My University Experience So Far


Welcome back everyone!

I received the news yesterday that I have officially passed my second year studying BA English at City, University of London (Yayy)! Therefore, I thought what a more perfect time than now to write a post all about ‘My University Experience So Far’.

36772356_2164138657154551_5236870692212834304_nMy First Year:

I started uni after finishing a Journalism Diploma having not written proper academic essays for a couple of years. It’s safe to say I certainly struggled. The content was all there I just didn’t get my points across. I ended the year with a 2:2 (with the smallest margin off a 2:1 imaginable). This just left me with a new sense of determination to improve my grades over second year.

Whilst working hard with assignments and trying to up my grade I tried to get my foot back into my athletics. I found the University of London team to compete for. That meant, despite a significant lack of training I got back into the swing of things and competed at my first BUCS competition.

To be completely honest with all of you as well, I did struggle going from my Journalism course surrounded with my friends every day to a completely new environment and people. During first year I was singled out and targeted during my first year for matters beyond my control which did make my time during first year extremely difficult at times. By the end of the year though I soon learnt who my real friends were and the support I received from the university itself made me feel more secure and comfortable there.

Representing the University of London at BUCS


My Second Year:

It’s obvious to everyone who follows me on Twitter that my second year of university has been more enjoyable. I also ensured I worked extremely hard to raise my grades to finish the year with a 2:1. We had freedom in what modules we chose this year which allowed me to choose modules I was interested in. The compulsory modules for second year were: ‘Shakespeare: Authorship, Dramatic Texts and Audiences’, ’21st Century and English Digital Writing’ and ‘Creative Writing’ with my electives being ‘Contemporary Genre Fiction’, ‘Romanticism’, ‘Web Creation and Digital Storytelling’ and ‘Work Placement’.

The Web Creation one was my favourite, we had to create a blog all on a specific topic. I chose photography and I received a first in that module. My blog has been used by my tutor to showcase to prospective students. I hope one day I will be able to share it with all of you as well. My other favourite was definitely the Work Placement module where I completed a week’s work experience with Walker Books.

I worked hard this year and I was rewarded at the end with a 2:1 overall and with 2:1’s in every module. Except my Web Creation one where I got a 1st. Alongside all of this I was also lucky enough to represent University of London for a second time at BUCS. I finished in a higher position than I did the year previously. I even managed a very busy Christmas being one of Father Christmas’s official Elves!




Question Time:

Below are several questions from my followers which will help you gain a little more insight into my university experience. If you fancy it too, why not give them all a follow, they’re wonderful people, all of whom do a little blogging here and there too!


‘What have you struggled with most with life outside the course (social life, managing your time and money etc)?’
(@NerdsNatterings /
  • It’s easy to get carried away focusing all of your time on your university studies, equally so as it is to become focused upon external factors non-uni related. I’m normally pretty good at organising my time work wise. It’s getting started which I struggle with but what has been more difficult would be managing money and my social life. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty boring details but it’s often hard having a job at university and making sure you have time for assignments and seeing friends too. In hindsight, I am fortunate to have a couple days off uni a week at least so as long as I stay organised it’s pretty easy to manage. However, sometimes, it is important to make sacrifices as my assignments and degree do come first.


‘What’s your favourite thing about being a University student?’
(@SaharasDreams /
  • I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one favourite thing but learning all my different modules would definitely be one. There aren’t always modules I like the sound off but this year I loved doing certain modules and learning things which I otherwise wouldn’t have. I’ve also met some lovely people at university who I hope will remain friends for life. Representing University of London at BUCS will always be a highlight!


‘What would you like to do (career wise) once your studies are over?’
(@Kelle_S6 /
  • When I started university I was undecided on what I wanted to do after studying and I still am a little. I came to uni after studying a one year NCTJ Journalism Diploma, qualifying with a Gold Standard Qualification. This included 100 words a minute shorthand and several job offers. Coming from that course I knew I wanted to write more creatively and I think I have come to realise that I would love to be an author. Yes, this is a dream of many, but I would love to be an author writing specifically for children. However, after completing some work experience within the publishing industry, this is also another interest of mine once I finish university next year. Who knows what could happen?


‘What activities and societies do you do at university? Why did you choose that course? What modules are you doing next year?’
(@OddballContent /
  • My answer as to why I chose my course was covered slightly in my previous answer. I wanted to write more creatively from what I had been doing on my journalism course. Having studied English Language at A Level and preferring that to English Literature I found the course I chose covered both sides of English. It also has a lot of creative writing modules too. I’ve selected my modules for next year and you can find out the modules I chose in the sections above.
  • As for what activities and societies I do at university, that’s quite limited simply because the option is quite limited. However, despite my university not having an Athletics team, I am a member of the University of London Athletics Society / Team. This means I compete for UofL at competitions including BUCS.


