Be prepared

What to expect from your final year

There's just one more year left, you're almost there! The final year of university comes with a number of challenges, but the rewards are worth it.

Each year of university is filled with new experiences and expectations of what's to come, here's some of the things to expect from your final year. 

1. Feeling more prepared

You're on the final stretch of your degree, by now you may have even mastered the student lifestyle. You've already achieved so much, from working through that difficult deadline, to learning not only about your degree but also yourself and knowing Portsmouth like the back of your hand. 

2. Freshers Flu

That's right, it will be back. With re-visiting the excitement of Freshers events and Welcome Month, there's always the change of Freshers' Flu striking again. Remember to keep some painkillers in the house and drink plenty of water, but if it gets worse to make an appointment with the doctor. 

3. Final Year Project

With the final year of university comes either a final year project or dissertation; a showcase of everything you've learned during your degree. It can seem like a scary task, but it's the time to be able to focus on your passions. Remember to start early by talking to your tutor and using that guidance throughout the year. 

4. The library will become your second home

With all of the resources directly at hand, the library becomes a home away from home when you need to get some studying done. Try not to spend all night in there though, it's not healthy and will effect your motivation in the long run. 

5. Asking for help

There's no shame in asking for help. Whether it's a question about your assignment to your supervisor, or a good talk with your parents to clear your mind, ask for help - there's always someone to listen. 

6. Procrastination station

There's always the temptation to put work aside to clean the kitchen just one more time, or have a quick scroll through social media. Set aside time specifically to study, it doesn't have to be in the library or even a desk, but wherever you are comfortable, motivated and won't get distracted. 

7. Real friendships

Not all friendships will last all the way throughout university. You may find yourself spending more time with different people than first year, and that's normal. But some friendships will last a lifetime. 

8. People asking ‘what’s next?’

People are naturally curious and you'll probably find yourself answering questions about your plans after university. It's fine not to know the answer yet, especially with the range of options open to you. With graduate schemes, work, postgraduate study or even taking some time out to travel, there are plenty of opportunities to dive in to. 

9. Graduation

At the end of all of it is your graduation, the biggest celebration of all your hard work over the last few years. The sense of achievement and relief makes it all worth it. You'll be a graduate! Congratulations! 

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