Nearly 1 month since the start of term, I can say that I’ve pretty much settled into second year life at Leicester. It is a lot different to the first year, in both good and bad ways. Heres a summary of the differences I’ve encountered so far.
1) Less modules, more reading – the reading I am expected to do for each lecture has increased significantly, and there is more pressure on finding reading material from outside of the reading lists. Weekly seminars mean that at the minimum level I have to read 2 -4 journal articles or book chapters a week for one module.
2) Coursework coursework coursework – the other day I made a ‘coursework calender’ and although the deadlines seem far off, come late November I have 5 deadlines in the space of 4 weeks, and each one requiring much more than a week’s worth of work, meaning I have to start now, alongside the reading.
3) Extra-extra-curricular – the start of the year has been a chance to investigate the societies that I didn’t join last year, which means a lot of taster sessions and follow up sessions to decide whether I want to commit. Not only this but forming your own society takes up a lot of your time! However I’ll talk about that another time.
4) Self-sufficiency – living away in your own house is scary but so fun! There’s is quite a contrast from last year’s catered accommodation, however buying my own food means I get to experiment and make crazy meals I could never make before! Also it’s been surprising how much time I’ve spent cleaning and keeping the house tidy – probably just an excuse to put off the reading…
5) Friends and foes – I feel like this year I have had more choice in who I spend my time with. It’s been great living with people who I have chosen to live with and I feel like I have more options when it comes to meeting new people. This doesn’t really make any sense because the same opportunities were there last year so perhaps it is my mentality that has changed.
Second year is a lot more work than the first year however a lot more enjoyable. I am beginning to appreciate my time at Leicester a lot more 🙂