Earlier this year I wrote a goodbye letter to my second year of university but now, a few months and a global pandemic later, the fears of final year are taking hold.
I now have the looming thoughts of final grades, full time jobs and further study. I know I want to do a Masters but I can never decide on what to study. Should I continue straight onto a Masters? Or should I take a break and get some professional experience?
Speaking of professional experience…will anyone employ me? Should I be doing more now to improve my CV? Should I be volunteering on top of my placement hours, getting mentored, doing more research?
These things all depend on good grades…I’ve done well so far but who knows how I’ll do in third year? How can I possibly manage a dissertation?!
The point of this post is not to actually force you to answer my questions, don’t worry! This is just me showing you that we all get scared. We all feel unsure. But a degree is such a fleeting experience and your university experience is over before you know it. So let’s step back, breathe and enjoy it together. We’ll be okay.
As my third and final year of university as an undergraduate draws closer, I’m wondering how different it will be to second year. You might also be wondering what modules are available to you in your final year of a biological sciences degree. As I’m doing a Genetics BSc, I have four compulsory modules: Applications of Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Ecological Genetics, and Dissertation – Genetics. This leaves me with one optional module. Optional modules for Genetics and other biological sciences degrees for third-year include:
- SCI3309 Biodiversity and Conservation
- SCI3310 Tropical Ecology
- SCI3312 Environmental Change
- SCI3314 Current Issues in Biology
- SCI3316 Pathology
- SCI3318 Invertebrate Ecology
- SCI3321 Pharmacology
- SCI3324 Epidemiology
- SCI3325 Ecological Interactions
- SCI3326 Conservation Issues
- SCI3329 Field Botany
- SCI3322 Laboratory Masterclass
- SCI3017 Nerves, Brain and Behaviour
Some of these modules are available in second-year, and some are even mandatory, such as Laboratory Masterclass being a compulsory module for second-year geneticists. Some of my compulsory genetics modules can also be taken as optional modules for other biological sciences degrees. More information can be found here!
Entering third year can be a daunting or scary prospect, it’s weighted heavier than second year (60:40) and in some cases holds the compulsory dissertation module. If you’ve been away for a year for whatever reason, be it for personal or educational reasons, going into a new year group may also be quite nerve-wracking. I was away last year on a sandwich placement and am nervous myself about entering classes potentially knowing no-one there. But if we could do it in first-year, we can do it again! There may be a bit of added pressure this year but it’s essentially the same, classes and studying, maybe less partying, and a more long-term project in the form of a dissertation.
The future is a vast and uncharted ocean, but it seems looks like smooth sailing ahead… Godspeed!
OMG GUYS IT’S MY FINAL SEMESTER… let’s not panic.
I can’t actually believe I’ve made it here, like seriously. University is such a rollercoaster of emotions and I’d be lying if I didn’t say there has been days when I just wanted to walk away… BUT, I’m so so so so so SO happy I stayed. EHU has definitely been one of (if not the) best decision of my life. Obviously, you’ll think I’m biased towards this uni because I go here, but seriously I don’t know any other uni that provides as much support and care for it’s students as EHU. EHU has reassured me that I can do it, every time I wanted to give up and I’m so glad they did.
EHU has a range of supportive areas. Everything from personal tutors who are willing to drop their massive work load at the drop of a hat, to financial and special learning requirements support. Staff are willing to help in any way they can, whether the problem is big or small… so never feel you can’t go to them for help. Staff are friendly and very approachable and I’m sure you’ll love them just as much as me.
When you arrive in September you’ll know exactly what I mean…
Until next time…