So my first year is well and truly over. I’m going to be a walking cliché here and say that it flew by because, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun. When I look back now, I feel almost foolish for being nervous. “But why?!” I hear you cry, “It’s a big change!”. You wouldn’t be wrong to think that; not only do you have to learn yet another way to write essays (yes, you need more than just a ‘introduction-main body-conclusion’ now… It’s all about the references), but many aspects of your social life change, too. But worry not! Everyone is in the same boat. However, these weren’t the reasons I was worried. The one thing that was really making me fret was that I was not leaving home.
I’ve lived in Leicester all my life, and when the time came to start going to open days, I thought “Hey, I’ve got a perfectly good uni on my doorstep, I should go and check that one out.” So I did. And I loved it. The course was everything I was looking for (basically, more theory than practical work – I suck at practical work), it was a top ranked uni, and I loved the compact campus – no getting lost for me! The only drawback was that I would still be living at home (because it’s a bit silly to stay in halls in your own city, right? Unless you’re loaded…) and because of that, I might not get the proper university experience.
If you are in this situation, I am telling you now; you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Okay, so I haven’t made friends through those that I’m living with (unless you count my dog), but I have made some great friends through my course and through going out. Honestly, I’m not much of a nightclub person, I’d rather sit at a pub and watch the world go by until the early hours. And I can categorically state that that is where I have met some of the most amazing and interesting people I’ve ever known.
So, if you’re in the same situation I was – do not worry. And I certainly wouldn’t advise spending thousands of pounds more on accommodation for a university that you don’t really want to be at just because it’s far away from home. Bad move. Although socialising is a big part of student life, the even bigger part is your degree and whether you’ll enjoy studying it. If your dream degree course is sitting on your doorstep, do not pass it up, no matter what anyone says. Staying in Leicester was the best decision I ever made.