How to prep for your third year of university

All courses handle dissertations/final projects slightly differently, but it’s really important to start thinking about it as early as possible. For example, if you need to collect data, you might even need to date that data during the summer, so be aware of this. If your project is more of a literature review, you can still start collecting references and doing research. At the very least, you can think about what exactly you want your dissertation to be about. Here’s our advice on how to prep for third year of university:

Get experience

Seriously, now is the perfect time to do that summer internship or work experience you kept meaning to do in 1st and 2nd year. If you don’t do it this summer, yes you’ll graduate with your degree but with fewer job prospects immediately open to you, and end up finding you have to get more experience then, anyway. Think volunteering, internships and experience in the field you want to work in. It can be frustrating to spend your summer doing unpaid work, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

Think about the future

I know, that sentence just made your stomach drop. We all want to put it off. It’s scary to think that in a year university will be over – you’ll be out in the big scary world. But if you think about it, rather than putting it off, it’ll be easier! It’s unlikely you’ll have a five-year plan or anything concrete, but at least start to think about what you want to do post-graduation.

Take time to rest

As well as doing some work towards your future, it’s really important to take some time to rest; the third year is a tough year and mentally taxing, so make sure you don’t spend the entire summer working yourself into the ground. Catch up with old friends, go on some nice days out, do some travelling – however big or small you want to take it, just make sure you let yourself rest this summer so you’re ready for the work to begin again.

Get organised

This year you might need more than a single pen that you stole off your mate and a tatty notebook. Prep for third year by learning to organise your time and work properly. Buy things like wall planners or a calendar, and a diary is useful too. Make sure you have everything you need and look up tips on organisation and time management, it’ll be really helpful during your third year with big deadlines!

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