First year almost done and dusted? Paige Voss shares her top tips for second year

Second year is even more exciting than the first (more intense too). It brings with it lots of exciting opportunities and challenges. This year will bring you loads of tasks and late nights, but it’s all very worth it.

I remember waltzing into second year thinking it was going to be a repeat of first year. It wasn’t. I quickly found myself with double the work and double the content. I also found that ‘Winging it’, wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Second year is when things start to become a little more real. The expectations are higher, the word count is higher and ultimately, your stress levels, are also higher. 

But, don’t worry, there are plenty of people there to help!

I’ve put together some tips to guide you through your preparation for second year and save yourself from the O-week rush!

Read your course handbook

You might THINK you know what subjects you have to do, and what your course entails. But it might be a good idea to check ahead, subject details and requirements change all the time, so make sure you are aware of these changes.

Get some real-world experience

Internships, work experience and part-time work are all a great way to get ahead of the game. Work in an area related to your chosen field can give you a competitive edge when you are applying for graduate positions in a couple of years. It can also help boost your motivation for study!

Big-up your degree

Have you considered adding a concurrent diploma in language to your degree? It only involves 8 extra subjects and you walk away with the equivalent of an extra major (plus you’ll gain a language).

Thinking of taking an alternative route, or trying something new? You can turn your Law degree into an Arts/Law degree, commerce into Commerce/ International Relations degree, there are so many more to choose from! Check out the university handbook for more options to extend your future.

Re-evaluate your study skills

Personal reflections are the key. Take some time to sit back and think about your study habits in 2020. What worked well, and what didn’t? Identifying your weaknesses is a great way to start your second year with some new habits.

Ask questions

If you’re unsure about what electives to choose, or what opportunities can come from them, make an appointment with your course coordinator. Here, you can talk about the career opportunities and what employers are looking for in your particular area- trust me, they know what they’re talking about!

Second year is really exciting, it brings with it lots of new and exciting activities that can lead to a whole rang new opportunities – let’s do this!

Missed the Second Year Expo? Catch up online

If you’re heading into Second Year soon, don’t miss this expo designed especially for you! It’s all available online:

That’s what SHE said blog: Missed the 2nd Year Transition Expo? We’ve got you covered. – MyLaTrobe

The ‘That’s what SHE said’ blog is written by SHE College student Mel. As an intern for the college of SHE and a Peer Learning Advisor, Mel is passionate about sharing ideas and highlighting the services available to you in order to make Uni life just a little easier.