2017 is going to be a big year for me, and while I’m anxious about what is coming up, I am determined to see it through.
I’ve started off the year with a good mark for an essay I submitted last semester, although my inner perfectionist was gutted at not getting a 1st, especially as it was on a topic near and dear to my heart. Now I have to work on another essay due at the end of January, while continually working on my dissertation, and studying this semester’s work. Then I have at least 2 more essays due by the end of the year, and an exam, and then hopefully I will be a-ok to graduate with a decent grade. Fingers crossed!
My plans are also to go onto the MSc Health Psychology course offered here at Staffs, and I am getting major flashbacks to when I was still in Sixth Form, worried I was not good enough to go to university. Personal statements, educational and work experience, and academic references. It is all flooding back, although being on the other side of it, I now know that I can do it. And I will! My application will be going off soon, and hopefully I will be able to convince the university enough to keep me on for another year.
I think most 3rd years go through this kind of thinking. As the course seems to be winding down, everything seems to speed up, and you have a million and one things that you need to be doing at all times if you are ever going to get anywhere in life. I also imagine a lot of other people in my position are starting to realise that, as their time at uni is coming to an end, the ‘real world’ begins to loom over us, beckoning us to come forward whilst at the same time being utterly terrifying. However, I try to remain mindful of the present and immediate future, so that I avoid getting caught up in another existential crisis.
While it seems all very stressful (because it is!), I do have a lot to look forward to. My Birthday, which coincides with a friend’s Wedding and Reception in April. My graduation ceremony in July. Starting a new course and furthering my career in September. While 2016 was a year that many people saw as global disaster, I am determined to make 2017 a year of personal success and happiness. I hope you can do the same for yourself too!