Approaching the start of the second year of my degree, I have to confess that I’m like a greyhound at the starting gate. The summer has flown by, and I’ve not really stopped for a break.
Having handed in my work for the first year over a week early, gave me an extra week to do what I needed to. During the first two weeks, it was evident that I needed to find somewhere to live, and also to find a job to get me through the summer.
During the first month, I did just that. So by the time the 13th of June arrived, I had a new job, and a place to live in Hull. I’ve been very fortunate to find an employer who has accommodated my requests for attending courses that are relevant to my degree, providing I’m willing to give a bit of overtime back to the calling floor. The old adage of “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” certainly applies here.
By going through training, and keeping myself busy through the summer, it has kept my focus and work ethic strong through the “down time” of 18 weeks away from University, and has allowed me to get into a better routine of actually going to bed and waking up at a sensible time. So I approach my second year at University with a harder attitude to life, and an increased work ethic, which means that I will be more focused on getting the work done with plenty of time to review my work before handing it in for marking.
During the semesters, I will be continuing to balance work and study, so that I have enough money to live, and also allow time to get everything done for my degree, with the weekdays free to make the most of any opportunities that arise throughout the next few months.
I’m very much of the opinion that an opportunity missed, is an opportunity wasted, so I will be making sure to network and maximise work experiences and the chance to learn in a variety of ways.
Hard work will equate to a good degree, and the journey will then either move to a Postgraduate degree, a paid job within the industry, or maybe both.
I’m chasing a dream, and the only way to realise the dream is to learn from the past, and give 100% to ensure that the future is rosy.