Understanding my strengths – OurWarwick

Understanding my strengths

Summer has been very busy for me and yet my to do list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter! I’ve been travelling around the country meeting up with friends and family and purely spending time with my loved ones because I have hardly seen them while I have been in university, and I still have people I need to catch up with. Hobbies I pushed to the side during exam period are still left in the back of my mind. What am I really doing with my time? 2 months have passed and all I can say is that I have successfully enjoyed summer by simply stepping back and taking up any opportunity that comes to me in the day.

What I mean by that is I haven’t made any specific plans because planning too far ahead can lead to disappointment. Being spontaneous can be thrilling and actually quite nice just to sleep at night not thinking I have to wake up to do something. At times I feel like I’m wasting time and not really doing anything, but effectively it shows that my body has slowed down and I’m enjoying just being in my own home. I have been running around with my family and reading books at my own pace not thinking that I have a deadline. It can feel quite liberating.

But now I can feel the stress kicking in, my final year is approaching and I have made little preparation. I need to get cracking and focus on my final year. I still haven’t written my article nor completed my tasks for Bhangra society. I still need to think about my future career and plan the steps I need to take in order to make myself more employable within my field. But the thing is, that is how I work. I say I’m a multitasker, but really I focus on one task and once that is done I can move straight onto another one. I’m very bad a juggling 10 things at one time, I can be involved in numerous projects yet to be entirely honest I don’t finish my task until I dedicate specific time for that task. FOr university that is a dangerous habit to have because essays need editing constantly. Yet that’s why you must put in early deadlines and lots of them. Planning and organising yourself is key.

A Level results day is near, and I hope some of you are excited. My advice is, be ready and prepared for any result or situation. If you do not end up getting your choices make sure you consider clearing. Try different options, even the most obscure. Apprenticeships, employment, year abroad, volunteering anything else please do your research before the big day. It’s always good to have a back up that you are happy with, not something you’re stuck with. Your time is precious, spend it wisely.

I’m so excited to get back to Warwick and focus on my studies, I’m so driven just to do my best and complete my degree.

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