It’s been about a month now since I moved out of halls. It was a really emotional time to pack up the room that I’d lived in for first year and to see it looking so empty again. It was once filled with so many of belongings the room was fit to burst! And it took two car loads to bring it all home, so I definitely wasn’t in the good books with my parents. But as you can see below it looked very plain on the day I moved out.
That’s actually one of the great things about the rooms at the Student Village – they’re all so easy to make your own. During my first year, I really felt like my room in John Foster Hall was my own. There was so much space for the stuff that I associate with home and for my posters and photos. That I was able to make my room feel so much like home, makes me miss it so much more now.
As I said, I’ve been home for a month now but as much as I love spending time with my family, there’s quite a large part of me that wants to be back in Leicester already! So for anyone that’s worried about not finding your feet at University, as long as you do your research on the area you’ll be living in, you’ll find yourself calling it ‘home’ before long.
I know from experience that it’s so important to look at more than just the academic side of things. Of course that’s important too, but what’s equally so is finding a place that is going to suit you. I started out University life quite far from Leicester, but the place I was living just didn’t suit me at all and I wasn’t happy there. I think it was quite a brave decision for me to leave that University, take a year out and then start all over again in a new place. By doing so, I realised what I wanted from the city I was going to live in, which made it really easy to choose Leicester – it’s such a diverse city, it’s not too big/small and it has a really friendly atmosphere.
59 days until I’m back, I’m not counting the days at all…