Nic Dakin MP

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Jessica's Blog: First Semester

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Last time I posted was the day before I moved to university. The timing of this post just so happens to fall on the day before I move back to university for my second semester.

It’s safe to say I’ve had a good first semester. I’ve adapted to living independently, I’ve attempted cooking and more importantly I’ve passed all my modules so far! I even managed to get a First in my first midterm exam! Exams are fast approaching again (when are they not?) which means the next few weeks of my life will be full of revision.

Some people say university is harder than A-Levels. In some ways I can see that but in others it’s completely different and I feel it can’t really be compared. Whilst studying A-Levels, I was essentially spoon fed the information and it was just a case of copying from the textbook. But at university I have a lecture on a topic, a workshop seminar on the same topic and then I have to pick from an extensive reading list of what to read to prepare on that matter. It’s so much more work than college yet the freedom to choose what you read, the freedom to engage lecturers who are experts in that field is incredible and so different to college. To have such easy access to such incredible minds is truly remarkable.

The modules at university are so varied and differing, I’m constantly learning more and more- on matters I already had considered myself to be strong in! As I’m studying British Politics and Legislative Studies it means that despite only being a first year, I have some modules with the second year Politics students. At first this was a very intimidating thing for me, as the second years already had the base knowledge that I was still studying alongside this. But over the first semester I grew to enjoy this as it allowed a different range of students to bounce ideas and questions off, rather than the same people who were in my other modules.

I was also fortunate enough to attend the Labour Students Political Weekend in Liverpool, where events included a keynote speech from Shadow Cabinet Minister Emily Thornberry and varied to panel talks on what should be done in the first 100 days in a Labour government to the power of trade unions. This was a remarkable, eye opening experience, which not only allowed me to find friends across the country but educated me remarkably on how diverse and talented our party is, how the party is composed alongside allowing me to form stronger political views on policy matters I hadn’t considered once before.

Before I started university, I already knew I wanted to join societies. After all, not only does is bring with it typical student socials such as drinking, but many more opportunities for self-growth and political knowledge and opinion to grow, alongside a group of like-minded individuals. A personal favourite of mine are mock parliaments, where in the last one I argued as Leader of the Opposition for a motion on grammar school reinstatement. Societies also offer up many opportunities such as the trip with the Politics Society to Parliament recently, where we were given tours by current Hull students who are on placement there. When studying at university I feel that it’s so important to look at and join societies, even just for the social environment and friendships that you find within them.

Overall I’ve had an incredible first semester at university, and I hope that the second semester will be as good, if not even better than the first!

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