Week 10 thoughts – It’s been a hectic (but great) term!
As term 1 of second year is wrapping up for me, I thought I’d take the time to do a reflection of both the struggles and successes of this term so far. We’re only human after all, and it’s important to look back at everything that has happened, seeing as we rarely get time to stop and think about it!
– This term, I have had 5 modules compared to what I was used to last year (4). As a result, I’ve generally been working longer hours to get everything done, including the greater number of readings and assignments. This has been pretty stressful, but we made it! I can only look forward to term 2 where my amount of modules significantly decreases.
– I’ve definitely felt really tired a lot of the time. I think this is mostly because living off campus means getting the bus first and last thing (I try and do all my work in the library and none at home). This has made my days a lot longer than last year. I’ve definitely grown to appreciate the value of a good nights sleep!
– My year counts! While in first year I had the reassurance that my year did not count and I could experiment with my essay and exam technique, this year counts towards my degree. While this fact hasn’t really changed anything, the pressure lingers in the background when thinking of assignments!
– I kick-started my term by attending a female undergraduate programme called Sprint in Week 0 which got my mindset off to a positive start, and I met loads of great people.
– I have become more involved in societies, regularly attending ‘Girl boss’ events! Being part of a society has allowed me to meet new people, as well as be surrounded by a supportive female community.
– I have become involved with Warwick Volunteers, and my placement starts next term! I’m really excited to become involved with something new and help others.
– I definitely feel like I’ve nearly nailed that work-life balance. I view uni as a place to do most of my work, and then allow myself to relax when I get home. I’ve also been able to (mostly) dedicate weekends to spending time with my friends and my boyfriend, whereas last year I really struggled with this balance and didn’t perhaps spend time with people as often as I should have.
Overall, it’s been a busy but great term! I’m looking forward to a much needed Christmas break. While I have (multiple) assignments to do, at least they can be done in the comfort of my own home!