Goals for Spring Term of Second Year

I honestly can’t believe I head back up to York this weekend. Somehow it’s been nearly six weeks since I had any classes, and almost four since I came home, but the time has absolutely flown. I’ve had a really wonderful time back home with my family, friends and G, but I’m also ready to head back into the madness of uni life. Spring term of second year holds all sorts of promises and plans; in fact it’s kind of a big deal. During this term I’ll reach the halfway point of my degree and start planning my final year dissertation. Here’s a rundown of what the next ten weeks hold, and what I hope to achieve over their course.

Goals for Spring Term of Second Year at the University of York 1
Spring term in numbers

64 contact hours

post-war Italian films to watch

newspaper editions to put together

new modules to study

3,000-word essay to write

Modules this term

I’m studying three modules this term: Critical Questions, The Romantic Period 1775-1832, and Post-War Italian Cinema. Critical Questions is a theory-based module; it involves a workshop every other week and a lot of theoretical reading, so can be quite dry and difficult to get stuck into. Some of it is really interesting though, and during this term I have to give a group presentation on an assigned topic ahead of our closed-book exam in summer term.

The latter two modules are both new to me this term, and both are fairly self-explanatory. The Romantic Period focuses mainly on the work of poets like Wordsworth, Blake, and Keats, though also includes Frankenstein which I’m excited to finally read. The Italian Cinema module meanwhile is part of the University’s initiative which requires every single-honours English Literature student to take a foreign language module, in which we study foreign texts partly in their original language. I’m super excited for this one as I’ve always been interested in film but never had the change to study it properly, and I’m hoping that my Italian improves to the point that I feel sufficiently confident. (It will have to, as in summer term I’ve a three-hour written language exam!)

Goals for spring term

Get into routines. If you saw my Goals for Growth post you’ll already know this is important for me this year. I’ve got a good uni morning routine that I’m looking forward to getting back into, but I really want to sort out my evenings to set me up better for the following day.

Studying comes first. In first year when your grades don’t count towards your degree it’s easy to not worry too much about attainment, but I’ve always cared about doing well. However, it’s so easy for things like the newspaper to get in the way, and in the past I’ve lost sight of what I’m really at uni to do: get a good degree. I really care about my subject and doing well, and I need to learn to put it before everything else – except my health.

Save money. I’m desperate to put aside some money each month. I’ve now got a job as a Student Ambassador which will hopefully help me towards this goal, but I really do need to start watching how I spend so I can save as much as possible for any potential future trips or plans.

Document as much as possible. I said before third term last year that I wanted to write a diary entry every single day. In the end, my mental health was so bad that I didn’t write a single one. That’s okay – those entries would have been pretty hard to look back on – but I’m so happy at uni now that I don’t want to forget anything. I really want to document as much as I possibly can, whether through social media, photographs or journaling so I can hold on to all the brilliant moments uni provides.

Focus on stability. As I completed my year in review post I realised that the place I’d reached by the end of last year was one of stability. For the first time in so long I no longer felt anxious and insecure about where I was; in fact, I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be. This term I really want to focus on that feeling; on enjoying uni and all the opportunities it brings me before they’re all gone, but also feeling grounded and secure in the place I have made for myself in York.


Are you heading back to school or uni? What are your goals for the upcoming semester? Let me know in the comments!



  1. 13/01/2017 / 10:38 pm

    I haven’t seen all of those, but Bicycle Thieves is great, The Leopard is a wonderful epic, and Rome, Open City is unforgettable. L’Avventura won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 1960, and La Dolce Vita has Anita Ekberg in it, which was enough for me!
    Even though it isn’t on your list, I would still suggest that you see ‘The Conformist’, (Il Confirmista) as it is a wonderfully shot political thriller with the most amazing sets. Performances by the French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Stefani Sandrelli as Julia, are memorable. One of Bertolucci’s best.
    Happy viewing!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. 06/01/2017 / 11:20 am

    Saving up money and studying harder is definitely also on my goals this year, as well as less procrastination haha! Good luck this semester I’m sure you’ll be able to easily achieve all your goals!

    • 07/01/2017 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much Reine! I’m TERRIBLE for procrastination, I just don’t know how to avoid it – if you find any tricks, be sure to let me know! Lx

  3. 04/01/2017 / 7:03 pm

    Best of luck for you during this semester! I love your goals and I hope you can reach them. I have an exams session right now and after that I will have two weeks break. I will be heading back to uni in February and I think I need to set some goals for myself too to achieve better results 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  4. 04/01/2017 / 11:46 am

    Are York still offering the LFA courses for free? If so you should definitely take one in Italian, or any other language. I took beginners Spanish in first year instead of one of the theoretical modules, and it was great (although if I’m honest I’ve forgotten the majority of what I learned…)

    Liv // petticoatsandpatriarchy.com

    • 07/01/2017 / 5:04 pm

      I actually took the level 1 Italian as a prerequisite for this module – the problem is I haven’t done it for a term and most of it has gone out of my head! Thankfully we do have a weekly language class and, even better, one of my housemates is actually doing an Italian degree, so fingers crossed I’ll be ok!

    • 04/01/2017 / 10:24 am

      I’m super excited! Thanks for the recommendations – some are on the list of ones we’re studying but not all, so I’ll try to check them out if I have time!
      Here’s the full list for the module…
      Roberto Rossellini, Roma, città aperta (Rome, Open City) (1945)
      Ettore Scola, Una giornata particolare (A Special Day) (1977)
      Vittorio de Sica, Ladri di biciclette (Bycicle Thieves) (1948)
      Luchino Visconti, La terra trema (The Earth Trembles) (1948)
      Luchino Visconti, Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963)
      Mario Monicelli, I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (1958)
      Federico Fellini, La dolce vita (The Sweet Life) (1960)
      Federico Fellini, Amarcord (1973)
      Pier Paolo Pasolini, Il vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to Matthew) (1964)
      Michelangelo Antonioni, L’avventura (The Adventure) (1960)
      Ferzan Ozpetek, Mine vaganti (Loose Cannons) (2010)
      Paolo Sorrentino, La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) (2013)

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