How did I manage to stay focused on my degree?
Then final year came. I had already done the hard work in my second year – getting comfortable with being back in education. Final year was about concentrating and not being afraid to ask for help when I needed it. Of course, it did not come without its challenges, and there were so many highs and lows – I have lost count. But I would not change my experience, as today, I received my results and I got a First, something I never thought I would get when I restarted my undergraduate degree at DMU.
Things I wish I knew when I started my journey and thing to consider yourself:
- Don't rush into picking who you’re going to live with for your second year – it is OK to stay in halls of residence.
- When it comes to reading: make the effort to read the recommended reading. It is much nicer to sit in lectures and seminars knowing what's going on.
- Make the effort to turn up to lectures and seminars – you never know what little snippets of information may come in handy when completing assignments!
- Ask for help when you need it – not just help from lecturers, but friends and family or even the student union. Help is available and often you've paid for it.
- Plan your week! I found buying a weekly planner from B&M to be the best purchase of my final year, on a Sunday evening I would write in my lectures and seminars and plan how long I would spend on reading for a module, planning assignments and making sure I had time for socialising.
- Plan ‘chill’ days! You need the time to recharge yourself.
- Try to get as involved in University life as possible; become a student ambassador (you get paid!), volunteer (something I wish I did), get involved in societies because you never know what opportunities may be on the horizon.
- Take a leap of a faith and believe in yourself.