Autumn mornings are upon us already and with them brings the start of a new year at Uni. With you all being Uni veterans I’m sure you all know the drill by now, but here are a few things to bear in mind before you get distracted with the ‘back-to-uni’ hype.
Remember to register your attendance for the year and to sign up to your courses as soon as possible as this needs to be done by 30th September. I would also recommend getting down to Rymans to get all your stationery ready for the new semester. No one wants to be the one who turns up to lectures without pen or paper plus if you show your NUS card you can get a lovely 12.5% off 😉 ! As ever remember that the early bird gets the worm, so get yourself down to John Rylands to nab your course’s set textbooks. A list of set texts can be found here.
Second and final year can be tough so it’s important to knuckle down and to start revision early on, but remember to give yourself some down time and not to get burn-out. Post-first year can be tough at Uni, it’s important that if you find yourself struggling to speak up. Talk to your academic adviser or tutor if you’re finding the workload tough or are struggling to make coursework deadlines. You can also get in touch with the Student Support Adviser, Steph, based at the Atrium to seek further support. You can get in touch with Steph via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 0161 275 3033/3781 to book an appointment to have a chat. Steph also has some great information and advice in the crucial guide which can be found here.
That said, second and final year is also much more interesting as your courses will become more in depth and specialised, with more emphasis on independent learning, plus you’re likely to be living in your first shared house with your friends which is an exciting experience and can be loads of fun. It’s also a time to start to think about what you want to do after Uni, as it may seem a long way off and whilst at Uni it’s easy to get lost in the student bubble, but graduation will come round sooner than you think. Get ahead in the world of work and visit the Careers service to explore and discuss your options about life after Uni.
Although it’s important to work hard, it’s also important to let your hair down and to make the most of your time here in Manchester. Enjoy the buzz of being back in Manchester and to reconnect with your inner fresher and to take part in some of the events and fairs during Welcome Week. Good luck! 🙂