As I come closer and closer to finishing my Undergraduate degree, I’m feeling stressed (very stressed) but also thankful! The fact that I’ve been living in Brighton for 3 years, and going to University blows my mind, as I hadn’t even considered Uni before going to College, and no-one in my family had been before.
I wanted to just share some thoughts about why I’m so glad that I decided to come to Uni! I will also be doing a “Third Year Uni Experience” post when I finish, but if you want more details of my First and Second year of Uni, click here for first year, and here for second.
Note: This is a procrastination, caffeine fuelled post, so is quite rambly!
Deciding to go to University has been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. All through school, I didn’t even contemplate the idea of going to Uni, I just thought it was something rich people did, and therefore wasn’t for me. It was only when in College that I saw all my friends applying for Uni, that I actually looked into it all, realised student finance was a thing, when I decided I may as well apply too.
Originally, I was applying for Linguistics degrees. I’d even written my personal statement out for it, when all of a sudden I woke up one day, and realised that I’d actually hate to study linguistics for three years. I was already studying Media at College, and I was doing pretty well at it, so after some more research, I ended up on looking at Media and Communications Degrees, and here we are now!
I only applied for two universities, Sussex, and also Bournemouth, and I had Sussex as my first choice, which luckily I managed to get in for, as I love living in Brighton so much!
University has helped my confidence grow so much. I feel like that’s quite a cheesy thing to say, and probably a bit cliché as well, but it’s so true. The person I am now, compared to little old me who moved into Uni halls are so different, but in such a good way.
Uni hasn’t been all happiness and delight, don’t get me wrong, there have been some shitty situations along the way, but that’s all part of the journey I suppose.
There are so many things I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t have gone to University. Even the most boring and mundane things like how to top up electricity, and making sure you have enough food for the week have all added to the experience! I moved out at 18, and am used to paying for rent and bills every month, cooking for myself, being a responsible adult.
This all sounds really boring, and to be fair, it is all really boring, but at the same time, it’s kind of nice to know that I can do these things by myself and that whenever I leave Uni, I feel i’ll have a bit of an advantage in the life skills department.
Before Uni, I heard lots of people saying things like “Uni is such a waste of time and is so expensive” or “Whats the point in Uni, most people never use their degrees anyway.” Which may well be true, but honestly, even if I fail my degree (let’s hope I don’t though) I truly feel like what’s made it all worth it is the experience I’ve got.
I’ve met some friends who I know will be in my life for a long time, met Adam, who I definitely wouldn’t have done if I’d never gone to Uni, and he’s such a huge part of my life and I’m so grateful he’s decided to stick around!
Also, I saw this post on Twitter this morning and it actually really hit home for me as well. I always used to claim I was so socially awkward, and I definitely still am a bit shy in a big group of people, but it’s so mental how having a group of friends who are all just so great can help you feel less awkward.
My therapist said “I don’t think you have social anxiety, I think you’re surrounded by the wrong people” and that really hit me. The entire time you think it’s you, it may just be that the people around you are toxic or do not align with you. Be very very careful who you let in.
— Hayley Colleen (@hayley_colleen) May 8, 2018
This post is so rambley, but Idk im feeling all kinds of emotional about life right now. I know everyone says cherish your time at University, because it will be over before you know it, but genuinely, it feels as if i’ve been here for about 3 months, not 3 years!
In answer to the question “How did you know uni was the right choice?” put simply, I didn’t know. I had no idea! But I was so bored of where I was, I wanted to move to somewhere new and exciting, and I thought getting a degree would probably give me better job prospects. Still yet to find that one out, but I don’t regret my decision.
I’d say if you are considering Uni, then just bare in mind everyone will be a bit nervous moving out of home, everyone will be experiencing similar things, but if you don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone, you’ll always be wondering “What if…”
Obviously I can’t speak for everyone, and for some people, University is their idea of hell. I also don’t think that in order to get a good job you have to go to Uni! But, from my experience however, I’d recommend the experience to anyone, and I’m so glad I decided to apply.
Now, I’m going to get back to writing the 1000’s of words I have to get through, and pretend like it isn’t summery and lovely outside, so I can get everything done!
Hope this post made a little bit of sense, I feel like I rambled on a bit, but thanks as always for reading!
Love from Lauren xx