‘What is the one thing you wish you’d known before you started uni?’
(@cherbelleblog /
  • Don’t get caught up worrying about other people’s marks. This is easier said than done and there will always be an element of competition in academic work but it’s important to remember what matters. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get the highest grade in the class, or your friend got a few % more than you. What matters is that you tried your best, worked hard and the grade you received reflects that and you’re proud. In my first year there was a lot of ‘I got this’, ‘Can’t believe I got this’ but in second year I learnt to ignore that. You should too.


‘Are there kickboxing or martial arts classes at your campus? How popular are they compared to other sports? If not, what is the reason for kickboxing not being in demand?’
(@HowToKickBox /
  • My university specifically only has teams for specific sports. However, like I do, you can join the Martial Arts team and classes through University of London’s Student Central. Those offered are for Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Karate and Shaolin Kung Fu. I’m unsure as to the popularity of the courses but like athletics I think a lack of athletes at my university is the reason for the lack of the team. In the second year my Uni joined the University of London meaning we could join their teams. This means a larger range of sports and teams to get involved with.


Does university live up to your expectations? Did it surprise you or disappoint you in any way? (@hannah_jl27 /
  • I think it’s fair to say I have had a very different university experience compared to other people. My year were the first year group to start the BA English program at my university. That meant that because it was relatively unknown my class has only ever had a maximum of 20 students in it. So, you can certainly say that that was a surprise, I’m not sure how I would have got on in a large lecture room with hundreds of students but it would have been nice to experience it, even once.


How much time do you actually spend in lectures / seminars? (@TWhayve /
  • With every module we take we have 10 hours of lecture time and 10 hours of seminar time per term. So, in a 10 week term we have a one hour lecture followed by a one hour seminar. Last year, we had four modules a term so it worked out that we had 8 hours lecture/seminar time a week. Obviously we had independent study outside of uni too. It’s pretty shocking that for £9,250 I’m only in so little…


What is the most valuable or most interesting information you’ve learned so far? (@FiveStepSarah1 /
  • Wow, I don’t think I can actually pin point just one thing which I have learnt so far. I will tell you what my favourite module is though. This year we had a ’21st Century and English Digital Writing’ module where we studied ‘Pride and Prejudice’. One of our assignments was to bring P&P into the modern day, so I designed Tinder profiles for all of the main characters in the story and had them match with others – it was a lot of fun and my tutor really liked it!



Thank you all for reading and I hope you have been able to relate a little if you’re a student too. Eek, I just realised, does this mean that I’m a third year student now? *Gulp* Mum, I’m not ready!

Hope you’re all enjoying the sun and guess what, ‘It’s Coming Home!’

(All photographs featured in this blog post are my own).

Make sure you check out the other posts in the series and in relation to university:

University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part One)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Two)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Three)
University: What I Wish I’d Known (Part Four)
Fresher’s Week, Friend or Foe?
University, 9 Years Ago; An Interview
University, 13 Years Ago; An Interview
University Alternative, MOOC; An Interview
University Saving Tips and Tricks, Part One
University Saving Tips and Tricks, Part Two
University Bookshelf Tour


  1. Great post, its really interesting to see how other people are doing at uni considering I’ve just finished my first year. Thank you for including us 🙂

    1. Thank you so much and thank you to you too for getting involved! 🙂 x

  2. I think I could do with spending less than two hours a day at uni. I’m kinda planning on going to university next year. This post made me realize that it’s possible to finish and pass with good marks. It’s just a matter of making time and saving money to go. ☺

    I think these questions and answers were all very informative especially for those of us who are planning/fantasizing about going.

    Would you write a post about a list misconceptions about campus life?

    1. Oh no way, what are you thinking of studying / where? It is indeed, hard work gets rewarded! Thanks so much glad you enjoyed, ooh that could be interesting!

      1. I’m not sure. If I knew what I wanted to study, I would have studied a long time ago.

        Looking forward to more posts from you 😊

        1. Fair enough, it’s easy to think you know until you get there too, I thought I wanted to journalism but after completing my course I knew it wasn’t for me and that’s okay. 🙂

  3. HEY !! loved your post!! hope u have an awesome time at your university . 😀

    1. Thank you lovely! 🙂

  4. The Tinder profile was a great idea! I definitely enjoyed reading this post! Out of curiosity, how did you enjoy being an elf?🙂

    1. Thank you! It was so much fun to do, didn’t even feel like I was doing an assignment! 😀 Haha, it was really fun! I was a street performer out the front of the shop as well as inside helping during the ‘Meet Father Christmas’ workshops with the children – it was so sweet seeing them all so excited for Christmas!

