It’s almost a wrap!
After a long, long third year, it’s that time of year when we can all take a few deep breaths and freshen up before exams! The third year for me was quite a roller coaster for many reasons! From having it all on campus to long theory sessions in the first semester and long lab days in the second. But in itself, everything prepared me for the year of honors – I hope!
The biggest takeaway in retrospect for me will be:-
- Be organized and stay on track when it comes to submissions (as if that hasn’t been said enough)
- Long notes are not the best strategy for all theory modules; instead, explore techniques such as the QandA sample format, to get used to long-answer format questions while learning the material!
- Third year sounds like a lot of work, and to some extent it is, but keep indulging in your hobbies and extracurricular activities to keep you refreshed!
- Save time for summer internship applications and interviews during your second block of the second semester – which is usually when it all hits you! Plan your work accordingly in advance!
- Find a PI (with whom you would like to do a specialty project) well in advance to ensure you pick a project you love and are passionate about. (Well, ahead of time, because the PI you might want to work with might not take more than two students, and you want to be one of them ASAP!) But that being the case said, don’t rush your decision either!
And as always, enjoy your time in year three (you can do it)! Also, Happy Easter in advance and good luck preparing for the exams!