As all good things must come to an end, so too must a very mediocre University blog. But before I leave you all, I would like to share a final message about what I’ve learnt at University and my time living in Leicester…through the medium of noughties alternative rock music.
So I’m guessing that you’re reading this blog post because:
a) you really can’t stand Coldplay or
b) you have a life-size Chris Martin cardboard cut out in your room.
Then I should probably mention that this article doesn’t really have anything to do with them. Well not entirely anyway.
When I started at University and left home for the first time, the advice I got was “say yes to everything”. To every opportunity or chance that came my way, grab it with both hands. But taking a risk isn’t always the easiest option to take.
It’s easy sometimes to hear a friend or a group of people you look up to say something and feel embarrassed about having a different opinion. It’s the fear of being judged.
So we might all have different tastes in music and fashion, and some of us even argue endlessly about the great crunchy vs smooth peanut butter debate (my Twitter will attest to that). But why should that matter?
And that brings me on to Coldplay. The perennial punching bag. For all the internet trolls and jokes, they carry on writing music and bring out more award-winning albums. And University is no different (well maybe apart from the fame and success part). Whether its the society you join or nights out you go on, another person’s opinion shouldn’t make you change what you know about yourself. After all, leaving home and going to University is all about trying new things and finding out what kind of person you want become. And when we meet new people or talk to someone for the first time, how often do we hear about making a good first impression. It’s the uncertainty of not fitting in. But take Coldplay’s advice and live for who you are, not what people want you to be.
And at University you’ll have a lot of big decisions to make. Is this place is right for me, what course should I choose or even whether you should go to University at all. But you won’t know if you’ve made the right one unless you have those experiences. And Leicester is a great place to find the answers to those questions. The perfect environment to take in and engage with all that University has to offer and discover that its okay to be different. So yes, its okay to love Coldplay.
And that, I’m afraid, is my lot for this University blog. It’s been a great experience to journal my final year at Leicester and I hope any prospective student reading this has discovered an insight into the unforgettable student adventure you can have here.
Thanks Leicester, I wouldn’t change it for the world!