I haven’t done a post about my own personal experience of my first year at university for ages – I’ve been relying on other bloggers to build an archive of advice. However, I’m in the mood to chat about university today, so this is what you’re getting. My low-down of my first year at uni.
My course, Politics BA, was split into 4 modules which lasted 2 semesters this year – and next year is the same. My modules were Political Analysis, Background To British Politics, Introduction to International Relations and Introduction to Politics. I loved Background – my lecturer was amazing and it was my only module without an exam which was fantastic. I wasn’t so keen on the other three, but Intro to Politics was definitely the worst. In first year, all modules were compulsory – apart from Intro to International Relations.
I had many assignments and essays to complete, and for me these weren’t too taxing. I averaged a high 2:1 or a low first in all my assignments and most of them were actually fun to write – apart from one particular harrowing essay on John Locke which I did terribly on! The exams also weren’t too bad but I just hate exams in general so I know I probably didn’t do the greatest in them due to nerves.
I had 9 contact hours a week, 4 lectures (all 1 hour bar one, which was 2 hours) and 4 1 hour seminars – one for each subject. I had Tuesdays completely off and didn’t have more than 3 hours a day, which, you know, could be worse. I spent a lot of time watching Netflix.
The majority of my friends were on my course with me. I met a few on the first day at induction lectures and then the rest at a Politics social at Wetherspoons on the Friday of our first week and we were friends ever since. When I started uni, I thought my friends would be my flatmates but I didn’t really click with any of them which was a shame but not the be all and end all – you can’t force friendships after all.
The friends I’ve met at university are some of the best I’ve had in my life. When we all hang out, things get very political, but we hardly ever stop laughing which is so nice. I’m sure over the next two years I’ll make even more friends and extent my group of friends even further – I can’t wait to meet lots of new people!
I have fallen hook, line and sinker for London. It has so much to offer that you just don’t know about when you don’t live here. From finding places to eat, to exploring the East End (just not at night!), to going to cute little markets and stuff, London is full of life and excitement wherever you turn.
Some of my favourite things have been discovering two amazing new burger places, Moe’s Diner in Whitechapel and Greedy Cow in Mile End; walking through Chinatown at night and buying spices and snacks at Chinese supermarkets; sitting in Victoria Park on a sunny afternoon with my friends; cycling through Hyde Park on a crisp winter morning with Johnny.
- If you’re starting uni in September, there is nothing to be scared of. Everyone you meet at Freshers will be really welcoming, because you’re all in the same boat. Approach people, go to people’s flats and meet their flatmates! You’ll find someone you click with!
- The workload is a lot less than I thought and I think that’s because first year doesn’t really count and therefore I think I focused more on the social side. Now, I’m not telling you not to work hard in your first year but don’t only work. Have a healthy work-life balance.