I study mechanical engineering at Manchester University and I have just finished my first year, and anxiously waiting for my results. I'm worried that I may not have performed excellently in the exams.
From my school life I'm used to achieving the top grades, so the idea of getting a 2.i instead of a first is scary, despite the number of people saying that all you need is a 2.i to do well.
Is this true? How much more advantageous is it to get a 1st class honours in the first year over a 2.i, particularly when applying to summer internships which will take place after y2?