I guess this is going to be a bit of a retrospective blog post seeing as I’m feeling quite sentimental after just having finished my undergraduate degree. These past four years at Leicester have been some of the best of my life. It’s not going to be easy to sum them up in one post but I’ll give it a go.
First year. This year I moved into Mary Gee in a 10 bedroom block after being assigned a twin room in John Foster, which I turned down. It took me a while to get used to student life and living away from home but I never considered dropping out of university for a minute. Even though it was only first year I found classes quite difficult. At school I always felt I was better than average, but upon arriving at Leicester I felt quite mediocre in my abilities. But going to university is about improvement and learning new things, so I stuck at it. I was still fairly shy at this point but I did make a few new friends and got on well with most of my classmates. But on the whole, it was a quiet year.
Second year. This year I lived in a house share in the Clarendon Park area. I was slightly more confident as a second year than a fresher. I felt like I belonged at university, and that I knew the whole setup pretty well. I tried to be more of a proactive student this year, getting involved with the university beyond going to seminars and lectures. I worked as a Course Representative and a Telephone Fundraising Ambassador. I studied a lot harder this year thanks to the added pressure of this year being worth something towards my final grade. In hindsight I was still quite timid, not having yet come completely out of my shell.
Third year. The year abroad. This year I lived in an apartment with two other students in Italy. This year was a turning point in my life. The past few years had been preparing me for the year abroad so it was a pretty big deal for me. Saying goodbye to my parents who had flown out with me to help me move into my new room was a terrifying moment for me. The year abroad was full of high and low moments but I can’t explain how much it helped me with my confidence. Meeting people from all over the world this was undoubtedly the year I finally came out of my shell. I learned how to deal with real-life issues and felt, when I came back to the UK, that I’d grown as a person and that the world was so much bigger than I’d ever imagined.
Fourth year. The big one. This year I went back to student accommodation, sharing a flat with four other students. In my fourth year I joined the committee of the Erasmus and Exchange society as Secretary. Being on the committee of ULEES was one of the biggest highlights of my final year – I met so many people from around the world and travelled all over the UK. There was a lot of pressure to do well this year, so I tried not to slack off. It was a difficult year, academically speaking, but I managed.
And now here I am, four years down the line, waiting for my results. I’ve had an amazing time at Leicester and, provided I get a 2:1, I can’t wait to spend another year here.