My second year of university starts next week. I’m moving into a new flat, starting new course modules, becoming a course representative and continuing my job at the student bar. I wanted to write a blog post reflecting on the past year at university, my struggles, things I have learnt and enjoyed as well as the things I’m excited for in the new beginning ahead.
This time last year, I was so scared about moving away from home. Starting in a place I had only visited twice, I hadn’t even been into the town centre. I had this gut feeling when I went for my open day, that I wanted to go to Lincoln. Somehow I just knew it was right for me.
Studying journalism, it really taught me to come out of my shell and gain some confidence. On my first radio lesson, my friend Becky and I had to go out and interview complete strangers… I remember feeling so conscious but studying journalism you had to bite the bullet and just become confident with interviewing strangers.
I quickly learned the things I liked and disliked within the course. I knew from around the second week that I loved writing and hated being on the camera. Luckily in second year you can choose your modules. I’m looking forward to studying something new. I get a chance to study ethics and magazine production.
Moving into halls was daunting, you are placed with people you’ve only spoken to on Facebook and having your own space and being in charge of your own actions is a weird thing to get used too. Unfortunatly I had some problems with my first flat, so I moved to another one around halfway through the year. Settling in to a second flat was nerve wracking at first but I met some incredible friends in that flat. In some weird way, it was probably meant to be. The social aspect of halls was great, everyones so close together. You’re never too far from friends and pre-drinks.
Looking back I wish I had got more involved with societies and academic related extras. With second year approaching, I have got more involved with the Journalism society. I am now the academic officer for the society, meaning I can plan trips and guest lectures for the rest of the members of the society. I have also been elected as course rep for my course, so I can have a say on possible changes to the course and help others on my course.
Work experience is going to be a major goal of mine during second year. I have written for several smaller publications, websites and magazines. However I really want to get stuck in this year and throw myself into work experience with new companies. (Hopefully they’ll have me).
For anyone about to embark on their university journey, my advice would be not to worry. Everything works out in the end.