Now that you’ve had your first term away from home, returning to university should be a breeze. You’ll know your way around the town, have made some friends, know what’s entailed in lectures and what’s expected of you in your essays. Hopefully you’ll have learnt to cook a few basic meals, and how to work the washing machine. And hopefully you won’t feel quite as homesick as last term.
Because of this, it’s a great time to start thinking about what else uni life offers you, what you’ve learnt in your first term and how to make the most of your time.
If Freshers’ Week was all too overwhelming, you can still join that society you had your eye on. By this point in time, you’ll know how much free time you’ve got and when you can fit your activity in, and what you might like to get out of it. By the end of term you’ll also feel as though you’ve accomplished something new, and it will be something to look back on fondly, as well as meeting new people along the way and enjoying plenty of boozy nights out with your new clique.
Is this what you want to do?
Are you enjoying university and your course? If not, not is the time to think about your options, whether it’s changing courses, changing university or leaving university as it’s not too late to start again. Your second term will tell you whether you really are unhappy and unsure about university life, as you’ll have had time to settle in and won’t be set back by homesickness or the novelty of university.
Now that you’ve written a few essays and taken a few exams you’ll be in a much better place to understand what is expected of you at university. Take a bit of time to assess your study methods, and what has worked and doesn’t work, and take the ones that do work to a whole new level this term!
First term is all about making friends, finding your way round a new city and learning to cook for yourself. Once you’ve got these under your belt (although there is always time to make new friends!), you’ll be in a better position to plan your life, for example budgeting how much money you need for food and for entertainment, and when and where is the best environment for you to study in to take control of your university life. If you feel you are in need of a part-time job, now’s the time to get one, as you’ll know when you can fit one into your life.
Think about the summer
What do you want to do during your summer? There are plenty of exciting options available to you, but the best ideas always go quickest so now is the time to look into work options, travelling, festivals, or anything else you might want to do during your summer break. It’s never too early to get planning, and you’ll also have something to look forward to and to work for when you find yourself slaving away in the library.
If you managed first term, you can get through anything!