“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you’ll miss it!” ~ Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Potentially not the best role model, but Ferris Bueller, as a fictional young man, made a point that is just as applicable as it was in the nineteen-eighties. Lately I’ve been thinking about my future, both short and long term. When I first arrived at the University of Leicester, I didn’t actually know if I was going to stick it out; I was unsure whether university was right for me, whether I’d like my classes, whether I could live on my own, whether I’d make friends, and primarily, at the time, whether my mental health was going to get the better of me. I remember the night before I travelled down to Oadby with a car packed full to bursting, that I cried and couldn’t sleep; I said I’d give myself I’d give it a month, and part of me thought that would be it, and I’d be gone. It’s over a year and a half later…I’m still here, and doing pretty well.
However, now I’m reflecting on it, I’ve realised how quickly I’m progressing through university; in two weeks, besides exam season I’ve finished my second year of university. In the last week film studies students have had a meeting about our third and final year of study, looking at our module choices and getting information about our dissertation. We’ve also received our options and been asked to select what classes we’d like to take in final year; that was a tough decision, but I think I’ve made the right choices for me.
I’m stressed, with deadlines stacked on top of each other, but I also know I’ll do it in time and to the best of my ability. I think I must really enjoy university as I’m actually considering further study, in the form of a masters degree. My next blog will undoubtedly be about the post-graduate study event I’m attending next week, and potentially a careers event as well…let’s just say I’m keeping my options wide open.
But I guess what I wanted to say to anyone within education at the moment, is to try and appreciate it, despite the stress and sometimes dysfunction, not only will it all be worth it, I think you’ll miss it once it’s over. I might be feeling burnt out right now but that doesn’t mean I’m not eager to further my knowledge in my subject; it’s something I’m passionate about, and I’m really glad that I stuck it out at university, especially in my first year, I just wish it’d slow down a little.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!