Never before (in my whole, whole life) have I finished whatever I had been doing with my day – whether that be work or something else – and thought “oh I have nothing to do now.” My me-time is often plagued with the thought that I should be revising or completing assignments. I mean, even in summer I forever was thinking “I should be doing some reading for next year now” or something like that.
Monday 30th April was a day that went down in my personal history for being my last ever written exam. (Watch me take a masters in a few years and become a huge hypocrite). In all seriousness, though, it’s a weird feeling and I’m not sure if it’s really sunk in yet.
Now I feel like an absolute senior I thought i’d take some time to reflect. So, here’s a few of my thoughts that have crossed my mind since I have now technically finished university.
… What now?!
I think this is one of the first things to cross a fresh-outta-uni person’s mind. I mean, we got an e-mail from the university telling us how to claim benefits after we finished the other day which really fills us with hopes for the future…
Joking aside though, it’s a pretty scary thought. If you graduate after 3 years of university, you’d have been in education for the last 15/16 years of your life and it’ll probably be all you’ve ever known.
The point is, it’s okay to be unsure. Not everybody can make a decision at 21. Some people don’t chose their careers for years and years. Morgan Freeman was 52 when his career took off, so if you don’t know what you want to do for the rest of your life yet. It’s no biggie. Instead, you should probably be letting your hair down a little and enjoying your free time whilst it lasts (ha-ha), you’ve truly earned it after *all that* studying.
For me, i’ve been working hard to sort myself out with a career straight after graduation as i’ve fell in love with living up here and therefore living at home was never an option for me. I’ll be starting full-time work in August within the industry I want to be in and will be getting my own little flat. I’ve always been very independent so you could’ve seen it coming.
All that being said, I may be working 9-5, 5 days a week but i’ll sure still be stressing out after work thinking I have an assignment in that i’ve forgotten about. It’s going to be hard to adjust to the full-time working life but it’s a new challenge for me and i’m all for it.
Make the most of your time
This is something I think about a lot as my time as a student draws to a close.
Did I make the most of it?!
This year i’ve been incredibly consumed in making a start on my career and sometimes I even feel a little guilty on myself for it. I’m forever wondering whether I should have gone out more and should have behaved the way I did in first and second year. However, on reflection for me I did university right. My first (and ehem, second year) was spent having fun and making friends for life – my studies were important to me but they didn’t take over my life, i’ll be honest. Third year was the year I really got my head down and my grades (so far) are thanking me for it. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve still had a fair few nights out and have still thoroughly enjoyed my final year. I guess i’m pretty happy with how it’s all gone.
I think what i’m trying to say is, if there’s any still-students reading this then take it from me: enjoy yourself. Your studies are important but it’s equally as important to enjoy yourself. Uni has undoubtably been the best 3 years of my life and the best decision I ever could have made. I’ll never forget the friends nor the memories I have made and given the chance, i’d do it all again in a heartbeat. I’m partly glad it’s over and am more than ready to move on to the next chapter of my life, but if I could tell anyone to revel in the uni experience and to enjoy every last minute of it, I would.
Summer breaks are the best
The title says it all. Summer breaks were the best. I’m glad i’ve still got one more left to go. I’m going to be spending the next few months travelling here there and everywhere, including places such as China, Paris and Berlin.
I also went to Budapest last year with all my uni pals and it was truly fab, i’d always recommend jetting off in your uni breaks.
Whilst uni life really is something special, you also can’t beat the few months you get off every year. (6 months as a high-school student seems like nothing now.) Whilst i’m glad to be starting a new venture and to be finally working within the industry that I love, I think this is one of the things i’ll miss the most about being a student. If you’re still studying – make the most of your mini-home-holidays, the freedom is a dream.
Am I bankrupt?
I’m pretty sure this is another thing that all students ask themselves. The thought of the impending debt (and dread) is something that is enough to put somebody off going to university all together but let me tell you… it’s not like that.
Yes, you do *technically* owe a lot of money. I think mine t-totals up to be around £36,000-ish (I best hope my Mum doesn’t see this before she freaks out). HOWEVER, the chances of you paying all that back are minuscule and if you do manage to pay it all back you’ll be laughing anyway because you’ll probably be earning mega-bucks.
One thing I would say is try not to get yourself overdrawn at uni. I appreciate sometimes it’s hard not to but my time overdrawn sucked. I was constantly worrying about how much money I *didn’t* have. I managed to get myself out of my overdraft this year and also managed to save, whilst it’s not easy I would definitely recommend current students to do this – I feel a lot better for it. It’s a harsh reality when you no longer have your student loan to fall back on – so be wise.
Appreciate your course-mates
I’m not going to lie I used to be pretty introverted when I started university and wasn’t the best at mixing/participating in class. However come the end of university i’m a completely different person and am so glad that I made good friends in all of my course-mates. Nobody understands the struggle like your course-mates do and i’m so glad I landed such a great bunch.
And appreciate everyone else
I wish I could tell you how much I appreciate everybody I met at university, even those I no longer talk to. University has landed me with the best friends and boyfriend I ever could have asked for and for that, i’ll always be grateful.
This is something else i’d tell anybody about to start university – don’t be afraid to get out there and talk to people. Also, don’t shy away from mixing with people you usually wouldn’t. Something I love about my little group of friends is that we’re alllllllll completely different personalities, yet we all love each other for it. I’ve made friends for life here and i’d always shout that from the rooftops to prospective students.
What. A. Life.
My last thought is this: what a life I have.
It’s incredibly empowering for me to be able to say that. I struggled with self-confidence and general happiness throughout school and more so in sixth form but i’m a completely different person now to who I was back then. I’ll often walk along (cringe-alert) and just think how happy I am to be in this situation and how blessed I am. I have an amazing family, boyfriend and friends and also have a career lined up for me that I worked very hard for. I’ve had the best 3 years of my life and was lucky enough to land the complete uni experience. For me, I did it so right and i’m so happy about it.
So yeah, what a life I have, i’m blessed to say the very least. Uni, you’ve been good to me – thanks for the last 3 years, they’ve been the best.