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So, I’m going into my second year at university studying English Literature and I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to make the most of this important time – especially what with the impact that Covid-19 has inevitably had.
First of all, I’m really thrilled with the modules that I’m taking this year, which consist of 4 modules from the English Department and one from the Film and Television Department:
- Literature in Theory: This new module is compulsory for all Second-Year students. It covers 7 set texts and one set film, building on the theoretical knowledge we acquired from First Year. I actually enjoyed the new challenge of delving into the theory behind literature last year, so I’m intrigued to learn more this year!
- 20th-Century U.S. Literature: It’s pretty much what it says on the tin. I’ve already started my reading for this module, with Will Cather’s My Antonia, and now John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer. I’ve picked up on a lot of themes already and there’s a clear commentary on the popular concept of “The American Dream”.
- English Literature and Feminism 1790-1899: I’ve always been a fan of feminist literature; there always seems to be much more going on socially and politically in the text than meets the eye. I get to read classics such as Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
- Small Press Publishing – History, Theory, Practice: This module serves as a really interesting introduction to small press publishing, both in print and digital. I thought this would be a useful thing to learn in order to help me decide on my future career. I’m still not set on what I would like to do, so I thought that learning about the foundations of publishing would be so interesting and beneficial in the long term for me.
- Film Analysis and Methods: I’m incredibly excited for this module! I get to watch a bunch of films and learn the foundations of analysing movies. The content for the term looks riveting and I’m looking forward to learning all about the technicalities of film analysis.
When looking forward to the year holistically, I’ve been thinking about the goals I should set for myself to frame my progress:
- STAY ON TOP OF COURSE WORK: Last year, I was pretty lax with all the reading I had to do, often using Sparknotes to help me with abridged versions of texts when I hadn’t managed to finish the novel. This year, I really would like to be on the ball with everything, and make sure I’m getting the most out of the course! This includes reading set texts, extra material and writing essays.
- MAKE AN EFFORT TO SOCIALISE RESPONSIBLY: With the government’s new rule of a maximum of 6 people gathering in a social situation, it will definitely require more effort to meet up with friends and make new ones. So, I want to make sure that I allow myself to expand my social circle whilst being responsible and considerate of everyone around me.
- ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO MY FUTURE CAREER: I’m already taking the Small Publishing module which will give me a valuable insight into publishing, however, I’d like to explore a range of possible avenues, try to network and start seriously thinking about what career I’d like to follow! I’d like to undertake some work experience too.
- FIND PART-TIME WORK: As a thrifty student on a tight budget, I’d like to be able to have an income to give me some financial breathing space. I haven’t had a job for a little over a year, but I’d like to get back into it!
- TRY SOMETHING NEW: I’m turning 20 this year – leaving my teenage years makes me want to be more adventurous and inquisitive. There’s plenty of things out there that I haven’t experienced, and since time waits for no one, I ought to really go for it!
- EAT FRESH & HEALTHY: In First Year, like most, my diet was really awful, consisting of instant noodles and the odd piece of fruit. Since the beginning of 2020, I’ve really been trying to eat well, adopting a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, so it’s important to me that I carry this on through my second year at university!
- WORKOUT REGULARLY: I’ve recently got into Chloe Ting’s workout videos on Youtube – they help me get toned a lot more easily than any other exercise routine I’ve tried. I also love yoga! This year I want to blend the two and maintain my body weight without it fluctuating as much as it has before.
- READ FOR PLEASURE MORE: I find it particularly difficult to make time for my own personal reading these days because there’s always so much I seem to have to do. However, this year I’d like to change that as much as possible and really make an effort to find time for it!
Overall, I have a lot of high hopes for this year; I’m trying to be a lot more responsible and equally connected to the different areas of my life and I know I’ll try my best to commit to my goals throughout the year. Of course, there’s no doubt that things will come up and change at some point, but I’ll just have to be flexible and persevere!
Do you have any goals for the next academic year? How are you going to adapt your life to cope with Covid-19?
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