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Second Year Update: A Quick Self Reflection

Isabel Quah
Isabel Quah | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Isabel

Every time I think about it, I still can’t believe how fast time has flown by. When stepped back on campus as a second year following summer break, it took me a while to process the fact that I was no longer a fresher, even though it felt like freshers week was barely a few days ago. Now it’s crazy to think that within a few weeks, I’ll be closing another chapter of my university years.

Although still seems like yesterday when I was embracing my time as a fresher partying it up at freshers week, and the initial nerves of sitting my first university exams, the time for examinations have come once again. while I do feel more prepared this time around and can now anticipate what to expect, there is the daunting new anxiety about my performance with the realisation that this year actually begins to count towards my degree. Passing can be achieved quite easily, but when you’re aiming for a first in a 50/50, essay and examination based course, there is quite a lot at stake if revision is not prioritised. I have entered into exam season less scared and nervous than I did before but with an entirely new type of anxiety and fear. The biggest difference I can say is definitely the fact that this time I know exactly how to approach revision, lecture feedback and making the most of the resources provided by the university. Before long, I know exams will fly by just as quickly as this entire year has and soon it will be the task of securing the internship placements and offers for the summer to ensure that my CV is at the best possible state it can be. It has yet to hit me that I will be soon starting my final year as an undergraduate university student at this amazing university and campus but I am sure that I will make this last year the best year possible.

Looking back on how I was exactly a year ago, I can definitely say a lot has changed but in a sense for the better. I am much more organised, independent, and goal driven than I was in my first year. While I am still not sure what my ultimate dream career will be once I graduate from university, I feel like I know my strengths and weaknesses as well as passions even more than I did before. The people I have met and the experiences I have undergone have really left a lasting impression with me and for sure I can say that Warwick will always have a special place in my heart. These past two years being here have taught me some important life lessons and have developed and equipped me with certain skills that have made me grow as a person and realise my potential in different areas.

Isabel Quah
Isabel Quah | Language, Culture and Communication Contact Isabel

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