So you’re about to begin your second year at Uni. That might be bringing new challenges – perhaps you’re moving out of in-hall accommodation into a private house, sharing with some of the friends you made over your first year. Maybe you’ve decided that now the first year frivolities are under your belt you need to knuckle down and focus on your studies. Perhaps you’re ready for something extra to sink your teeth into such as being on the committee of a club or society.
Here’s our look at the typical trials and tribulations of a second year student…
For most undergraduates, starting your second year at University is far less daunting than your first, but for a majority it’s the most rewarding of years. You know what to expect for a start – the campus will be familiar you’ll have a whole circle of friends whom you’ll be looking forward to catching up with and spending time with. Plus, you’ll have a firm grasp of the way undergraduate study works – it’s down to you, and you alone, to get the job done.
But there are some challenges, experiences and decisions to take in your second year that will be crucial in shaping your future. You’ll learn how to get on with different people, have the opportunity to hone some skills that you’ll find useful in the workplace (but can’t study for) and most importantly test your own self-discipline.
If you’re moving out of hall into a shared house, be prepared for some good times and bad times. Bad times because, inevitably, there’ll be the odd barney. Usually about trivial things like a pile of washing up that’s not been done, or someone helping themselves to another housemates Pasty stash without asking It’s normal and you’ll work your way through it. If there is friction in your house, don’t get too het up, honest communication is the secret to a harmonious house. If festering dishes rub you up the wrong way, don’t just moan and complain, explain to your housemates that dirty dishes are a major turn off to you.
There’ll be plenty of good times too – because you’ll build friendships, learn new things about yourself and simply enjoy some great events. Your first Sunday roast as a group of housemates. Perhaps New Years’ eve at your student pad. Regular parties and of course a celebratory barbecue after you finals.
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Your second year can be a crunch year in terms of study. Whether you applied yourself as a fresher – or partied hard at the expense of your grades – Year 2 is a chance to reinforce or redeem yourself. Try and resist the temptation to spend every evening in the Student Union Bar. Taking a sensible approach will help you stay focussed on the main reason you are at University and ensure that more of your energy goes into making a success of your studies.
Chances are that during your first year you ran up some debts. Of course there’s the tuition fees, but the day to day living costs that you incurred partying hard (or not) might have come in to focus over the summer break. If you’re not lucky enough to be being subsidised by the bank of Mum & Dad you’ll probably need to take a part time job during term-time to provide some form of supplementary income. If you’re savvy you’ll be able to find something that pays relatively well on an hourly basis and keep it balanced against your studies and social life.
You might have played hard in year 1, but there are clever ways to keep the fun going in year 2 – whilst also developing some additional life skills that will be useful once you’ve concluded your University education. Student Union Clubs and Societies don’t run themselves – so you could run for office, maybe as President, Secretary, Treasurer or Team Captain of your favourite Student Union group.
If you do decide to go for it you’ll need to get yourself elected by the members of the relevant club or society. That can be an exciting process in its own right. You’ll get to have a hand in organising all the activities of your group but with a level of responsibility that will give you vital experience that will look good on C.V. and put you at an advantage with potential employers. Not to mention you’ll make a whole new group of friends through members of your club or society in different year groups.
Above all enjoy it. If you stay on top of it all you’ll have the foundations for a solid and successful 3rd and final Year (assuming you’re on a 3 year course).