Trying to cope with everything second year has to offer

Hello again everyone!

This week has been stressful to say the least. All of the deadlines are slowly creeping up, and in order to prepare I’ve been looking at the structures of my upcoming assessments, and let me tell you… they scare me.

I’ve been trying to balance the 4 modules that I currently take, being part of the BioSoc committee, trying to make time for myself, my relationship and my friends and I’m not going to lie, some weeks I don’t get the time to finish everything I wanted to.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the prioritisation system that I’ve worked out for myself has helped greatly in terms of getting through the content for each of my modules, but I’ve been trying to make time for my personal life as well without burning out. I’m not entirely sure if I’ve been successful yet, but I will keep you updated in the coming weeks 😂.

Aside from me trying to keep up with all of my work and personal life, the experiences that I’ve had the last couple of weeks have been amazing. Alongside the rest of the Biosoc committee, I’ve successfully launched an educational event named “Thinking Futures Thursday”, where we get bioscience lecturers and alumni of the University of Surrey in to talk about their chosen career paths and what it took for them to get to the point they’re at right now in their careers. We’ve only had one event thus far, but I am hopeful and really excited to see what this event holds for the students of the Biosciences. It’s been really rewarding to see all of the BioSoc committees hard work pay off and it makes going through all the stress of organising the events that much more worth it.

In terms of what the University has been doing to lower students’ stress, many of my lecturers have been hosting tutorials and workshops to help us prepare for the essays we have to write and to solidify the content that we’ve had to learn over the past couple of weeks. It’s been really nice to know that our lecturers are willing to help us and that they understand that the current times we’re in can be challenging for many. The University has also launched this new platform with Unitu, where we as students can post about any feedback, concerns and ideas we might have regarding both our degrees and the University in general. It’s been a great way to actively see all of our concerns being taken care of by faculty and University staff and from what I’ve heard from my peers, it’s been really good to see our concerns actively being addressed.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that although I’ve been feeling stressed about the amount of work I have, the University and faculty of the Biosciences have really been great in terms of trying to help us get through and succeed during these times. I don’t feel like I’m going through this alone, and that in itself has really help to lower my stress levels in general.

I hope you’re all staying safe and stress-free!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and that’s all from me this week!