The final week of term and the year! As stressful as this week has been, soon I will be basking in the freedom that is four months of no assignments, essays or late nights in the editing labs.
It’s the final stretch of what was a fantastic second semester, and an ever better first year. I've learned more than I anticipated this year, in and out of the classroom. This year, I’ve matured as a student and as a person. The differences between who I was last year and who I am now are stark.
Now, what to do for the summer? Carefree days in the sun with nothing to do but kick back and relax?
As tempting and alluring as that sounds, I will have a summer job instead. A summer job is almost a ritual amongst university students. In the past few weeks the talk among my friends has been all about interviews and dressing to impress; or where we’d like to work and who has offered us jobs or rejected us.
But seriously, working for four months uninterrupted is going to rake in some serious cash! Most students work over the summer to pay for school, or to make some extra money. Some students take up summer work because it’s part of their program requirements.
For now, my summer job is to save for a possible exchange I’ll be taking in Europe during my third year. That trip is going to cost BIG money, so this summer I’m going to be a slave to my job to save up enough!
All in all, first year was a success. There were a few bumps and roadblocks here and there, but I overcame them and learned from the experience.
To my readers going into their first year this fall: enjoy the ride! Be open to learning about everything and anything, and making new friends.
To my readers not going into university yet: It sounds and looks scary from the outside, but the rewards and skills you will gain (plus all the fun you’re going to have) will be immeasurable against anything else. Remember to go into a program that you love!