Just over a week ago I handed in my final piece of university work, my dissertation, and finished my undergraduate degree. Sat in my room typing this I can’t quite believe it’s been nearly three years since I stepped into my first year accommodation, in Oadby Student Village, for the first time; all I can really summarise of past few years is that it’s been a journey, with sky-scraping highs and crushing lows, and I don’t think anyone ever truly prepared me for the roller coaster that my university experience would turn in to. I think I can guarantee you that the majority of university graduates have things they would do differently, but are equally grateful for the experiences they’ve had because of the decisions they made.
If I’m being completely honest I think the stereotypical line of “university will be the best years of your life”, is wrong, but so many of the fantastic memories you’ll take from university really will last a lifetime; if I hadn’t studied for my degree I wouldn’t have been able to learn so much about a subject I enjoy, I wouldn’t have been able to meet people from up and down the country, as well as around the world, and I wouldn’t have had access to specifically student opportunities, such as this blog but most crucially for me my Cultural Exchange Programme in Walt Disney World.
Over my remaining blogs, I’m planning to talk dissertations, and a bit more specifically about the intricacies of years 1, 2 and 3, which although doesn’t match everyone’s university experience will give an insight into a three year course, and some information/advice which you may find helpful.
As much as I believe I’m very much ready for at least a break from education, this last week has given me a whole cocktail of emotions. I’m elated to have finished the work towards my degree, and so proud of both myself and my friends for what we’ve achieved. I’m equally very happy to be back in my home town because, as much as Leicester carries a place in my heart, it is the place I feel most myself, and the place I can see myself moving forward. However, there’s the other side of me that’s incredibly nervous about stepping out into the “real” world, when I’ve spent every year of my life, that I can remember, in education, and I worry about how long it will take me to find a job which truly suits me.
Having said that, speaking from my current experience, or rather what I’ve been told, it’s best to just enjoy this slightly unstable, but nonetheless relaxing period. To anyone who is in the same position as me: be kind to yourself, you’ve worked really hard, and you deserve a bit of time to sit back, relax, and say “Wow, I actually did that”.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!