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Hi Everyone! Today I thought that I’d have a wee chat with you all about my University Experience seen as I am going into my Honours Year in September which will be my last year at Uni *sobs*. Whether your at Uni already like me, or are starting this year or are even contemplating going to University I hope you enjoy hearing about my experience, and remember that everyone’s experiences are different 🙂
*Academic side of Uni*
So my degree is in History, specific areas over the last 3 years I’ve studied have been Scottish History ( Jacobites and Covenanters), European History ( France 1800 as well as both world wars) and History of Medicine ( such as history of diseases). I’ve found each of these 3 areas of history to be interesting but in particular I have enjoyed learning more in depth about WW1 and 2 as well as the medical history classes. My timetable has always consisted of lectures and tutorials/seminars which you prepare work and discuss in a smaller group with your tutor. The work load of my course is a lot but I think as long as your relatively organised and plan in advance for deadlines your fine- but we have all been there cramming a few nights before a deadline! As I’m going into my Honours Year I am currently doing research for my dissertation- where you carry out your own research and write a super long essay. I’m preparing for the next few months of stress to begin but really want to do well in this unit of work. I found the jump from 2nd to 3rd Year quite overwhelming and had a hard/ emotional semester. Post Christmas I kicked my butt into gear and had much better semester as I was now adjusted to the workload.
*Friendships at Uni*
I think if there’s one thing you should be prepared for at uni is having multiple ‘acquaintances’ I say this as you’ll go into lectures, sit next to someone get chatty and then possibly not see them till the next semester ( or at least that’s the case in my course) This is because there are so many different people that its hard to make time and sometimes even get to know people really well. Especially, when your only there a couple of hours a week. In saying that though, I have made some good friends at uni, some I’ve known since first year and others I got to know in my third year. As well as this I have lost friends along the way, not necessary because of anything bad but just the cycle of uni. Your no longer in the same classes a few weeks/ months past and you drift apart. As I am a student that commutes into uni I don’t have flat mates so I like to make the effort to keep in touch with uni friends and arrange daytrips/dinners/ nights so we can have fun! I have definitely noticed though that as the workload has increased we haven’t been able to be as sociable during term time as we were in first year. So if your a fresher make the most of it!
I feel I have so much more to say but this post has turned out superrrr long so kudos to you if you’ve made it to the end! So this is my 3 years of Uni reflection its been pretty good, I’ve met some lovely people had some great memories and moral support in the group chats when we are all in the depths of despair over essays and exams!
Hope you enjoyed reading my thought on my uni experience so far- I wonder if much will change in the next year to come! Leave me your comments below and if your new remember to follow!