Can I piss around in 2nd year like a 1st year would?

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Going into 2nd year of uni after having a horrible first year experience. No classes, no socialising etc now that classes are back I'm really exited to meet new people and go to clubs/party etc but my question is will I have the same level of freedom that I did in 1st year or even slightly close to it? I'm trying to treat this year as the first proper uni experience in my head but I'm assuming some aspects like work ethic and attention need to be upped but hopefully I'm wrong
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Going into 2nd year of uni after having a horrible first year experience. No classes, no socialising etc now that classes are back I'm really exited to meet new people and go to clubs/party etc but my question is will I have the same level of freedom that I did in 1st year or even slightly close to it? I'm trying to treat this year as the first proper uni experience in my head but I'm assuming some aspects like work ethic and attention need to be upped but hopefully I'm wrong
Usually your first year marks don't count towards your degree classification, but from Year 2 onwards they do, so you need to keep that in mind. Your workload may also increase slightly.
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Second year marks tend to count towards your final degree classification - unlike first year marks. So no, you cannot treat 2nd year like 1st year. The workload will increase and your marks actually matter now.
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Depends entirely on your degree, university and ability tbh
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Outside thought, but depending on your course you might now have problems of the new vocational students coming in at a significantly higher level than you.

Happened at mine, start of 2nd BSc year you had all the HNC students join who have been under constant assessment and possible failure for their '1st year' and across the board pretty much wiped the floor with the Unis 'own' students, to the point where several meetings were held about how embarrassing it was and how some of the lazier 1st years now felt isolated.
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Going into 2nd year of uni after having a horrible first year experience. No classes, no socialising etc now that classes are back I'm really exited to meet new people and go to clubs/party etc but my question is will I have the same level of freedom that I did in 1st year or even slightly close to it? I'm trying to treat this year as the first proper uni experience in my head but I'm assuming some aspects like work ethic and attention need to be upped but hopefully I'm wrong
Hi Anonymous,

Depending on your degree, your second year might count towards your final degree mark. I would keep this in the back of your mind, but that doesn't mean you can enjoy yourself and have a proper social life. It's always a good idea to work hard, especially if you're applying to do an internship as part of a sandwich degree as they like to see that candidates have been working hard. The jump from first to second year can be quite difficult at first, but it's something that you can adjust to within the first month back for sure. The workload tends to be higher because of this, so bear that in mind too.

However, if you're really disciplined with your time, I don't see why you can't have a proper uni experience and work hard at the same time. Maybe try scheduling when you do uni work. If you start assignments early and work consistently on them for shorter periods of time up until the deadline, in theory you should still have time to have the 'uni experience' that you want. That being said, it's so much easier to do the uni work if your attendance is high. I personally wouldn't risk skipping lectures and seminars because when it comes to doing coursework and revision it will take you longer to properly understand the material.

So basically what I'm saying is that yes, second year is harder and more work, BUT if you plan your time well and are disciplined with it then you can still have an active social life and have a lot of fun too.

Lucy
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