Why The Second Year Of Uni Is The Best Year

October 18, 2017

Way too many people overlook the second year of uni as a bit of a, you know, nothing year. You’ve got your fresher’s year, which is all about you going crazy with freedom, ordering pizza for breakfast, eating the leftovers for lunch and then popping a Pot Noodle in the microwave for dinner, and not caring too much about your academic responsibilities because your efforts don’t count for anything. Then you have the third year, which is where academia takes over your entire existence.

So, yeah, the second year comes with a bit of a meh-so-so label. Some even call it the second year slump. But we tend to disagree with the slumpy-meh-so-so thing because, in our eyes, the second year is the best of the bunch.


Look, don’t get us wrong, moving out of halls and into a house is not exactly stress-free. After all, they expect you to do it out of term. But this is an issue easily dealt with thanks to student self-storage. The plus side of things, though, oh wow. You finally get to live with people you want to live with instead of sharing a flat-slash-kitchen-slash-bathroom with strangers, and lazy and unclean strangers at that.

Student Wisdom 

You’ve done your first year, which means you have a pretty solid idea of just how poor you are going to be. Plus how much it costs to live. You’ve also learned that world doesn’t end when you dip into your overdraft. In fact, you have come to accept that seeing your overdraft is inevitable when you’re living for student loan instalment days.

Knowledge is Power 

It is a known student problem, trying to navigate your way around campus in the first year is like trying to take on Pan’s Labyrinth wearing a blindfold. But all this disappears in your second year. Of course, you still don’t venture into the parts of campus where you have no class in case you never find your way out again. However, you know where your economics seminars are being held this year! Achievement unlocked as this is a change from last year.

The Library is on Lock 

When you’re a fresher, the whole library thing may as well be an alien planet because everything works differently. By the second year, though, you’ve got it sussed. You know what the etiquette is, you know the financial repercussions for a late return. You know where and when to go in order to get a seat and you are aware you’ll get tossed out of there for eating or drinking. Yeah, it’s like unlocking another part of the map on GTA.

Oh, the joys of uni life!


Hope x

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  • Gladys parker says:

    I have never experienced any of that as I was older and lived in my own place first. I did have day care problem, money problems finding time for homework problems. I definitely think it would have been better to go right after high school. Great article, I have not heard a positive side of the Sophomore year before today.

  • Uni sounds like so much fun! I am glad you are getting this experience. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lindsey Mozgai says:

    I loved my college years! I loved having roommates too.

  • Ashley Grant says:

    I certainly miss college, and this post reminded me just how much I miss it. Funny, I couldn’t wait to graduate, and now I want to go back.

  • Agree that 2nd year in Uni is definitely the best – from freshman year of trials and errors. Have an enjoyable 2nd year girlfriend!

  • Our Family World says:

    My second year of university was as stressful as my freshman year. I shifted courses and had to take on extra academic load to catch up on other subjects not offered in my previous course. I was in school from 7am to 7pm. Ack. I was lucky though that I lived fairly close to home so I did not have to stay in a dorm. I was assured of coming home to a good home cooked meal and a warm loving family every day.

  • Julie Syl says:

    Glad you share this kind of your experience. It seems that you are having a lot of fun. I really love my college year. Wanna go back again. Lol!!

  • Ruthie Ridley says:

    Sounds like you are having a great time! My uni experience was not like this! LOL

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