      1. Ah that sounds like so much fun!

  5. Nice post, thanks for sharing the experience.Good luck on your third year!

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  6. Word of wisdom from a former uni student: these are probably the best years of your life. Enjoy them to the fullest!

    1. Thank you! They certainly are, what did you study out of interest? x

      1. Translation 🙂

        1. Oh amazing! 😀

  7. Brilliant post and a huge congratulations x

    1. Thank you! 😀 x

  8. One year longer and you will officially graduate! How does that make you feel? For me it was a bit of an unreal ‘omg it’s happening’ thought! Straight away I jumped and went ahead with my Masters application 🙂 Love, Iga

    1. Terrified! Excited! Scared, haha, lots of mixed emotions it’s safe to say, it all seems to have happened in a blur! Oh amazing, are you still studying your Masters? If so, what are you studying? 🙂 Thanks for your comment x

  9. Well done on your achievements so far at Uni! Your post has been really helpful as someone who’s considering uni for next year 🙂

    Jo |

    1. Thank you! Ah that’s great to hear, what are you considering studying? 🙂

  10. I sort of fell out of love with university in my third year, but this post reminded me of all the little things about it that I like, and made me a little more excited for fourth year. Thank you! 🌸

    1. Oh that’s a shame to hear, how come, if you don’t mind me asking? Oooh fourth year? What did you study? Thank you for your comment! x

  11. Great post and well done on passing your second year. I hope you get on well in third year.

    I have fond memories of my time at University along with a little bit of stress!


    1. Thank you lovely, fingers crossed! Quite excited and scared at the same time to get started but very much enjoying the summer first as I know it’ll be hard!

  12. Lovely post! Really interesting and relatable! ☺ Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed!

  13. This was a great post, I’m sorry to hear you were singled put in your first year but I hope things are better for you now 😊 definitely true that you should not worry about other people’s grades! I used to look at people on my courses work and think woops haha. Good luck in third year! Xx

    1. It’s 10 x better now, thank you! Thank you so much lovely, quite excited and nervous for third year to start! 🙂 xx

  14. This is a lovely post! I’ve just finished my English degree and loved it but going on to do Journalism so kind of the other way around to you haha BUCS is such a good way to make friends and let off some steam

    1. No way!!! That’s crazy haha, are you doing a journalism qualification? Would be happy to give you any tips or support if you ever need it! X

  15. I won’t lie I’m super interested in university themed posts at the moment as I’m due to start my first year in a month and a half, it’s refreshing seeing an honest post about each of your years and it makes me feel a bit more in tune with what I might expect. Xx

    1. Oh amazing, it’s so nice to hear I can help! What are you going to be studying and where? xx

  16. Such a good post to read and share with others at uni right now. I graduated in 2013 and honestly don’t miss it!! Uni was not a fun experience for me!

    1. Thank you lovely, oh that’s such a shame! That’s how I felt in my first year but thankfully it’s better now x

  17. eviebraithwaite says:

    Loved this post, congrats with your 2:!! I’ve also just finished my second year at uni with a 2:1 studying English and Spanish! Your modules all sound so interesting – especially the Web Design one! I’m still undecided as to what career path to take after uni, but I’m also interested in the publishing industry, or something creative. Thanks for sharing! X

    Evie x |

    1. Thank you! Yayy, congratulations to you too, I was awful at languages at school so could never imagine what a degree would be like! I think most people are aren’t they, or they say they know what they want to do VERY confidently, the first dreaded question is masters or job! Eek! Thank you for your lovely comment! x

      1. eviebraithwaite says:

        Ah I know! So many of my friends at uni know exactly what they want to do. Kind of scary but just going to continue enjoying uni and hopefully we’ll discover what we want to do by the end of it! x

        1. Definitely agree! We’ll get there in the end! x

  18. Great post! I’m glad you’re enjoying university a little more now. Good luck on your 3rd year!

    1. Thank you so much! x

  19. Great Post, sounds like your doing great! I loved my time at university, I never knew what I wanted to do after uni! I’m still not 100% sure and I left 10 years ago haha! Good luck in the rest of your studies x

    1. Thank you so much, haha will we ever know what we want to do? I’ve certainly changed my mind an awful lot since when I was younger! Thank you for your lovely comment x

  20. Well done!! Great achievement x

    1. Thank you x

  21. Well done on passing your second year, that’s amazing! Wishing you all the luck in your 3rd year 🙂

    Samantha |

    1. Thanks so much lovely! 🙂 x

  22. candohannitude says:

    Loved reading this post and getting to know you! Also love your name!

