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Never let your obstacles be bigger than your goals

Four days ago, I finally received my second year results and my overall grade is a 2:1, which I'm happy about. Last year, I wrote a review of my first year, and I like to do the same thing again for second year.

Academically, second year has been very difficult in comparison to first year and you can often find me ranting here. This year, I had eight half modules instead of four whole modules, and each half module felt like one whole module with so much things to learn and do. This was not good especially when catching up with lecture notes and revising for exams. Also, not to mention practicals were hard, most of the time I didn't know what I was doing and sometimes the experiment didn't end up right, which in turn meant writing lab reports was hard too. Despite the difficulty, I found all the courses except two really interesting. Although second year was difficult in comparison to first year, my results and performance actually improved, which meant the hard work paid off.

Socially, second year has been quite good in comparison to first year with developing a closer friendship with people. One key thing in second year was spending time with my boyfriend. Although we live quite far apart, we always make effort to see each other and do things special, some of which I have blogged about here. Another key thing in second year was living with a group of close university friends in a house and it was really nice and fun. It makes me really sad to think we're not living together next year, but I know we will still be close friends no matter what. Also, this year, I joined the community action team and did a lot of volunteering, which was good especially in meeting new people and improving skills.

Majority of the second year was spent worrying whether I would pass and/or whether I would get my choices for third year project. Looking back, it was stupid how I let my fear/stress override my mind, but at the same time I can't help to deny that this fear/stress motivated me to do well. It's important to have the right balance and the main message is to "never let your obstacles be bigger than your goals". I know third year will be even more difficult, but for now I'm going to enjoy summer as much as possible and avoid thinking about university for the next two months.

"The sun never stops shining, sometimes you just have to look beyond the clouds to see it"

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