Clubs and societies, Course, Other University Factors

Whoa, it’s crazy down here!

Christmas went by very fast and now seems so far gone! Work has mounted on me this term and to be honest I’m not very pleased with my results. So far I have passed but not with flying colours, think it’s time to change that! I guess it’s true what they say; First Year is a bit of a doss compared to the rest and second year is a lot harder!

I’m still events organiser for Show Choir which is still keeping me busy. Our next event is a Valentines gig at the Fat Fox on the 12th of Feb which should be really good! Very proud of myself for organising that one – Hey, why don’t you come along?

But on top of all that I now also have FOUR group projects just this term! I stupidly put myself forward for being co-ordinator for one of them so I’m kind of in charge :/ That’s a lot of stress and work 😦 But with so many group projects it gets confusing who’s in which group and what your meant to find out. I think the best thing is to start now and do as much as I can while I have time. Also with groups is that everything takes longer as you have to clarify all ideas and thoughts with the rest of the team.

Boyfriend also takes up a lot of my time at the moment and I don’t feel like I’m using my time to its full potential so that’s something to add to the resolutions.

On the plus side – I don’t have any issues with housemates now. New Year, New Start!

Its a busy but Frantastic Life!


Course, Free time, Island Experience, Nightlife, Study, The city

Snow Day!

I got up at 6.30am this morning, not because of my anticipation of snow, but because today I was going to start working in some local school projects I am involved in with the University. At 7am I groggily peered out into the darkness of a winter morning, and continued on autopilot to get myself ready for a busy day ahead. As light appeared at 8am, the situation became apparent to me – SNOW!

As it happens, both my appointments were cancelled, which is of course a little sad. But at the same time I am relieved to have a day all to myself. At least I’m up and ready, and I have the day ahead of me to be productive, to scratch off a couple of items on my ‘to-do list’.

Snow causes disruption to our lives, and that’s exactly why I like it. It makes the day feel special, a little different. Routine is good, but a few days of snow provides an excuse to stay at home, to be different. Trains are cancelled, schools are closed, and people are delayed. A snow day is a day on which we can be late, and not worry because we know that everyone else is affected in the same way.

When you wake up in the morning to find your world covered in a cool frosting of white, it’s a reminder that things don’t always go to plan. A practical joke from nature to tell us that all the meetings and assignments and stresses of life can wait for the ice to melt. Today is a snow day, so relax for a change!

Course, Study

Halfway there!

Amazingly, I’m now officially half-way through my 3 year degree! What a landmark to reach! I must admit that I’m really enjoying the Second Year, though I am feeling the stress, and it now seems a little sad that next year will be my last.

However, I have decided to do a PGCE teaching qualification after graduation, as teaching has always been a career I have considered.

Though I thought I’d never say it, I have even entertained the idea of doing a Masters at some point as well!

So although I have completed half my time of my Undergraduate Degree, I think I will be spending more time at University than I had ever contemplated.

Course, Future, Work experience

Final year and the post-graduation plans.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very happy new year! In the Mayan history (yes, I’m really going for this…) end of a calendar doesn’t predict end of the world, but predicts big changes, so I pronounce the year of 2013, the Year of Change. Let’s all take this opportunity to, for once, stick to our new year’s resolution, and prepare for things to be different.


But let’s get to the point. I am a final year student and overall I love the experience of University. But it doesn’t last forever. University, in a way, does prepare you for what’s waiting for you out there in the real world – especially if you’re studying for a degree that will closely relate to your career. Career advisers will help you explore your options. They will tell you that, nowadays, you can’t get far with just a degree – you also need relevant experience or volunteering. What they don’t tell you is when to take action.

I always thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do after I graduate. But the reality is that it was only recently that I decided on my career path. I would like use my passion for psychology to work with mentally disordered offenders. What does this mean for me? Further studies. At least to a Doctoral level.

So I know where I want to get, but how do I actually get there? What do I do when I graduate? Do I go on to do a Master’s course that’s designed exactly for what I want to do, but is very competitive? What if I don’t get in? Do I apply for another course? Or do I forget about the Masters and apply for a Doctorate straight away? Or maybe I take a gap year (or two) and work to get more experience?

I’m a third year student, with all these ideas and options; having missed one application deadline, with another approaching soon, where I will have to fill out an extensive application, on top of my dissertation and coursework and exam revision.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that it is okay to go to University without knowing what your next big step will be, but it is worth to start thinking about your future career early enough to meet all the deadlines. And no-one will tell you when to do that. It is in your best interest to figure out when that time comes. So, all future 3rd Years – make a mental note of this. Think in advance. Get that relevant experience. This is your future and nobody else’s.