Second year

How to prepare for your second year at CU

So you’ve breezed past your first year and everything went great (told you!). But you’re now heading into second year and things are starting to feel a bit more real. Don’t panic! Guest blogger ben is back with tips to get you through year two!


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Sadly with each year at university, you’ll find that more is going to be expected of you and your workload will increase. In these situations, you can be quick to doubt yourself and feel like you’re in over your head. It’s important to remain calm and confident in your abilities. Don’t forget, you’ve already adjusted to university life and made it through the stresses of first year, you can do the same again. On the other hand, if you do feel like your course isn’t for you, there are still plenty of options to switch. It might be the best decision you’ve ever made.


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Change is very natural, especially during your time at university. People change, circumstances change and, yes, you will also change. This is a really good thing, as university is supposed to be a transformative time. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, so stay positive and keep an open mind.

New Students

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Don’t be surprised if you feel a bit weird when you see a bunch of new faces around campus. New people suddenly appearing in your home is odd in any circumstance, but try not to see it as people invading your turf or disrupting your life. It’s an opportunity to make more great friends, make others feel at home, hear some different thoughts, feelings and gain new perspectives.

Domestic Improvements

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Remember those struggles you had with the cooking? Or when that red sock turned your whites pink? Well, it all starts to get easier now. Thanks to your dodgy first year experiences, taking care of the day-to-day stuff suddenly seems to be a lot simpler. Give it a few more months and you’ll be a gourmet chef in no time, honest.

Fresh Opportunities

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Remember all that advice you got in your first year about taking opportunities and trying new things? Well, don’t think it doesn’t still apply just because you’re not a fresher anymore. Keep getting stuck in, you’ll find that it’s a lot tougher to get bogged down in the uni bubble if you do. As time goes by, you’ll realise that this attitude is important to maintain during your whole life, not just at university.