Work Hard, Play Harder: Making the Most out of Third Year

Your third year at university is crucial to your degree. With your dissertation to write plus all the usual modules (plus preparing yourself to leave uni!), everything can get quite hectic. However, it’s still important to enjoy yourself and make the most out of the opportunities given to you at university.

Your experiences at uni, both academically and socially, are unique to student life and you might not get these opportunities again. Below are some of the things I plan on doing in my third year to ensure I make the most out of every opportunity given to me.

Complete the Worcester Award.

The Worcester Award is an employability award given to students who complete a certain number of hours of extracurricular activities.

If you’re anything like me, you might have already completed a lot of the hours without realising, meaning most of the work you’ve already done! The award makes you stand out from the crowd, which is always a bonus in the competitive world of work. While you’re a student, it’s worth having a look on the Worcester SU website or in Peirson to see if you are eligible for the award before you leave.


Join that society you’ve always wanted to.

In the real world, getting the time to join clubs outside of work is difficult, not to mention expensive. Therefore, I plan on joining all the societies I’ve been curious about, but never got around to joining in first and second year. Who knows!

You could end up finding your new favourite hobby that you can continue once you leave. Societies are also a great way to take a break from the workload in third year when you start to feel the unavoidable stress that comes with each assignment!


Make the most of Worcester Week.

I have always gone home for Worcester Week to see my parents. However, there are so many different opportunities offered to you during Worcester Week and I plan on making the most of them this year.

In the upcoming January Worcester Week, I plan on going to at least one of the trips planned for the History students. Previously, History students have been to London and to the Black Country Museum, all of which were free; all the more reason to make the most of these opportunities now.


Make the most of the holidays.

Once you get into the world of work, the months of summer holidays will be a distant dream and instead you’ll enjoy only weeks at a time instead. I therefore plan on making the most of my final university summer holiday in 2018.

I will be making the most out of meeting up with uni friends and going on as many holidays as possible (if I can save up the money, of course), before we are all busy working.


Third year is really stressful and it’s important to ensure you make the most out of all the academic opportunities that are offered to you over this past year. Nevertheless, it’s your last ever year at university! Enjoy it! Do all the fun things you want to before you leave so you don’t look back on the past three years with any regrets.