How To Survive Third Year.. (Just)
Third year… the most daunting words you will here. Nothing quite prepares you for it and it comes around so quickly. Watching those first years go out to a mosh Monday and a Mukky Duck Wednesday awaiting DJ Chris’s actually shite playlists we all love to hate can really be cruel. Oh how we all took first year for granted, if only we could go back. Unfortunately reminiscing it won’t get us our degrees but I just keep telling myself this is going to be over in a matter of months and think of those celebrations! For me it’s the dissertation, that’s where the stress lies. The other day I actually found myself in the office of the head of my department crying into my bag thinking how did I even get here? I still feel for the poor woman just sat there, yet she did actually help in that situation. However, for me the word dissertation will always haunt over me until it’s done. I literally wake up and it’s the first thing I think of! Ok so here are some tips to help avoid the dreaded stresses of third year (some I need to take into account for myself)
1- Do not avoid your dissertation supervisor (no matter how little work you have done) . If you end up avoiding the person guiding you throughout your dissertation you will end up in an even bigger mess and the work will just keep piling and piling up and before you know it you don’t have any words and your deadline is quickly creeping up on you! No matter how much you think they may shout for how little work you have done, they will keep you on track and help you with ideas. Be truthful, they will understand! Even if you’ve binged watched the entire series of friends in a matter of 2 weeks it’s ok! ( We do deserve a break! )
2-To Do Lists.
For me and my friends at uni we have found this most useful. Writing yourself out a plan of what you need to do that day is extremely helpful and keeps you organised. It is so easy to get distracted when trying to get work done but not knowing what exactly you need to be doing. Also it is so easy to get all the way to the library and accidentally walk straight into the SU and before you know it you’re 4 dark fruits in and you’ve decided you’re going out. A little to do list goes a long way.
3- Quality not quantity.
Little not lots! It’s better to do a little bit of work each day to build yourself up. Then you won’t stress yourself out with cramming in work at the last second! Quality not quantity, just make sure you allow yourself enough time to read over it. ( Or get others to read over it if you have had enough of looking at your work )
I mean come on, I know we might be third years, but we are still entitled to some time off. For me after I’ve got done what I wanted to get done I either go to the pub, or just enjoy a few bevs with friends. It takes the pressure off for sure and gives you a small amount of time where you can forget the dreaded dissertation.
For me this is the most important. Even if it’s just a face time to your mum or your best friend, talking it the one thing that gets you through. Even if you just cry or a rant about it. Keeping it all bottled up will not help, and EVERYONE is going through it, its just some people deal with it in different ways. It just all depends on how you deal with stress, but it dosent make you less of a person if you feel you cant do it! Were all students here and we have all had that breakdown of WHAT AM I EVEN DOING and the whole THIS IS SHIT rant to yourself in the library as you try not to cry into your brownie you just purchased from the oh so treasured brownie man. Just remember TALK! To anyone, it dosent even matter, just do not keep it bottled up!
Just remember YOU ARE AMAZING and you are about to write a long bloody essay, so you’ve basically concurred everything. Surviving third year does deserve a medal in my opinion. Positivity is key, just keep treating yourself as if you are a god, or just ran the marathon, because third year ladies and gentleman is BLOODY HARD.
Written by: Jessica Ashworth