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Survive Sociology First Year

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I survived my first year of university! So here are my 4 top tips on how to juggle your first year of your sociology degree.



On the first day of Freshers’ week, you are assigned a peer mentor who is in their second or third year. These mentors are there to help you through your first year, they are there to answer any questions you may have, no matter how silly you may think they are. My advice is to use your peer mentor and to ask as many questions as possible as they have been in the exact position you are in.


After a gap year, I found it pretty difficult to get back into the swing of learning again, especially as university is a different style of learning. I found that dividing my modules into separate files, and having a notepad for each, made everything a lot easier to juggle.


As boring as it sounds, I found that starting essays and assignments as soon as they were set, definitely paid off. There’s nothing better than being able to have fun with friends before the deadline date knowing that all your work has been submitted.


The sociology society was the first society I joined as a fresher and it was definitely the best decision I made during Freshers’ Week. The Sociology Society aim to run socials every two-three weeks, which are not only great fun but they help you to get to know people on your course a lot faster! As well as regular socials, SocSoc also hold a summer ball at the end of Semester 2 which was held this year at As You Like It in Jesmond!

Table layout from SocSoc Summer ball at As You Like It

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