How your degree is just like Star Wars
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As a student about to enter their third year, and more importantly as a film fanatic, I couldn’t help but reflect on my first two years and compare my experiences to a movie trilogy. The first year was that establishing piece, setting the scene with adventurous exploits and naïve excitement. Then comes the darker, more sinister second year, as the second film is always more demanding on the protagonist and comes with a game-changing plot device. And finally the third year, the most demanding year of your degree yet, due to your dissertation. The final chapter of a trilogy always has the biggest battles but is more upbeat than its predecessor, as the good guys will ultimately overcome the adversity. Making this comparison automatically made me consider Star Wars, as whenever anyone says trilogy it should be the default decision to look back to Luke Skywalker and his actions across a galaxy far, far away. When you think of your time at university, it is impossible not to see the similarities. Think back to your first day. It is a period of conflicting emotions. You’ve moved away from home and left a comfortable life behind. Your closest friends are scattered across the country, your family won’t see you until Christmas and the only recipe you know is beans on toast. But, as you unpack your DVD collection and attempt to establish a bond with your new flatmates, you realise what a great opportunity this is. You will learn new things, meet new people and try new activities. You’ll explore a new city and discover new things about yourself. This is a new hope.
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