Successes and Setbacks: An End of Year Reflection
It’s the end of the academic year!
I cannot believe that I started back in October, where Covid-19 didn’t exist and there was some level of ‘normality’. October feels like a lifetime ago. In contrast, the last few months, in quarantine, have flown by so quickly at home, which has justifiably made the year feel relatively short.
This year has been full of many successes and setbacks. It’s fair to say that I have learnt a lot, developed myself and become more resilient.
I have been the most independent that I have ever been in my life. Living off-campus has had its own challenges, including creating a routine to balance university life, careers and living off-campus. It’s been more difficult to balance extra-curricular activities with living off-campus, in comparison to First-Year, where I was able to easily manage both. So, moving forward, I wanted to ensure that my final year is more enjoyable by learning from my experiences this year and finding ways to strike a better balance.
Also, many of my close friends were doing completely different modules and pathways, in comparison to Year 1, where we all studied the same modules. Whilst I made many new friends, I had to work quite independently on tackling content, preparing for assessment (especially during quarantine)- which was a challenging experience itself. I call it a success because this year’s experiences have taught me a lot. Following some further introspection and reflection over the summer, I will hopefully recognise that I have personally grown as a person.
Another success has been related to giving back to the university community. I have joined as a blogger on OurWarwick, where I have supported the Warwick Scholars programme’s development and I have become a mentor to many students. It has been quite rewarding to share my wisdom with the next cohort. A notable experience has been my election as Secretary of the SSLC, where I have been able to effectively represent my fellow colleagues to bring about effective changes.
There have been setbacks along the journey. This year has been overwhelming with the emergence of Covid-19 and the subsequent challenges that have been presented. It will be an understatement to say that there was a lot of anxiety. So many unknowns- ranging from university decisions on term and exams to other personal matters. Some setbacks that I have had to face have been my summer plans being thrown into disarray with internship and other plans being cancelled. A lot of individuals are in the same position as me, but it’s important to be flexible and adaptive. Such resilience has been important in managing to overcome some of these setbacks through finding replacements.
Despite the challenges of this year, I hope everyone has had a good year. It’s going to be a long and nerve-wracking wait for university students and prospective undergraduates to find out their results and progression decisions. I wish everyone the very best of luck.