How I'm Surviving Third Year.

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To say last year was difficult is an understatement. If you have been an avid reader of my blog then you will of seen some of my previous posts about the struggle 2017 was for me.   Getting through second year was honestly something that, at so many times, felt impossible and on several occasions I felt like not returning for my own mental wellbeing. Therefore, you can probably imagine the worries I had around entering third year based on the assumptions we have around how difficult it will be with the joys of a dissertation to write, on top of all the already existing assignments. Surprisingly third year, so far, has been so much better than second year ever was and I am actually enjoying it and looking forward to how the rest unfolds. This year I am taking many steps to try and ensure I don't let myself slip back into the way that I was in 2017 and so far it is going so well and I am actually happy. 

I believe it is so important to look after yourself and put yourself and your health first.

Firstly I am trying to stay on top of all my work. I try and make tiny chips at the coursework I have, whether this is by looking at journal articles or even writing in a reflective journal to make sure I remember what I did and how I felt at that time. This helps me to feel as though I am doing something towards the end goal which helps me to not feel overwhelmed and stressed. During lectures, I write notes and have the powerpoint's available and after each one of these I get them printed off. I find this so much more efficient and useful than having them stored on my laptop or in a notebook because I can lay them out in a way that is easy for me to understand, access and it is all written in a neat way. Along with organisation in relation to notes and coursework, I also make a point to buy one of the recommended reading books every term to assist with my writing and coursework. In a whole, I am trying to be so much more organised this year around my university work. 

Ensure you fully appreciate all the times your face is greeted with a smile. 

At Christmas, I got gifted a book from my friends called 'Happy, The Journal' by Fearne Cotton. This book enables you to write happiness into every day. It allows you to reflect on how you feeling and what happened that day, or what goals you have for the future and how you can achieve them. I actually enjoy filling it out so much because it also has a circle for every day and you draw on the face that resembles how you felt that day. It really helps you to find a good thing that happened every day or something that made you smile and I think it is so important to appreciate these times. I think it is so important to take care of yourself first and ensure your mental wellbeing and mindset is in a good place as this is the foundation for everything else you do in your life.


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Yes, university is stressful but it is also somewhere we choose to put ourselves. Last year was rubbish and a complete write-off for me therefore, I want to make this year the best possible. I want to remember my time at university for all the good times and the people I've met that have helped me through all the tough ones. My aim is to try and make these last few months enjoyable with as minimal stress as possible and that can all be achieved with planning, organisation and self-care.

These are some ways I am keeping my head and mindset in a good place and not letting myself get overwhelmed and taken over by stress. 
I would love to hear your tips and things you do to keep yourself at ease.

Much love 

x

6 comments

  1. I'm so glad you are feeling like you're back on track! I'm in my fourth year (of five) at uni at the moment and I can totally relate!! I definitely feel like this semester has been so busy so far and just a constant stream of work without actually seeing any progress but I'm determined to stay organised and keep ploughing through! xo
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    1. YESSS! omg that is so good to hear that you are still going all them years in! You can do it!! xo

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  2. What a great post! I’m only in my first year of uni and it’s going so quickly and very stressful however your post got me a tad prepared for third year! Ayse x

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    1. first year is the best year, thoroughly enjoy every second of it!! x

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  3. Loved this post, I've just dropped out of uni so it's so amazing to hear you're in third year! I also have that Happy journal and absolutely love it x

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    1. Awwww girl, it's not for everyone and I'm so glad to hear that you made that decision for you instead of just sticking it out for the sake of it! x

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