I am both excited and nervous for the third year to begin. I’m excited because I’ll be back at university able to see the girls and have a proper routine again. But nervous because this is the year of my dissertation, graduation and then being thrown into the real world. Let’s be completely honest, I’m bricking it. Last semester, I set some goals for myself and that really helped with my focus. I’m planning on doing that again.
Get 60%-70% in all of my assignments
This was one of my goals last semester and other than one 59%, I managed to smash it. I’ve decided that I’m setting this again for third year. One reason that I feel helped me succeed with this goal is that is it’s too hard or too easy. It’s in that perfect goldilocks goal zone. If I’m being completely honest with myself, I’m not a very high academic achiever. I’ve always done well enough to get the average kind of grades but I’m no brain box. And it’s not that I don’t try my best because I do.
60% to 70% is what I achieve if I try my best. So, knowing what I can achieve and at what level of effort I feel comfortable has been a balance that has been as hard to find as Will Byers was in season one of Stranger Things. I know I can do better than 40% and 50% grades but I know I’ll end up sobbing over my laptop if I aim for 80%. It’s all about balance and being honest with yourself.
Attend (most of) my lectures and seminars
Sometimes I can get a little lazy and stop going to my lectures. I do the work from home but it’s not the same as hearing someone with expertise explain it or having discussions in the sessions. I know that there will be a few times that I’ll have to skip like when I go on holiday with Liam for my 21st. But last year I got into the habit of just not going because I couldn’t be bothered too so I’m going to try not to fall back into that trap. Let’s not do that again this year.
Come in every Saturday
In my second year at university, I went into university on Saturday’s as much as I possibly could. And this made such a huge difference to my grades because I could just blast out loads of work in one sitting. I’ve already booked myself some study pod sessions for when I start back in September.
I’m the kind of person where I need the right environment to get the work done. Does that make sense? If I’m at home in the comfort of my bedroom where it’s full of distractions then my brain goes into ‘chill out’ mode. But when I’m in the study pod in the uni library I feel way more inclined to get the work down because that’s what that environment was built for.
Leave with a 2:1
I never ever thought that I would ever go to university, let alone be thinking of what I want to graduate with. Not being a pessimist but I just know that a 1st is too high for me to get. I’ve never been a really high achiever but I’d be more than happy with a 2:1. It’s what I’m on track to achieve too so it shouldn’t be too hard if I put the effort in.
♡ What are your hopes for the new academic year?
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” – Syndey Harris.
Until next time,