I used to get annoyed at all those people saying how my three years at uni would fly by. And then somehow, what feels like a day after I went in for my first lecture, I am done with my undergraduate degree. And frankly, I have no clue where the past three years went! I am now going to graduate in November with a First Class degree with Honours in TV & New Broadcasting Media with English Literature (BA) . Before I put on my funny hat and take a picture with my gown, I'd like to walk you down the past three years, just to give you an idea of what you can/should do at every stage.
First year was the time when I made a ton of new friends and explored Kingston as well as London. I took that year to teach myself the proper format for my essays and I established a steady pace of reading, which was particularly useful in my third year. Take your time and join as many clubs and societies as you can as not only will you get to know more people that way but these will also be great conversation starters at interviews. Don't forget that you need to start looking for a job as well! I personally got a job in March of my first year.
Second year gets ever so slightly more serious. That is partly because the grades you get count towards your overall achievement. Time to learn how to juggle a job with your studies as well! I remember thinking how all that free time I had in first year had disappeared all of a sudden. You might find that you won't be as close to some of the people you were friends with in first year but that's okay. I remember feeling like I knew where my place was at this stage.
Third year.. well, I found third year quite stressful. I was working almost full time AND balancing my university work. There have been quite a few days when I felt that all my effort was not worth it and that I wouldn't be able to get a first anyway. Looking back now, I know that the feeling you get when you see you've achieved a First is unlike anything else. Third year is also the time when you figure out what career path you'd like to take. Don't worry too much about it though, things have their way of working out. Take a break, take your time to think carefully what you want to do next and then start applying for those (graduate) jobs!
P.S. One piece of advice that you should go by all three years: Travel as much as you can!
My excitement is turning into a fear. A fear of a new challenge, losing friends, struggling to find a graduate job, not being able to afford my expenses and lots more... I have always been looking forward to start my final year and now that it is only few days away I am not sure whether I am ready to carry on with my studies. I guess I can blame my year long placement for losing my concentration and interest in my studies.
I have recently completed my placement which I found really useful however I am struggling to get back into study mode after a long break. I have been in touch with my friends who graduated last year and most of them are still unemployed. Their hardship stories are giving me more stress as the job market is very competitive nowadays and I don't want to be in the same situation. Would the placement be enough for me to get a graduate job? Would I be able to get a first class degree? If yes, would it get me a job? There are so many questions going through my mind which I didn't think of before starting my final year.
I have always been thinking to finish Uni as soon as I can but getting through your final year isn't the end. The real challenge will start once I have successfully graduated. I am hoping to find a graduate scheme which will allow me to secure a job after I have graduated. At the moment I am enjoying myself and going out every day like there is no tomorrow!!!
Hola beautiful people!
After the whirlwind that is final year (where did the time go?!) I finally have some time to write about what's going on! Since finishing exams in May and receiving my results, I've been busy preparing for what's next. I got into my BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) school of choice (UWE Bristol!). Apart from actually being accepted, in order to be admitted onto the course I had to satisfy all the other requirements: I joined an Inn of Court (Lincoln's Inn to be exact), passed the BCAT (Bar Course Aptitude Test) and now I am applying for my Visa. I am so excited, yet very nervous. I also secured a mini pupillage for the summer at Baycourt Chambers back home in the Bahamas, and so far it has been amazing. I'm drafting legal documents, attending court, learning about different areas of law, and other gaining experiences that I'll be learning about once I commence the BPTC.
It feels nice to be able to relax, enjoy time with my family and let my inner fat girl loose with all this GOOD FOODDDDD!! If you're ever in The Bahamas (THE GREATEST GROUP OF ISLANDS EVER) I'd recommend going to Arawak Cay for some traditional, lick-the-plate-because-it-is-that-good Bahamian food, and stay over at Atlantis in Paradise Island. Every time I come home I go over Atlantis and "play tourist"; I go to the water park which is so much fun. There's of course opportunities to go snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, or you can lounge about and tan on gorgeous beaches such as Cabbage Beach. You can stay in Nassau to enjoy a lot of the nightlife, or hop over to the other islands, or Family Islands as we call them, if you like a little more peace and quiet.
If you're travelling via cruise ship, besides good ol' Bahamian food there's Senor Frogs which serves Mexican food and also has great party spot in the evenings, and next to it is Dali which serves Spanish Tapas. It would also be worth it to stop at the Straw Market to pick up souvenirs for yourself and those that couldn't make the trip.
But of course what really is summer break (this will be my last one!) without a VACATION! Now I live in Paradise, but I took a trip to Bermuda during their cup match holiday, which consists of a two-day cricket match between the East and West side of the island. During the second day of the game, it was so much fun seeing people cheering and blowing horns, but I did not expect to see a gentleman use a conch shell for a horn! Besides the cricket match there's soca and reggae parties, BBQs, non-mariners and other fun events going on and I had the time of my life! If you are ever in Bermuda, definitely try a fish sandwich from Art Mel's, it is so good and huge! Unless you're a football player, you probably won't finish it in one sitting. I would also recommend trying their traditional breakfast of codfish and potatoes (I'm drooling just thinking of it now).
If you have any more questions on things to do/eat in the Bahamas please don't hesitate to ask!
I can't wait to update you all on the BPTC once it starts for all you future Barristers out there! Ciao for now!
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