After a long and extensive third year, it is that time of the year when we all can take a few deep breaths and cool down before the exams! The third year for me has been quite a roller coaster for many reasons! Right from having everything on campus to long theory sessions in the first semester and long days in the lab during the second. But in its own right, everything has prepared me for the Honours year – I hope!
The biggest takeaway in retrospect for me will be:-
- Being organized and staying on track when it comes to submissions (as if this has not been said enough)
- Long notes are not the best strategy for all theory modules; explore techniques like sample QandA format instead, so you get into the habit of long answer format questions while learning the material!
- The third year sounds like a lot of work, and to an extent, it is true, but continue indulging in your hobbies and extra-curricular activities to refresh yourself!
- Keep some time for summer internship applications and interviews during your second block of the second semester – which is usually when all this hits you! Plan your work accordingly in advance!
- Find a PI (with whom you would want to do an Honours Project) well in advance to ensure that you get to choose a project that you like and are passionate about. (Well, in advance, as the PI that you might want to work with might not take more than two students, and you want to be one of them asap!) But that being said – do not rush your decision as well!
And as always, enjoy your time during the third year (it is possible to do that)! Also, Happy Easter in advance and best of luckk for the exam prep!