Thoughts on First Year University

I cannot believe that I have officially finished my first year of university. Time really does fly. It feels like only yesterday that I learnt that I was accepted into the University of Melbourne. To celebrate the end of my first year, I thought I would share with you all, how I found my first year of university to be.

Italian Boat Cruise
A group of us enjoying the Italian Boat Cruise at the beginning of the year.

Study

For those who have just finished their secondary school studies, you may be wondering what the workload is like at university. While each semester has a teaching period of only twelve weeks (plus an examination period afterwards), university is very fast-paced and at times, quite intense. I found myself struggling at the beginning of the year, but as time went on I quickly and naturally adjusted to the system.

Many of my friends agree that the most difficult aspect of first year university is the lack of “spoon-feeding” received, especially when contrasted to the high school system. At university, there is no one around to prompt you to finish your assignment, or to make you read the designated text. Instead, it is literally all up to you. While I initially found this notion daunting, I now appreciate the independence that I have gained in this past year, and feel that it has changed me for the better.

What I particularly loved about studying at university, was the subjects made available in my course. I especially enjoyed my second semester where I studied Modern and Contemporary Literature, Italian, Introduction to Media Writing and Making Movies. I really loved all of these subjects and the content that came with them.

Me
Enjoying the sunshine before my tutorial for Modern and Contemporary Literature.

Friends

So many of my family and friends repeatedly told me that you meet the best people at university. I can now say that it is true. You really do meet great people at university, especially when you are open to making new friendships and immersing yourself into the university culture. 

Italian Ball
Kate, Olympia and I enjoying the Italian Ball.

Campus 

One of the highlights of my year was spending my time studying in Parkville. I loved how accessible everything was from university, with Lygon Street being a short walk away! In addition to this, the actual university campus was incredible, and I found it to be a motivating force to consistently attend my lectures and tutorials.

Bridget and I
Bridget and I enjoying the Parkville campus.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, this year has been a difficult one for me. I lost someone very special to me. Yet by being at university, surrounded by such positive and supportive individuals, I can truly say that my first year university experience was a memorable one.

Chelsea Elizabeth xx

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