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And I don't just mean the volume of work. Answers on a cyber postcard
but also much more interesting as you can start to move on to the areas your interests lie rather than theories and broad interests which just waste the first year away really
and also your grades start to count towards your actual degree - and also your ace new mates you decided to move in with the year before suddenly become Justin Lee Collins
that's why the first year doesn't usually count towards your final grade.
Often not everyone would have any prior knowledge in a chosen subject so the basics are gone over so that everyone starts on an equal footing to learn the degree level stuff.
For instance I did A level Psychology but a lot didn't. So they learnt the basics while I did a different module so I wouldn't be bored.
and whether or not you actually like your degree
3rd year is the best as yr totally in control and happy and also slightly bored of student life and want to have some money just to stop having to live off Pasta and tinned tomatoes and smoking Royals Lights. Well that was me in 1998 anyway
my third year! I didn't attend any lectures! And I worked in a thatre full time. No wonder I got a shit degree...
you want to stop feeling horrendously guilty like I do right now after spending Â£18 on records.
which means I have another 2 and a half years smoking tabs and drinking heavy. A year of which is in Spain. I feel as lucky as those naughty kids who get sent to Spain for bad behaviour
the only advice Id give you is to not do a higher degree after the normal one - I did that and wasted a lot of money for a rubbish Masters - and hated everyone on the course for being shapeless and crass to the extreme
can't remember my first year. The second year was rubbish. 3rd year is dominated by a dissertation on the music media's representation of drugs and drug abuse, highlighted through the use of four different case studies and interviews. BAAAH!!
NEVER do a media degree, it's shit and useless.
now (third year) its actually pretty difficult and requires real thought
But you can make it as difficult/rewarding as you want by reading around what's being covered.
if it doesn't, they're probably not doing their jobs properly...
mine didn't get more difficult at the start of 2nd year, but has just gotten much more challenging now that we've started the 2nd semester. better late than never, eh?
Mine only really started getting challenging in the third year, at least I got to pick what I wanted to do so I don't mind doing the extra work as it's on topics I enjoy.
it does get a lot harder, I'm afraid. but you also get a lot more settled with your friends and living in proper houses and going out a bit less, so it's nice.
Second year sucks. I hope it doesn't keep up this learning curve til year seven...
No one told Oxford apparently
as someone said already it makes you realise whether you like your degree or not. I realised I didn't and then dropped out :/