    I’m so glad your second year got better for you! If you stick it out and work hard it pays off!

    Best of luck to your next year! It’s so worth it!

    1. Awh I’m glad, haha quite a few people have said that recently – thank you! 😀 xx

  23. Loved reading this post ☺️ I’m currently in my second year of university. I attend completely online, I have a chronic illness that stopped me from attending s campus based university. I’m working towards a BA in Health Sciences ☺️

    1. Thank you! Oh no way, I’ve quite a few friends who do it online for various reasons – you should be really proud as a lot of people would’ve given up! That’s amazing, what do you want to do afterwards?

      1. I’d like to be a medical lab technician, but it also depends on how my illness progresses ☺️

        1. That’s amazing, good luck! x

  24. Congratulations for passing second year! I.. never even made it there, I dropped out six months into first year and sometimes miss it (although I’m now studying with the Open University), but it sounds like your second year was so much fun.

    Cordelia ||

    1. Thank you! Ooh that’s exciting! What are you studying?

  25. Lena Dee says:

    This post really made me reminisce haha! I remember my uni days and all the fun I had in my first 2 years for sure. Yes, it was a lot of balancing and organizing time but I had some good memories. Be sure to enjoy it while it lasts and grab as many opportunities as you can. Best wishes for graduation hun! 😀

    xx Lena |

  26. Interesting dear…thanksfor sharing

    1. Thank you 🙂

  27. Congratulations in surviving other year in uni and actually enjoyed it. Kudos to u! As for me I’m really having a hard time adjusting to the college life (moved in a another city) but I’m pretty determined to get a good grade. Gud luck 🙌

    1. Sorry not ‘other’ but another.
      PS. I really want to graduate already😂

      1. Hahaha, how long have you got left? 😀

        1. Sadly, freshman 😂 4 years including this year 😩

          1. Oh wow, quite a way to go then haha! Well, enjoy it and make the most of it is all I’ll say! 😀

    2. Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Oh no that’s a shame to hear, hope you can start to enjoy it! 🙂

      1. I also hope too. It’s kinda hard especially socializing… Andddddd maybe also learning the way to malls and etc 😂. You’re welcome it’s np 🙌

  28. Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s really interesting reading about other peoples university experiences, because my course is part time so I haven’t necessarily had the full student experience. Good luck for next year!

    1. Thank you, ohh fair enough, what are you studying? 🙂 Do you still have class as such or is it online? x

      1. I’m studying educational practice, so I work full time as a nursery teacher and have one day out a week to go to lectures and tutorials at uni. It’s been a longer route, but I mainly did it to earn money and experience while I was studying.

        1. That must be so rewarding though at the same time! How far along in your course are you?

          1. It’s been very hard work, but I love it. I’ve done 3 years and I’ve got one more to go!! Working as a teacher actually made me realise I don’t think I want to persue it as a career in the UK right now. As soon as I finish, I’m taking time off to travel and then going into teaching somewhere else when I find the right place.

          2. Oh that’s amazing! You could’ve done university full time and gone into a teaching role but it’s nice you’ve realised before that perhaps it’s not what you want to right now! Travelling will be amazing, any destinations already planned? x

  29. Awesome post Imogen! I also studied English Lit at uni, quite a few years ago now! I like the sound of the Web Creation and Digital Storytelling module. You’ve done really well this year and now have the summer to enjoy! 😀 x

    1. Oh that’s so cool! My course is just called English but it combines Lang and Lit which suited me much better, Shakespeare is not my friend! 😉 Thank you, definitely enjoying the non-stressing over work life! 😀 X

  30. It’s really good to read that your second year improved after the first that seemed to be a little bit of a struggle! It’s also really great that you decided not to give up when you struggled in the first year, and I can definitely imagine that coming from journalism and into university is quite a change of environment. What do you like the most about studying at CITY? I considered going there this year! Thank you for sharing your experience! 🙂

