Second Year is Over

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I didn’t think I’d see this day come for an extremely long time. Obviously I knew it was going to come around, just not this soon. It seems like it was only yesterday that I set up this WordPress to document my time through university and now two years later, I’m at the end of my second year in Drama in the Community. It’s scary.

Throughout second I’ve posted various articles about my journey, therefore, you already know a lot of what has been going on for me during the past year. This year has been a journey, it’s had it’s ups and downs but overall, I’m sad to see another year at university pass me by.

For me, this year, my course has given me a lot in terms of courage, challenges, experiences and more. My biggest challenge has most definitely been my last module that I’ve had to complete, this was ‘Street Theatre’. It’s quite self explanatory but for those of you that don’t know what this term is, it’s a form of theatre where you perform in a public space for social and/or political reasons, or just to create a comedic piece to give people a break from their everyday lives. During this process, I found it extremely challenging to engage with the module as I didn’t like the idea of performing in the street to people who didn’t neccessarily want to see a performance, however, as the process went on and I became more confident in the piece, I was looking forward to performing and come the time of the perfomances in the time, it was fantastic. I gained such a buzz whilst performing, I enjoyed it so much and it was one of the best performances I’ve ever done and I had an amazing group of people to work with.

As of today, I handed my last assignment in. That assignment was on ‘Street Theatre’ and was challenging but again, I’m thankful it’s finally handed in. My courage has came from the different modules that I’ve studied, the challenges I’ve faced through those have given me strength and confidence to continue doing what I am doing. As I’m going into third year, I know it isn’t going to be a walk in the park but I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be challenging all over again but it’s going to push me further and improve my skills and it’s going to allow me to do so much work that I’ve wanted to do – unfortunately, the closer I come to third year, the closer I come to ending my university career.

I have a rough plan of what I’m going to do after my third year, I hope to go onto to study my PGCE at the same university I’m at now, specialising in Secondary Education and then after that, attempt to get experience in teaching and soon after that either do my Masters in Drama or do my Masters in Event and Festival Management, depending on where my future takes me. The overall aim one day is to have my own theatre company in which I can create workshops and tour them around schools that teach various different areas.

However, all of this is a long way away. Well, in all honesty, it isn’t. University seemed like a life time away and it came around all so quickly and then second year seemed like a life time away and surprise it came and went in the blink of an eye. I’m both scared and excited for the future and it’s all coming way to quickly.

As I’ve established, my second year is over. From here, I’ll be posting advice articles over the summer and answering any questions that potential first years/freshers may have. They can be emailed to me on: justgeorgej@outlook.com – I will answer as soon as possible. If it’s a personal question about university, please clarify within your email. Other than that, I’ll be counting down my time until third year and preparing some work that I will hit the ground running with when I start.

To all the First Years/Freshers – cherish your First Year, everybody will tell that ‘it isn’t important’ and that ‘it doesn’t count’ but you can still take a lot from it. Work hard and make some memories.

Second Years – it isn’t a walk in the park either, it’s a step up from first year even if it doesn’t feel like it. Work even harder and know that it does count know – but still enjoy it and make some memories.

Other than that, if you have exams left to go, keep revising and keep pushing. If you’ve finished like myself, enjoy summer and have a well deserved break!

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