5 Things I've Learnt In My Second Year of Uni...

26.3.15 Unknown 4 Comments

Earlier this afternoon, I finished my final class of the semester pre-Easter break. This semester has absolutely flown by but also seems to have been really long in some respects. This weekend marks my return home for 5 weeks and I cannot wait! Revision and essays will be taking up a fair portion of my time whilst I'm at home, no rest for the wicked, but I am so excited to be able to be at home. Whilst I don't have anything major planned over the break, I am sooooo looking forward to kicking back with my family and having a little respite from the university environment. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love being at university and it's true that I have a lot of free time in my weekly timetable, but this semester has seemed particularly hard and I can't wait for a bit of TLC at home. Three cheers for not having to cook for myself everyday!!

After Easter all that remains is the scary, caffeine-fuelled exam period and so, as I am now technically at the end of my second year of university, I've compiled a short list of a few things this year has taught me. Like I've said, I love being at university, but this semester has been difficult and just so I don't come across all doom and gloom, I finished it up on a motivational note!

1) I took the ease of first year for granted. Surprise, surprise second year really does ramp up! 40% is no longer the benchmark for academic satisfaction. Damn.

2) Know where to draw the line. If you're tired, go to sleep. Do not force yourself to go to the library again, you aren't impressing anyone and you won't be feeling great when you need to take yourself to bed at 7pm tomorrow. Saying that, I currently have 28 library books on loan, where do I draw the line here? They all seem necessary for the work I need to do over Easter!

3) It's normal to miss home. We've all been there, crying down the phone to our mums when we've had a week of zero self-confidence. Before you know it, it'll pass. It's SO much easier for everyone if you just cry in the moment as opposed to bottling it up and taking it out on those round you. Just don't go overboard and be THAT person...

4) I'm actually not a big drinker. I'm so much happier having a night in with a magazine/film than going to a club. I really don't like drinking as much as I convinced myself in first year, and that's more than okay with me.

5) I'm capable of more than I think. Both emotionally and academically, second year has thrown things at me that a couple of years ago would have completely knocked me back. As cliché as it sounds, you're stronger than you believe.

Are you at university? What has the experience taught you so far?


  1. I have just finished my first year, well until exams that is! I actually live at home so its not so bad for me but breaking up just feels like a relief! Thankyou for the heads up for next year haha xx

    That Girl Rhianna

    1. Good luck with your exams! I hope I haven't worried you too much, second year is great :) x

  2. Just finished my second year as well, and agree with all your points! I've learned how to manage my time better this round - knowing how to prioritize and realising limits and deadlines :)

    1. Hopefully it'll make third year slightly more manageable! :)