New Accounting & Finance UG blog – Jenni Hanford

So another term has started at Lancaster University and it feels like I’ve never been away. After doing a placement year I was worried about settling in and, despite a few changes, everything seems the same, except it’s not. I’m now a fourth year and everything is that little bit harder. Juggling dissertation work, new modules, new societies and everything else that comes with university life, but that’s one of the things I love most about Lancaster, there’s always something to do.

I’m an accounting and finance student from Pendle college and I completed my placement year with EY. I had an amazing time in the past year but I’m loving being back at Lancaster. Last week was Fresher’s week so I attended the many different fairs and welcome talks Lancaster Uni has to offer. This reminded me of the many different fun and exciting things you can do here at Lancaster University, from sky diving to art club, there’s something for everyone.  I myself am the president of Lancaster University Gospel choir so I was able to meet lots of new people as well as signing up to a few new societies myself; it’s never too late to learn something new.

During this term I will be finishing off my Lancaster award. The Lancaster award is an amazing opportunity for everyone at the university and I recommend it to all students. During my time at university I have gained many skills, experience and improved my confidence whilst completing activities for the award. There are different sections in the Lancaster award, each one targeting a specific area and allowing you to enhance who you can become whilst at university. There is the skills bank, which helps to identify all the new skills you have learnt, whilst at university, completing different activities, the work experience section, which encourages you to gain the necessary experience for future CV’s/job applications and then the various different talks and sessions you can attend, which give advice on a range of different aspects in your life/career. It’s amazing what the award can do for you and the confidence it can instil.

We are now into week one and lectures have started. I have a serious case of Fresher’s flu, which is never ideal but unavoidable it seems after 3 years. It’s always hard I find, when lectures start to have the motivation you need to complete weekly tutorials/seminars and make sure you attend all those 9am starts, but it’s really important. Going into fourth year I know now how important it is to make a motivated and strong start to a university year, summer term isn’t that far away! If you start as you mean to go along, the work will be so much easier and you’ll get it done a lot faster than if you leave it all to the last minute. Also, make use of your tutor’s and lecturer’s office hours, they’re there to help and if you understand it now it’ll make revision in a few months a lot easier and definitely reduce stress and panic levels. However, with the inevitable work that comes with University life, it’s essential you do fun things on a evening/weekend and there’s so much to do here, you’ll never be left with nothing to do!

Joining a society is really important at University, it doesn’t matter what you do just that you’re out doing something. The friends you make at societies will be some of the best friends you make at university! If your studies are hard and you’ve got a lot to do, it makes the day so much better if you know there’s something at the end of it that you really enjoy, can escape from any stress you’re feeling and just have a really good time. Often being part of a team or club improves your studies as you feel much happier and are able to balance your work and social life.

Being an accounting and finance student, I spend a fair amount of time in the management school. I find it a great space to work as, not only is there likely to be someone around who can help with any tricky questions, there are many different spaces to work which offer different things. There is the open space when you enter from the spine, with larger tables offering a great area for group work, then in the centre there are desks where’s there’s room a few people who can work together, giving a nice relaxed feel whilst studying. There is also the hub, which is great as you can have a chat with friends whilst enjoying a nice coffee!

I really love it here at Lancaster University, I enjoy my course and I also really like all the extra things the university has to offer. I’ll be updating my blog regularly so please check back to here about how my year is going, any challenges I face and how I overcome them and hopefully a lot of good things happening too!

Thanks for reading, Jenni.