As I have no exams this year, only (lol) essays and a dissertation due in, I finish the university year really early on the 8th May. This seems crazy to me as it’s only eighteen days away… but I’m really looking forward to the lack of stress and pressure when I’m done. As I’m in my fourth year now, as much as I’m going to miss University life, I’m finally starting to feel as though I’m prepared for the next stage and ready to start something new.
As cringey as it sounds, I feel as though I have grown up in so many ways during my time at uni, especially in the last two years being abroad and then back in Leicester. I feel like my attitude to a lot of things has matured (I really can’t hack multiple nights out a week anymore) and I’ve realised what’s best for me and makes me happy. University can throw a lot of hurdles your way whether it’s in terms of academic work, friendships or mental health struggles, but it also teaches you how to work through these problems and know yourself better because of them. I think one of the things I’m going to miss most about Uni is learning, it’s a great feeling when you feel like you’ve gained knowledge in something and you find something that really ignites a passion and that is arguably something you can’t put a price on (but at least £9k obviously…).
Uni also gave me the opportunity to live and study in Florida for a year which was honestly a life-changing experience for me; it was hard in many ways, but it was the most eye-opening and rewarding year of my life. I got the opportunity to do and see so many things whilst living there and I can’t wait until I can go back and explore some more States.
All in all, I can hand-on-heart say that I will be leaving university a better, more fulfilled and self-aware person than when I started four years ago.