I thought this would be a perfect time to do a little recap on my second year at uni as I’ve recently submitted my last essay for the year and now I’m done for summer! (yayyyy)
For those of you who don’t know, I study English with Philosophy and I’ve just finished my second year.Second year was honestly really good, I enjoyed the modules I chose and the text I read were amazing. The good thing about my course is that I can free-reign to choose my modules with the exception of 1/2 core modules each semester.
The modules I choose were:
Semester One: Detective and American City, The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond, Philosophy of Religion and Pursuit of the Good.
Semester Two: 20th Century British Fiction and Poetry, Romanticisms, American Studies: From Modernity to Counter-Culture and Epistemology and Metaphysics.
When choosing my modules I wanted to broaden my reading and knowledge of all periods and then see which ones are my favourite, with my dissertation in mind I wanted to narrow down my time-periods which I feel are the best for me. This year definitely helped with that, my utmost faves were Detective and American City and 20th Century British Fiction.
20th century was honestly super good, the reading list had Zadie Smith on it, and that says it all tbh!
Luckily the modules I chose were coursework based, so I had no exams this year which meant I finished a lot earlier in the year.
We’ve had a few talks about our dissertations, as I’m studying a Major/Minor degree (English/Philosophy); my dissertation will be in English. I think I have a broad idea of what kind of topic I’m thinking to write on, I had a good few meetings with my personal tutor which honestly really helped. I think a lot of the time it’s easy to just stress out on your own but the truth is being able to ask for help (even if it feels like the most absurd questions, e.g. How should a dissertation be structured?) is COMPLETELY FINE. I asked a bunch of questions to a few different tutors of mine and it really helped, I walked away so much calmer!
I definitely want to utilise my summer break to sleep to read around the subject I want to hopefully base my dissertation on, I was given a few recommendations for where to start, so I can’t wait to delve into them!
I think it’s only natural (I mean I hope it is) to have a little panic about the upcoming third year. It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘bubble’ of second year at uni and forget that third year is approaching L I know I definitely had to keep reminding myself that ‘next year is my final year at uni’.
I’m hoping to make the utmost of my summer and do as much as I can before third year stress begins!
As for post-graduation plans, I’m toying with the idea of many things, whether to do postgraduate study or not (is my biggest dilemma rn). Hopefully by the end of summer I’ll be a lot more confident in the choice that I’m going to make!
With love, Soph