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I'm a Third Year (Why Does Time Go So Fast?)

So the other day I re-enrolled on my course, picked all my modules (all three of them), and checked out my potential new timetable. Then it hit me: it was the last time I would ever do any of that. I'm a third year now, and my life, which has mostly been dictated by university over the past two years, is going to change again after I finish in April. In a lot of ways, this is quite difficult to come to terms with, because I feel like I finally found my feet in second year, and I'm not sure if I'm ready to move on yet.

I can remember standing outside the creative writing room  we're such a small department that we have a room, not a building or even a floor  waiting for the third years to finish so we could go in for our Writing Media class (my favourite that year). Now, I'm actually going to be one of them, striding off all purposefully, or more likely shuffling to Starbucks with my friend Holly so we can get our caffeine fix before we attempt to expand on the pieces we've started in our workshops. I'm fully aware that before I know it, I'll be done, I'll have a degree, and then I'll be going out into the real world to find myself a job. It's terrifying.

As fast as all of that will come round, there are still all the months in between, during which I'll need to put in a lot of work to make sure that I get the results I want. So, naturally, I made a list.

Plans For Third Year:

1. To experiment more, and not be so afraid of putting things down on paper/on the screen in a less than perfect way. They can be edited later.

2. Write the best damn dissertation I possibly can, and count myself lucky that I get so much freedom. In what other subject can you write your own autobiography, or the opening chapters of a novel?

3. Co-edit another anthology filled with amazing student-penned writing.

4. Write every day. I've talked about this before, and although it's not realistic for me to write paragraphs and paragraphs of my projects each and every day without fail, I can still write plans. And lists. And blog posts. Basically, I want every day to be productive, with the odd rest day thrown in so I don't burn out.

5. Have fun. I almost feel like I'm experiencing uni life in reverse. My first year was shit, basically, things picked up a lot in my second, and this year I plan to enjoy student life as much as possible. This does not mean I'll be out getting smashed every night; I just want to be more sociable.

These all seem like reasonable goals to me, so we'll have to see what third year life brings. I'm predicting a lot of deadlines, a lot of library sessions, and a lot of coffee.

What are your plans for this year? And if you've been through the graduate/post-graduate stress, how did you cope? Let me know in the comments! 

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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