I totally agree - you don't want to be doing "what is new" - you want to be further ahead than that, you want to be the new thing. That said, nothing is new. Oh the annoyance hehe! My advice for your third year at uni is to push your work further than you ever have before and be as creative as possible - you will be very unlikely to get the chance again.Nothing is new. Everything has been done before.
What's new an current is irrelevant in my opinion. .