You’re in final year, whoop you’ve made it! All-in-all you’ve probably got about 6 months worth of teaching until exams start. Most people know that final year is when it all matters, and this can bring a lot of stress, worry but also good times! But have you ever wondered whether your final year experience is the same as others? Well, we’ve put together a list of the most common signs that you’re in your final year below.
You’re very emotional– So many Uni students get stressed and feel pressure, especially in final year. Towards the end of the year, you may become more emotional than usual, and that’s fine. So if you have a little cry in the shower, or get teary in the middle of Aldi, don’t worry! We’ve all been there.
Your brain contains very little which isn’t about Uni– You may have conversations with people about things other than Uni, but that doesn’t matter because you won’t remember them in 15 minutes. Your whole world is consumed by Uni, your work, dissertations, essays and exams. But never fear, this won’t last forever.
You’ve become a little scruffy– let’s just say, maybe the time you spend getting ready in the morning has moved down your list of priorities. In final year, who has time for a full face of make-up, an on-point outfit or even brushed hair?!
The library is your home– Apart from sleeping and showering, you’re spending all of your time in the library. It’s one of the only places where you can work in a quiet environment, and not be interrupted by anything. (Tip: in the last semester, the library gets SUPER busy, to avoid disappointment, book your computer/ study rooms in advance every week).
You get into a routine– Wake at 7 am, out by 8 am lectures, seminars, same lunch at 1 pm, then to the library until 6 pm, head home, cook dinner & eat at 7 pm, study for another 2 hours, then shower, PJs, an episode of your favourite show on Netflix, then bed. Repeat.
You don’t actually have a solid plan– Yes you’re at Uni, but beyond that, you don’t have a solid plan. At the moment, getting through Uni is your main priority, but after this, travelling?, get a job?, move to the foothills of the Himalayas? who knows?!
Referencing?– You remember a seminar at the beginning of 1st year, where you were taught how to reference, but you’ve slept since then! You will probably have to watch a YouTube video showing you how to reference, because you’ve completely forgotten.
Tutors are now basically friends– We’re not talking drinks at the weekend friends, but they answer your emails within 5 minutes, you visit them once a day, they help you with your problems and you’ll probably cry in front of them once a week.
You become reliant on parents– You may not have spoken to them a lot during your first 2 years, but trust us during final year, speaking to them more frequently will help. Ring them if you’re having a bad day, a good day if you’ve got a good grade, or even if you just fancy a chat about something else other than essays!
Ew, the thought of a full-time job– Becoming a fully functioning adult that goes to work 5 days a week, pays bills and has responsibilities fills you with absolute dread. However, you are definitely not alone here, most students will feel this, but it’s totally normal and it’s not daunting, it’s exciting!
The end is nigh!– You are nearly there, and that is the driving force behind everything you’re doing in final year. You’ll probably talk about graduation and finally finishing Uni most of the time and it’s the goal for every student. You are nearly there, keep going and do the best you can do!
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