As it’s now been exactly two weeks since I graduated I thought it was about time to do my final post *sobs*. If you’d have told me three years ago when I was having a meltdown because I didn’t think I could hack moving into halls that, by the time it was over, I’d be the person I am today- a graduate with a 2:1 in psychology with a whole heap of amazing memories with wonderful people that I’ll cherish for a lifetime- I would have laughed in your face (well, after I’d finished with my meltdown, obv).
In first year I lived in The Coppice, part of John Foster halls, as 1/5 of mysterious flat 14– mysterious because we made friends from other halls and never seemed to socialise with the rest of the building. I think I was incredibly lucky with my flat allocation as my flatmates were wonderful- so wonderful that I was still living with them at the end of third year. The friends we made are also some of the best people I’ve met and I
hope know that I will be friends with them and my flatmates for life!
As for course friends I had a lot at the beginning. I’m not friends with half of them now but for the most part we had good times. To these people I just want to say, although our friendship hasn’t lasted, thanks for being part of my university experience. The half of the group I stayed friends with will also be my friends for life. If it wasn’t for UoL I would never have met them.
My three years at Leicester has also given me so much confidence that I never thought I would have- confidence to spend three months in America, confidence to travel alone, confidence to make friends with strangers, confidence to go out drinking (a big deal for pre-university me). I know anyone could write this about any university but I genuinely believe that it was in fact the University of Leicester that made me into the person I am today and not just the fact that I went to university.
The university of Leicester has also given me a wealth of opportunity; I’ve learnt German, found out that I’m not actually that good at tennis but that I love it as much as I always have, been given my first paid writing job (this blog), learned fascinating things, not just about my subject either, had a abundance of volunteering opportunities and had careers help on tap.
I cannot express how much I will miss being a student here. I’ll miss how close everything is on campus, I’ll miss the o2, I’ll miss having the option to sign up to a random society if I feel like it (what if I get the urge to become a quidditch player?!), I’ll miss the union and it’s quirks, I’ll even miss the library! I can’t believe it’s over. If you’re about to become a student here then I envy you and I urge you to cherish every moment because, before you know it, it’ll be over. If you haven’t decided if you want to study here or not then I just want you to know that, if you come here, you won’t regret it.
I guess all that’s left now is to say goodbye, UoL, and thanks for the best three years of my life.