Life Before Graduating
It still hasn’t sunk entirely in yet that next Monday, I will be officially starting my first semester of my final year at University. The last few years have flown by and thinking back on it I can’t help but wonder where all that time has gone. Late nights in the library, 9am lectures, dinners spent on Brighton pier with fish and chips. Of course, not forgetting too many trips to Wagamama’s and Nando’s. University has, so far, been the best experience of my life and I simply can’t believe it’s coming to it’s inevitable end.
I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to achieve for my third year and all the things I want to avoid this time round. I’ve done three years of this now so of course, over time I’ve picked up and learnt what works for me and what I shouldn’t bother with. I don’t know what the future holds. For all I know, this could be my final year in Brighton (but I truly hope not!).So it really is the time to make the most and spend the next nine months enjoying the last of my student life.
This post is in collaboration with Spotlight Requirement, though all views and opinions are my own.
Cut Down on The Procrastination
I’m truly the worst for procrastinating; simply ask anyone I know. It’s always ‘I’ll do that once I’ve watched this episode on Netflix…‘ or ‘well, I might as well do that after dinner now surely?‘. Any excuse, any reason, I’ll take it. I’ve even been known to accept friend’s offers to go out for dinner on the night or eve of a deadline… just purely to avoid putting the effort in to an assignment I’m not one hundred percent feeling.
But, it’s now third year. It’s the final one. The bigg’en. The all-important one. There simply isn’t time for all my procrastinating activities. I’m aiming to write out a daily to-do list and give myself a timetable in hopes of getting the stuff I need to get done out the way. But also allowing myself breaks and a bit of entertainment so I don’t feel the need to distract myself completely. The modules I’ve picked for this semester look exciting and tad more engaging than some I had last semester. This massively helps with my motivation and if I’m excited or passionate about something, I’ll happily get on with it.
Stop Leaving Deadlines to the last-minute
It’s so easy to get into the trap of ‘I’ve still got weeks to do that assignment!’ or ‘it’s only a 1,000 word essay, it won’t take thaaaat long.’ The chances are though, when deadline season is alive and kicking, I haven’t just got that one essay to do, or just 1,000 words to type out. It’s usually about 9,000 words all-in-all with a presentation added in for good measure. And not forgetting to mention the million academic readings I’ve got to fit in too. Not fun/ideal/ healthy to cram into the last three weeks of term.
The key is to pace yourself and work out what you’ll need to be doing before you even start the assignment. Last term, when work got the heaviest it had yet, I found it so much easier on me if I broke down the assignment into smaller parts and sections. From that; work out what academic readings/research I was going to have to do and then assign time sections to it. I also sorted sections out by priority. I wrote the essay I was truly dreading first, read the readings I really didn’t want to first. It meant I always had something to do, I was always being productive and when it came to the weeks nearing the deadline, I wasn’t crazy panicking. After all, I had already done the bulk of the research/work, I now just needed to type it out.
Take Advantage of my Surroundings
Whenever it came to studying, I would always find myself doing it in my bedroom or in the library and whilst there’s nothing wrong with that… I live in Brighton. There are a million places to sit and study that are inspiring and motivating and aren’t just the same four walls I’m so used to.
In Winter, there’s plenty of lovely coffee shops offering amazing hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows please) and complimentary Wi-Fi. A lot of them are in the city centre which is truly perfect for someone like me who
When it’s that little bit warmer, Brighton is full to the brim with amazing greenery and of course, a pretty stoney but vibrant beach. The perfect place to sit and take all the academic readings I need to spend what feels like the rest of existence going through. It’s outside, in the warm weather, soaking up that vitamin D; what more could I ask for? The Pavillion Gardens are one of my favourite places to sit and not only watch the world go by, but read and take notes and prepare for my assignments. There isn’t anything better.
Get Career Planning
I think, out of everything this year, this is what scares me the most. Three years later and I’m still not one hundred percent sure of what I want to spend the rest of my life (or atleast the next few years) doing. I do have a few ideas though and there is now certainly a aim and one my favourite things to do at the moment regarding job hunting is having a look at what is out there at the moment. This gives me a pretty good idea of what I could be going for as a graduate, what other people are doing, pay and location.
The first place I go is Spotlight Requirement and have a good old browse of the jobs they have going through their clients. The website is clean, neat and easy to use. It’s easy to search for what you’re looking for and you can clearly see what the job title is, the pay, whether it’s permanent or not, it’s location
Being a student is exciting, hard-work and can offer you one of the best experiences in life. You’re given the key to independence but with added support to keep you on your feet and it’s safe to say, the last three years have helped me to unlock my own personality and truly become my own person. I’ve got to live with friends, live in a city centre, plan my own life timetable, work independently and I’ve met some of the best people in the world through this.
It goes by so quick, I haven’t even noticed all the big milestones flying past. So as I began the next nine months of my life, I’m making sure this time to slow it down and embrace it. Take advantage of everything this student life has to offer me. After all, who knows what I’ll be doing this time next year?