This week marks my final annual return to Leicester; frankly it feels pretty unbelievable, when I think of all the vivid memories I have of moving into Oadby when I was 18, ready to take on freshers. I can’t say my journey through university has always been a smooth one, with making friends, navigating academic life, living independently, and my own personal battles with mental health. But here we are, much closer to the end of my university life than I probably feel right now; time seems to run a whole lot faster whilst I’m here.
I thought by now I’d have some clear-cut idea of exactly what I wanted to do or at least decided whether I want to do a masters or go into the working world; neither idea has surfaced. I can’t deny that I often feel pretty down about feeling lost, however I’m willing to wait a while for that spark to come along, rather than diving in head first with no research or security of what I think I want.
So instead I have a few short-term goals that I want to try and achieve throughout the next year:
1.Graduate with a Good Degree: Kind of a given really, but I do think it’s always good to have in mind when trying to stay motivated and striving to do your best academically.
2.Keep on Top of my Dissertation: Potentially less straightforward. I’ve never been one to do a dreaded all-nighter, neither have I started any work less than 3 weeks before it was due in…but, I can imagine it’ll be a struggle to always prioritise my dissertation, despite how important it is.
3.Take More Creative Me Time: A lot of the time, when I have some time to myself, I’ll sit and watch Netflix, and watch Netflix, and, oh, watch a bit more Netflix. And although there’s nothing wrong with chilling out whilst still doing something I’m passionate about, watching films, I think it is time to stop neglecting my saxophone and my coloured pencils so much. I want a creative outlet.
4.Say No A Little More Often: More on from my last point, I’m aware a lot of the time I’m a complete workaholic; I often pressure myself into fitting in every single activity anyone asks me to do, but I think with everything that I’ll have to do for personal academic achievement, I’ll need to start cutting down on the amount of other things I take on…I need less distractions.
5.Enjoy Myself: This being my final year of university, I want to look back on it fondly, with plenty of fun memories I can keep, when going on to my next adventure.
I’d be really interested to know what your goals are for the coming year, not matter whether you’re at university or not, so get in touch in the comments if you’d like to share.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak To You All Soon!