Of all the things bad about uni, finishing your first year is one of the worst. It’s the end of going out four nights a week, giving zero f*cks about attendance, and being content with getting the 40% pass mark. Yep, your officially an actual student with an actual academic purpose. But it’s not all bad, second year is actually better, and here is exactly why.
1. Living with people of your choice
No more avoiding the kitchen because you thought you heard your annoying flatmate in there, you will finally have zero small talk in the comfort of your own house. This might impact how much work you do, but you’ll be SO much happier.
2. Living in a house
Halls have a weird way of feeling like a hotel you have overstayed your welcome in. A house will make it much easier for you to settle and treat wherever you are as your home away from home.
3. Studying doesn’t feel like a waste of time
Whilst it counts towards your final degree and that is terrifying, it’s actually nice knowing that you’ve spent hours slaving over an essay for a reason.
4. No more FOMO
Freshers really has you feeling like you need to be at every social occasion possible- after all, it’s meant to be the best time in your life. The second year has more of a “been there, done that” feel, and you won’t feel so bad about turning down a night out in favour of Netflix and a pizza.
5. You’ve found your friends
Remember your first month at uni when you added every single person you met on Facebook? Yeah, that’s over. You’ve got your pals, and there’s no need for the same-old, same-old “where you from? What course do you do?” convo anymore.
6. No more halls nightmares
No cleaners vacuuming around at 8 am when you’re hanging, no false fire alarms at 5 am when you’ve just got into bed with a plate of cheesy chips, and no having to walk outside to pay £3 to wash your clothes. You’re an adult now.
7. Being poor is no longer a fear
It’s an accepted part of life. Using your overdraft is just standard behaviour at this point- but you might have a slightly better grasp on budgeting. Maybe.
8. You know how uni works
From how to act in the library, to what everybody wears to your lectures- you won’t feel like a lost puppy that everybody’s staring at all the time anymore. You know exactly how to blend in.
9. Lecturers are your friends
After a year, it becomes a lot easier to approach tutors and professors than it was. And because your work counts this year, you feel like they have a much bigger interest in how you’re doing.
10. You’re not a fresher anymore
Nobody to look down on you, and nobody to make you do stupid things at societies. Need we say more.