As a second year uni student I would like to warmly welcome/welcome back the students of 2013. It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything, and I would love to blame that on the assignments that are piling up, but let’s be honest, neither you nor I have started any of them. For my first post of 2013, I thought I’d share what second year has taught me so far:
1. No online recordings
This revelation made me cry a little on the inside. Knowing I have to physically be at an 8 am lecture isn’t the greatest thing to hear. I’m just grateful it’s only one this time, which brings me to my next point.
2. Better class times
The timetable gods have smiled upon me. While there’s one early morning start, the rest of my times are pretty decent. It’s probably to make up for the online recordings. If you’re in first year and you didn’t get an amazing timetable, don’t worry, neither did I.
3. Lecturers aren’t afraid to call on you
Maybe because we were first year students they didn’t want to scare us off. I haven’t been the unlucky soul that gets singled out in a lecture. But let me tell you, having one hundred pairs of eyes on you is an introvert’s worst nightmare. I just want to run up and hug the people that have experienced it.
4. A diary is your best friend (or your best friend is your diary)
In my case it’s both. I’m always referring to my diary, and when it fails to help me I ask my friend what’s coming up. I highly recommend you either find an organized friend, or you be that organized friend. Trust me, people will love you.
5. Burning the hand you write with a week before uni is a really bad start to the year
Hot oil is extremely painful. Stay away from the stuff, especially if you’re in a subject which involves a lot of writing (I do Creative Writing and Journalism).
6. Finding a parking spot on campus is as difficult as people say it is
No seriously, I thought people were lying when they said it was hard. Guess who had a nice long walk to their class? No prizes for guessing.
7. You only get better at procrastinating
Writing a blog post will not help me start my assignments. Having Facebook and Tumblr open aren’t great starting points either.
These are just a few things I’ve learnt in my first five weeks as a second year student. What are some of the things you’ve discovered this early in the semester?