My second year of uni was definitely an emotional rollercoaster.
First year was about settling in and making friends and seeing what your course is about, but second year counts towards your degree and that was a scary thought, even if it only counts for a third of the final degree.
I needn’t have worried as much as I did because I worked hard in first year and I knew I was capable of getting the marks I needed, but the pressure of knowing that everything counted made me fret all the more.
Through all the stress though, friendships became stronger as we were all going through the same things and we all wanted to help each other. I’m sure this will continue next year when we’re all crying over our dissertations!
For all the worry I felt during the two exam seasons this year, it was worth it knowing I tried my hardest and I could actually get through it.
Although the thought of a dissertation is scary, at least I can do it on whichever topic from whichever module I like and it’s spread out over a long period of time.
So, although second year was a challenge, it has made me less fearful of the final year of my degree because if I could survive this I can do anything. I have time to plan my dissertation and organise how I’ll tackle the workload of my other modules.
If I had to give some advice to anyone worrying about second year, I would say don’t think about it counting towards your degree. If you did well in first year, if you keep up the hard work you will do well in second year too. As long as you are organised and give each module as much effort and time as you can, you’ll be fine. You got accepted after your A Levels so the university know you are capable of doing well in your degree if you try hard enough.