reflections on Second Year
I hope that you’re all well!
I completed my last exam on 10th June so I thought that I would use this post to share my reflections on second year.
What a year it’s been! I started the academic year feeling incredibly stressed. In fact, the most stressed that I have felt so far in my degree. Everything just felt too much and I spent much of the Christmas break feeling low/crying. It was at this point that I felt such gratitude for everyone in the Film and TV department, who did everything in their power to help and guide me. That sense of gratitude increases with every departmental correspondence.
As always, I then gathered my thoughts and pushed on through. The Spring term treated me well. By my standards, my grades were good. I thoroughly enjoyed the content that was taught during the term (as I did in the Autumn) and things were going well. I also got my first 1st for one of my essays…and then a second 1st followed! I don’t wish to blow my own horn, but this made me incredibly happy.
Just when things seemed to be on the up, Coronavirus shook the world. When it was announced that we wouldn’t be able to physically attend university in the Summer term, my heart dropped. I knew it was the right decision, but I couldn’t get the fact that I wouldn’t see any of my friends for months out of my head. I think that this feeling was made worse by the fact that I was placed on the clinically vulnerable list because of my Cerebral Palsy.
I was also slightly concerned about how exams would be handled. I needn’t have worried though because, as usual, my department gave us so much support. I would go as far as to say that the amount of support and preparation we received was on par with last year. I also think that I put the same amount of pressure on myself, because online learning isn’t an excuse to do the bare minimum (well, I think so anyway).
Around 64 pages of notes later, I was done with my online exams. I was also finished with the second year of my undergraduate degree. Wow, even typing that sentence seems crazy to me! The year certainly didn’t finish the way it began, but that can be said of people all around the world. I’m just so grateful that everyone I know has good health. I hope that we’ll be able to return to at least some face to face teaching in the Autumn term, but the health and safety of everyone concerned is clearly paramount.
What have your experiences of second year been like? Let me know in the comments below!