This past year has been so crazy, there is no denying that. Everything seems to be going so fast – I start my placement in 3 months and life seems to be going at a million miles an hour. How am I over halfway through my degree…?? I know that I haven’t even finished second year yet but there is no harm in making a list of what I have learnt / what to expect if you are going into second year in September! 1. – This year counts Second year actually counts. I strolled into second year expecting it to be similar to first year. Expecting to continue to live the ‘fresher life’, go out just as much and live the high life again for a year. Unfortunately, being a fresher is only for one year and I got hit with quite a big shock. You can’t stay in bed for your 9 am’s or ‘just skip that one lecture’ anymore. Obviously, as students, our social life is top on our priorities list but grades do matter. Not knuckling down will stress you out, especially with the amount of workload. Second year has called for me to be more organised. The projects alongside placement searches have taught me to get ahead early and plan, plan, plan! Some weeks there were daily trips to the library with me spending hours on end sat at my laptop but it does pay off in the end!! Oh, and everyone is in the same boat.…

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