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What I have learnt over the past three years

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Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
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As my time as a Warwick Undergraduate comes to an end and my Postgraduate door opens, I thought it would only be right to write a concluding blog post on what I have learnt over the past three years. These are things I have learnt across my journey so take it with a pinch of salt and remember everyone’s journey at university is different. 

Talk to your lecturers and ask for help when you need it. I was lucky enough to be in quite a small department for undergraduate studies, so I knew my lecturers well and they knew me well. I understand it can be daunting talking to academics when they do not know you. Trust me when I say, they really do want to talk to you! It is part of their job. They want you to succeed as much as you do. It might feel embarrassing, but I am sure someone else on your course has the same question or concern. Dropping an email to a lecturer or finding their office and knocking on their door takes a few minutes and you will soon realise how helpful it is to have a healthy connection with them. They will start to know you and you will start to feel more confident and comfortable asking for help. I found it very useful to talk to lecturers when I was first starting to plan essays for their modules, and I would ask them if they had any recommendations on extra readings or any articles, they had written that would help me with the topic area. You need to remember that they specialise in your subject and would love the opportunity to talk to you about your essay ideas or questions as they will know the topic area inside out! Never feel afraid to speak up and ask for help!

Sleep and rest are more important than you think! In my first term of first year I was loving going out most nights, making new friends and meeting new people; don’t get me wrong having fun is part of the university experience. But there is a fine line between burning out and just being tired. I had balanced academia and fun well in first year but in the last week of first term in first year I went out continuously and I indeed burnt the candle at both ends. Even though I was getting enough sleep, eating well, and drinking enough water, I was physically exhausted. I ended up in a very bad way and collapsing due to exhaustion. I have never fainted in my life and have not since. This is an extreme case but shows that even though I was sleeping enough and keeping healthy from the outside, I was not looking after my body by resting and giving my mind and body a rest. I was completely fine after a couple of days, but it was a shock to my system that I needed to stop going out so much and take some time to simply sleep and relax. I remember the first term of first year being so fun and so non-stop. I don’t think I stopped once which I don’t regret but I do regret overtiring myself and making myself ill. 

This slightly goes against my previous advice, but this has been a theme throughout my posts here and my one key suggestion for when starting university. Throw yourself out there and grab every social, academic or society opportunity there is! If this is running for president of a society or joining a sports society, do it! Three or four years seems like a long time in first year, but trust me, your time at university goes extremely fast and you won’t want to look back and regret anything. Meet lots of new people, join that society you have been desperate to join and work very hard on those essays to get the grade you deserve! Good luck to everyone starting university in September!  

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Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
Feel free to ask my anything from student life to…
Find out more about me Contact Annick

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