Week 9 Already? – Jenni Hanford

Week 9 Already?!


Wow, week 9 of Lent term, next week I’ll be having my final ever lectures, apart from revision sessions in April and it’s scary, really really scary. University is such a scary concept when you are first arriving, but leaving is even scarier! It’s at this time I’ve started to reflect on my time at Lancaster and I realised it’s been the best four years of my life.


I was so nervous when I first came to University, lacking in confidence and feeling very homesick and now I’m president of a Gospel Choir, have been travelling round Europe and have loads of amazing friends. I’m so amazed at how far I’ve come but the most important thing I’ve learnt, although very cheesy, is you can do anything if you believe in yourself!


You have to make the most of your time at University because it’ll be over before you know it. 3/4 years seems like ages but in reality it flies by, mostly because it’s so much fun. The work is tough, you are getting a degree, but if you match this with days out, societies, socials and chilled nights with friends, the work isn’t half as bad!


As I mentioned above I went inter railing this past summer with my best friend and it was awesome. I couldn’t believe that I had the confidence to navigate round Europe but I’m so glad we did. The things we saw and experienced were fantastic and I would never have done anything like that if I hadn’t come to Uni here. The main reason we could do the trip, as well as saving for it, is due to the great holidays you get over summer. You need to take advantage of these as in most jobs you don’t get that kind of time off, at least not for a while anyway, so make the most of it while you can.


This year we are going round the parts of Europe we missed last time and we are also going to America for a week. I am so excited and know we will make so many more memories that I’ll never forget! That’s what’s really important, making memories, as they are the things that you’ll carry with you and shape your life!


I’ve also finally accepted that graduation is this year so I’ve started looking for an outfit, which is almost as stressful as the exams to enable me to graduate haha! Knowing that the pictures from the day will be distributed around my various family members piles on the pressure to find that perfect dress! I also received an email about the final year yearbook so if you haven’t done your profile you need to as the deadline is coming up and it will be a great thing to take away with you for the future.


Revision, the phrase everyone dreads, but it’s inevitable. It’s important you tackle revision head on and don’t shy away, wasting time and then realise you’re too late and your exams are upon you. Exam timetables are out now, which gives the perfect opportunity to plan out your revision schedule over Easter. If you do a lot of work over the ‘holidays’ you’ll feel so much better when you come back to Uni in the final run up to your exams, no matter what year you’re in.  Also, the benefit of doing it over Easter is you’ll have lots of chocolate to keep you going and whatever you gave up for Lent!


This is also a great time to brush up in your exam technique. Practice questions and exercises under time pressure and make sure you write answers out fully. I don’t know about you guys, but my wrists get really tired when it’s exam seasons and it’s because I do a lot more typing and a lot less writing by hand these days. You don’t want you illegible writing to cost you marks or your tired wrist to slow you down, so get practicing!


Ask questions as soon as possible. As soon as you have queries ask your lecturers so you can get them cleared up and understood as soon as possible. It’s important you understand your subject matter but also that you have time to talk through problems as there is bound to be a mad rush and large queues as exam season loom nearer and nearer.


I hope this blog has been interesting and helped where possible, but also that it’s hopefully inspired you to do something different, challenging and amazing this summer!


Thanks again for reading, speak soon, JenJ