Thinking about the academic aspect of university before you start your lectures and seminars can be extremely daunting. Here are the three main things I wish I had known before starting my degree, for any one who is about to start theirs.
You’re aloud to feel overwhelmed when you start university; it’s a huge change from A levels. I thought I was the only one that felt overwhelmed, but as always, after talking to other people I realised I certainly wasn’t.
You aren’t thrown straight into the deep end
I was anxious when I first started my English Literature degree that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the reading for multiple modules. However, soon after I started my degree I realised that there is communication between tutors; one week where I had to read a heavy text for one module, there would be a lighter text for another.
You are supported
The concept of self-motivation at university and studying by yourself, especially for English degrees, which have less contact hours than other subjects, was extremely prevalent in talks and materials I was given whilst applying to university. However, when I started my course I was pleasantly surprised at how much support was available, whether that’s support for disabilities or illnesses or simply the plethora of resources available to allow you to develop as a student.