Term 2. That time of the year when everyone has grown into their roles; one tends to be more aware of the responsibilities they hold, and feels more at home at university. That is, till assessment season hits you.
We all come to university with the primary purpose of gaining a world-class education. However, with the sheer variety and novelty of the activities that happen on campus, there are times when we do lose sight of this fundamental fact. There are so many societies on campus, each offering an opportunity to learn new things, experiment with our capabilities and interact with new and amazing people. It is easy to lose sight of the ultimate goal, and Term 2 is often the time when everyone is jolted back to reality. With assessments and tests around the corner, one really has no choice.
It is easy to lose sight of the ultimate goal, and Term 2 is often the time when everyone is jolted back to reality.
This is not an attempt to demonise the necessity that are assessments. They are meant to be an indicator of your progress at university. At the end of the day, they allow you to understand your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and steer your education to the path on which you would excel. They have been immensely helpful for me too; up until Term 2 in first year, I was extremely confident that I would excel in the mathematical aspect of Economics, and I was strongly considering throwing myself into the deep end of mathematical and statistical analysis. However, after attempting the tests for my statistics modules, I realised that I may have overestimated my aptitude and liking for that aspect of Economics. Eventually, this had a huge bearing on the pathway I chose to pursue in second year; without this wake-up call, I know I would not have been able to enjoy PPE as I am now.
Without this wake-up call, I know I would not have been able to enjoy PPE as I am now.
So, I would like to leave you all with a piece of advice. Although they may feel like the end of the world, assessments are meant to benefit you (and you only). They give you an opportunity to showcase what you have imbibed during your time at university, and understand how you can better yourself. Further, you are not alone; your peers, students from other years, and Warwick academia can offer invaluable help and support, especially when you feel like you’re going into a downward spiral. Be it feedback and help in reviewing an essay, or a simple chat about anything and everything except studies; we’ve got your back.
Be it feedback and help in reviewing an essay, or a simple chat about anything and everything except studies; we’ve got your back.
Essays and assessments aren’t as daunting as they appear to be. The long hours spent poring through dry volumes, trying to find evidence in support for your argument, the bonds you forge with your friends, who are invariably in the same boat, and the satisfaction you get when you click ‘Submit’ on Tabula or walk out of the exam hall; all of these simple things make the entire project worthwhile. So, brew your cup of coffee, play some calming piano concertos in the background, and get cracking. The best is yet to come.