Hello. I'm done with my first year of University. I've been celebrating it for three weeks now. I still can't get my head around the fact that I've only got three more years before I finish my degree. And this is quite big. Some days I know what I want to achieve in life but others I don't really know what the heck I'm doing. But that's fine. It's part of experience, I'm sure. I've watched lots of videos and read a couple of post on university experiences so I thought it was time to share mine.
When I left school I had no idea what was out there. It felt like I was finally free and capable of doing whatever I wanted. That's partially true. I do have permission to do what I want but one of the things I learnt when I got into UNI is that you are allowed to let loose but you also need to be responsible when it comes to make decisions. This is something I learnt as time came by and I got adapted to this whole new life. When I got all my A-Level grades I sent them to a big amount of universities even though I finally decided to stay home.
I've only been in one school and have never tried any other system different from the one I was used to so at first it was a bit difficult to accept that it's alright if you miss a lecture or that teachers aren't always willing to help you. You're an adult now and you have to learn how to survive without depending on your parents. I thought all of this was going to be a problem but it wasn't, to be honest. Spanish University system is quite different to the English one [for example]. We have two semesters with a minimum of five courses per term. We've got three calls in each subject before we have to pay taxes in order to retake the course in case of failing. Exams are in January and May/June. January exams are a pain in the ass, I'm not going to lie. We have a month of revision in between the Christmas holidays before taking our exams in January. In May/June we have exams for the rest of the courses we've decided to take and also another opportunity to take an exam of the first term courses. It's quite complicated. Second semester has a big perk and it's that at this time of the year we are very tired as we've got lots of deadlines and it feels like they're never coming to an end.
I'm a Journalism student. I took 10 courses and passed all of them. First term was great. I took Theory of Communication, Social Communication, Sociology, English and Spanish. I loved all of them and that reflected on my grades. My favourite ones were Spanish and English. We got to write lots of abstracts, articles and columns. It was great. Second semester wasn't that good. I took Economy, Audiovisual Communication, Law, Statistics and Geography. Economy and Law were my favourite ones. The best part of both subjects were the essays we had to hand in before exams. They were complicated, sometimes endless, but worth the sacrifice.
Despite taking 10 courses, I also got the opportunity to do lots of different things. I joined my UNI newspaper, the debate and drama club. As you can see I haven't wasted any time 😌 but every decision has its perks and advantages. I've met lots of people who are now my closest friends but I haven't had the same amount of time I had back in my first semester. My drama rehearsals were three times a week so I had to re organize my free periods in order to handle all my university assignments and blogging work. This is a different topic. I feel like not many bloggers talk about the combination of being a blogger and taking a degree (leave a comment down below if you want me to talk about it in another occasion). Sometimes it was quite hard to keep up with the pressure but it was well worth it. I wouldn't have changed for the world.
I've been well excited about writing a post on my UNI thoughts and in order to express myself in the best way possible I've been reading different posts and watching videos which in the end I didn't relate to at all. I've heard a lot about the process of changing schools but I can't really complain about my first year at University. My life has changed for the best and I've learnt a lot. My hard work over the last couple of years has definitely paid off and I can't wait to learn more new things in the upcoming years.
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