I remember when I was in secondary school when Christmas and Easter break was a time where you could truly relax and enjoy whatever weather came your way. Christmas time was full of snow and Easter time was full of sunshine. This year, you may find that this Easter has also been somewhat snowy.
However, there’s no time for relaxing now. In university, you will never be bored because there is always work to be done. I’m not joking; you will always have to do some form of reading or have to complete an assignment. There has never been a time where I felt I have nothing to do on my course.
Personally, I have to complete a 3000-word essay and a presentation, both which I haven’t started yet. And there’s only around two and a half weeks left. You may think having a five week Easter holiday is a blessing but it can also be a curse due to procrastination and lack of money.
This leads me to another phrase that I feel encapsulates studying Media and Communications, and most courses in university. Due to the amount of books and theories you have to read and learn about, it feels like you are reading your way to your degree. Every week, I read approximately three chapters or articles relating to my lecture. Then, for an essay, you can easily read up to fifteen different books and/or articles to get enough information to write a three thousand word essay.
Gone are the days of when you can truly take a break from education. Once you start your degree, studying will consume your life. Even over the summer holidays, you will worry about either your dissertation or finding internships to enhance your CV.
My biggest tip? Enjoy the first year as much as you can. Socialise, go out, explore what Leicester has to offer and focus about just passing your assignments because your first year doesn’t count towards your degree. Don’t burn yourself out too early because when it comes to learning, three years is a very very long time.