The downside is that your 2nd year is when your course really starts to pick up, to prepare you for your final year ahead. Many courses will want you to start thinking about your final projects, ensuring that you finish your degree strong. Although you do have one leg in the door already, here are a few tips of helping you navigate your second year of university successfully.
1. Start the Move-in Process Ahead of Time
One of the first things you can do to prepare for the new term, is getting ready to move into your new accommodation. Many students will start out in halls in their first year, and move into shared or solo living for their 2nd and 3rd years. Why not get started early by changing your address for your various subscriptions and accounts. And if you are moving into shared accommodation, you can get the bills set up and out of the way, so that everything is ready when you move in. You can also start thinking of what you are going to pack, and what things you forgot last year. This way, you will feel much more relaxed the closer you get to your move in date!
2. Get Yourself Organised at The Start of the Year
For many students there is a lot less pressure in your first year of University. But for your second, managing the workload is a must. It’s crucial that you stay organised with your assignments, deadlines, and any important dates as they begin to build up over time. By writing everything down from the start of the year, you will find yourself less stressed as you go along, and will have more brain space for the actual work you need to do.
3. Look into Job/Internship Opportunities Sooner, Rather Than Later
The second year is really the best time to start networking and looking for future opportunities. By starting this process early, you are likely to be in a stronger position when you finish your degree. Start by building your CV and portfolio, and contact companies that you would be interested in working for. The more people you meet, the more likely you are to find new opportunities throughout your course and even be offered an internship towards at end of your degree. If you are stuck and don’t know where to start, get in touch with the career advisors at your University.
4. Spend Time Researching Societies Before the Year Begins
Although some students may have already joined a society, many are still waiting to find a good fit in their second year. In order to make the most out of these next two years, start researching societies ahead of time, and join the open events from the start of the academic year. This way, you will be able to make a decision fairly quickly.
Why Choose Unihousing Student Accommodation?
With so many other things to worry about in your second year, your accommodation should not be one of them! Unihousing is a student accommodation provider near the University of Birmingham, operating since 1984. All of our accommodation in Selly Oak is owned by us, so we can respond quickly to any requests using our qualified team of tradesmen. Our property office is located on Bristol Road, only a short walk away from all of our accommodation. This means we can deal directly with our tenants.
Unhousing was selected as the Number 1 Student Letting Agent in Birmingham by the UK's biggest fresher community, Unifresher.