    1. Thank you lovely, first year was tough but yes as you say second year has *thankfully* been a lot better! Feel weird that I’m so close to finishing now! Haha definitely, 27/4 in a newsroom to being back in a classroom is very strange to say the least but I’ve got used to it now. Oh no way, have you chosen to go elsewhere, if so where? I think to be honest, what drew me to it the most was the versatility of my course but also how central it is in London – it’s one of my favourite cities so have loved learning and exploring outside of uni too. 🙂

      1. Aw I can imagine! I just finished my third year of university and it felt quite weird standing at the start of it knowing it was going to be the last haha. But it will be great! (ignoring the stressy parts haha) I found that my third years was one of the best because I knew how everything worked and had my friends etc. Make the most of it while you can!
        I did choose to go elsewhere in the end, to st. Andrews. I was a little afraid that living in the city would be too busy for me but I’m still doubting my choice a little bit to be honest haha.

        1. Haha stressy parts sadly come with but I’m learning to cope with them better now too! Thank you lovely, I plan on doing that but that’s fab advice – wish I’d had that in first year. Oh noo, don’t say that! Congratulations on finishing third year, does this mean you’ve graduated or soon to be? I must admit, I steer clear of tubes whenever I can as they’re way too busy for me, feel like cattle! It’s quite nice having everything so close but when I go home (I live by the sea) it’s so peaceful and I wonder how I can every sleep in London haha! x

          1. I can imagine! Everything does get easier with time 🙂 Thank you and yes, I am officially graduating on the 17th of this month so very soon! Oh wow really? You live by the sea at home? That must have been such a change! Do you think you’d like to continue living in the city once you finish your degree? Is it possible to get around by bike if you don’t want to use a lot of public transport or is London really too big for that? x

  31. I love how you’re so honest about your experience and I think your advice is super helpful. I’ve taken two years out of education (but did the first year of an open uni degree from home due to anxiety) and I’m finally going to go to uni this September! Super nervous but also excited. I’m trying to keep in mind that everyone will have their own struggles to deal with and I won’t be alone! Great post, definitely following your blog now 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, that’s lovely to hear. That’s amazing, you should be really proud – what are you going to be studying? Yes you definitely won’t be alone lovely and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch I’d be happy to help! 🙂 Thank you so much x

      1. You’re welcome! Thanks, Sociology! That’s very kind of you x

        1. Oooh amazing! Good luck! Are you excited? x

          1. Yes I am! Quite nervous too though x

          2. Where about’s are you studying? That’s normal too, you’ll soon settle in! x

          3. Up in the North of England! So a bit of a change for me x

          4. Ooooh, I’m sure you’ll love it though! 🙂 x

  32. I’m so glad this year was more enjoyable for you.. I missed the chance to go to college, but I always love seeing people go through it and enjoy what they’ve worked for💖

    1. Thank you so much, that’s so kind of you. I hope it isn’t something you regret as I’m sure you’re doing amazing right now – college / uni isn’t for everyone and that’s more than okay 🙂 x

      1. I did at first but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that I’m more focused now than u was then.. I had kids early so that might have been alot to deal with

  33. great post! as someone who graduated from college (or University) a little over 2 years ago all i can say is, appreciate while you have it. The transition from college to real world is pretty scary and not something anyone can prepare you for. so soak up as much as you can while you’re still in school. Also know, it’s extremly normal to not have everything after uni figured out. xx

    Mich |

    1. Thank you, that’s amazing advice, I certainly will. I appreciate it’ll be tough but it’ll be worth it in the end and I have to make the most of everything. Thank you for saying that as I’m completely overwhelmed what with having a lot of people on my course knowing exactly what they’re doing in 6 months let alone at the end of uni – every one is planning their masters and I don’t even have a pla – haha! xx

  34. I’m studying journalism too and I had a creative writing module this semester! 😄

    1. Oh no way!! I used to study journalism, are you learning shorthand? 🙂

      1. No, they didn’t teach us that at all

  35. Well done for passing second year!
    I found out my results only yesterday, scary stuff!
    The thing I was most interested in was societies, especially as I personally don’t do any myself.
    Well done for all your achievements xx

    Annelies |

    1. Thank you! No way, how did you do? Congratulations either way! 😀 xx

  36. Congrats on your end of year 2 result! I feel like first year is less about grades and more about learning how to survive uni. Sounds like you’ve settled in well, I hope third year is as good as second:) xx

    1. Thank you so much, first year was definitely all about survival haha! xx

  37. Congratulations on finishing another year! I’ve also just finished my second year and taken the plunge to start a blog all about it! I hope third year is kind to you!! The end is in sight!!

    1. Thank you! That’s so exciting, I’ll be sure to have a peek! You too, good luck to you! x

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