University: On Heading into Final Year

I can’t believe I’m writing this post. It feels like yesterday I was squeezing things into the car, booking train tickets for the two passengers who didn’t fit, and sobbing as my and W went off in separate directions. Now I’m sat in my final student house, just about unpacked and ready for my first lecture of final year tomorrow. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!

 photo 2015-08-16 11.02.09_zpshwaq9my0.jpgMy parents live very, very close to a university (let’s just say Fresher’s weekend =/= a good night’s sleep at home!), and driving past last week I was shocked at how young they look. Then I realised they are pretty much closer to my baby sister’s age than mine.  Then I realised that I’m getting old…

When I left to go to university I was both under and over prepared. I took a huge amount of stuff, some of which never got used. I still have a lot of stuff (huge panic when my dad’s car got recalled back to the manufacturer this week, potentially leaving us with just a diddy Clio to get to Canterbury…), so I can’t say I’ve improved in that area. I didn’t really have a clue how to operate the washing machines; now I at least now that if I press buttons my clothes will get clean.

I can differentiate, integrate, build accounts, calculate expected pension income given age, develop insurance claims. Or I could, until I took a year out on placement.

 photo Pump Shoreditch 1_zpsanpm0hx1.jpgAnd that brings me to my major fear for this year. My placement year was one of the best experiences of my life, but can I remember any maths?! Erm, no. So I’m hoping I don’t majorly embarrass myself over the next few weeks. Especially as the studying I mentioned in my September goals failed miserably…

I’m also terrified of walking into my lecture hall tomorrow and not knowing anyone, not recognising any faces. My closest friends do a slightly different course, so I have some modules where I now know very few people. I’ve lost my comfort blanket, and I’m nervous. Deep down I know I’ll be fine once those first few days are over!

 photo 2015-09-06 09.27.09_zpsw14mwfw5.jpgWith final year comes stress. Stress about getting the grades, about pulling my average up following the RSI I suffered in second year. Stress about getting my dream graduate job. Stress about where to live after university, leaving my friends, moving out properly. But I’m determined to make the most of final year. I’m living with two of my bestest friends, I’ve got the loveliest boyfriend to visit on weekends, I’m doing a course I feel enthusiastic about. So let’s crack open a bottle of wine snuggle up with a cuppa, and get started with final year!

How did you feel about entering final year? Or are you still at university – and how are you doing?

  • Jennifer K

    I’m really enjoying my final year so far, but it certainly has a different feel to the rest of my time at university. The freshers look so young and inexperienced now that I’m so old and wise (haha…). I love looking back on how far I’ve come – course wise and life experience wise. Medicine is starting to make sense to me now, and I even changed the light bulb in our fridge this week! Not bad for someone who didn’t even know how to buy a bus ticket five years ago (I blame living in London for that).
    Enjoy your final year, don’t let the stress overwhelm you. Keep talking to the people who can help, and the people who are going through the same things. Be ambitious but stay healthy and keep your goals achievable. Best of luck! 🙂
    Jennifer x
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    • ninegrandstudent

      They do look so young! I can’t imagine what it feels like to nearly be a doctor! x

  • Good luck for this year – it will be tough at points, but it will be incredibly rewarding and you have an incredible graduation day to look forward to (speaking from experience!). You will be fine remembering things I am sure, and I hope you have a fantastic last year – I remember chatting to you ages ago and you saying you went to Uni in Canterbury, like I did, and it’s a great place to finish uni!!

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    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you so much! Yes I am at Canterbury, it’s so lovely! x

  • Rhiannon Blewer

    Aw congrats on making it into your third year! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and you seem prepared for it! I’ve just started my second year so I’m looking forward to reading your experiences of third year so I can prepare myself 🙂 Good luck with tomorrow and I bet all your maths skills come back xo

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    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you so much, your comment made me feel so much better ahead of this morning! x

  • Clare Purdy

    Good luck for this year, you’ll do fantastic i’m sure! I know the feeling when you say you feel old seeing students. This year marked 3 years since i graduated, having gone to uni a year late, my baby brother graduated this year having resat final year, i feel absolutely ancient when i see the people i remember being born starting uni this year! especially the few who’s siblings went to a different secondary school to me…and therefore haven’t seen since they were 5 or 6!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Wow, it goes so quickly doesn’t it! x

  • Good luck for this year! I’m in my last year too and I can’t believe how quick it’s all gone, it’s terrifying. I hope your first day went well 🙂 xx

    Toasty

    • ninegrandstudent

      It wasn’t too bad, though I only had an hour! x