I have wanted to write this blog post for a long time now, however I am coming to the end of my first year, so it seemed like a fitting time to do it.
Being a university student comes with the constant strain of lectures, assignments, presentations, assessments, portfolio pieces, placements and all the little pieces of work that our tutors decide to throw in at the end of the year that don’t actually mean anything but they want to stress us out that little bit more so we work extra hard.
Yep, that’s the student life.
Not just that, however. Living away from home comes with the financial instability, having to buy Tesco Value products and even then you find yourself questioning whether or not you actually need to eat that day. You miss the comfort of your family and the people who have known you for years on end.
There’s times that I honestly want to quit. I think how much easier my life would be if I lived back at home. Having my 3 meals cooked for me each day, working with the same people each weekend and seeing my friends every other day.
But where’s the fun in that? If you stay doing the same thing every day, you won’t progress and this change in my life has allowed me to grow up so much and I feel like I have completely changed as a person.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being at university. I love the excitement of being away from home and having that sense of independence. Being your own boss and being able to do what you want, when you want. The fact that you get so excited whenever you do go back home and see everyone again.
University has been the biggest challenge of my life so far.
As a child, I would never attend any of the school residential trips. I would have panic attacks and overthink EVERYTHING when staying at a friends house for a sleepover. I was never the one to go out of my comfort zone and I would stay where I am most comfortable. Having to move an hour and a half away from home was a huge step up but it was also super exciting.
I have met the most amazing people and gained some amazing friends who I wouldn’t be without now. I have learnt things about myself that I don’t think I would have within the safety of my previous surroundings. I have become more confident in myself and my sexuality, and just who I am as a person which feels like a huge thing in my opinion.
Currently, I have many pieces of work to complete (but obviously, I am the queen of procrastination). The course I am doing isn’t the easiest course in the world. It constantly challenges what you believe in and I have taken a completely different outlook to the world that I perhaps would never have thought about.
If you are thinking about university, do it.
It will be the hardest, tiresome, most stressful thing you have done.
it will also be the most fun and eye opening experience you have ever had.