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Does first year count?

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Many students feel that as “First year does not count”, the whole year can be spent coasting or partying away.

Failure to pass first year at best means endless summer resits and at worse repeating the year. So does first year count?

This university mantra is passed on from final year students to first year students, from generation to generation and seems to be the motto plastered on the lips of every fresher.

Freshers who choose to follow this motto can be found staying up into the early hours of the morning completing an essay due later on that day or drinking themselves into a stupor the night before that very important assignment is due, in celebration of the exam they managed to scrape a “Pass” in despite barely revising.  

Of course, there are those who try the no-revision method and are greeted with an ‘F’ (also known as a third) on assignment collection day.  

But in the land of late nights and later mornings the letter ‘F’ stands for ‘Fun’ and the phrase ‘First year does not count’, right? 

Au fait in the art of fluking exams; going out to paint the town red and shopping to their heart’s content or until cards are rejected (more often than not it is a case of the latter), are the extracurricular activities that students who are ‘too cool for school’ choose to partake in.

It is just too bad that such shambolic shenanigans will not help you complete your degree, nor will they add any extra merit to your CV.

Now, while it may be true that first year does not always directly contribute to your final degree result, indirectly it can do as it lays down the foundations for your remaining years at university.

The actions and habits you develop in first year tend to follow you into your second, third and fourth years.

Also, in most universities if a nursing student fails a placement more than once, they are withdrawn from the course.

If you fail a mock or internal exam, you may be able to calm yourself down by saying it was only a mock or it was only worth a measly percentage towards your final grade.

However, the bitter truth is that if you get enough grades of that nature, they will be your final grade.

Not just in your mocks or assignments but in your final degree.

So the next time you hear an unknowing first-year chant the popular phrase: “First year does not count”, you have two options; you can chuckle to yourself knowingly or tell them to think twice before uttering the deadly phrase.

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