May 2016 marked the end of a huge chapter in my life, I finished University forever. It was a whirlwind three years that I certainly won’t forget in a hurry. So what’s happened in the past year since finishing University?
I’ve always had this post in a draft, ready for when it came around to May so I remembered to write and publish it. Megan from Thumbelina Lillie has recently published a year on from University, which you can check out here! – Spoiler – it’s a good read.
It’s weird to think that this time last year, I was just about to take my final exam and then a week later, I’d be packing up my room and saying goodbye to Lincoln. I loved my time in Lincoln, I’m so glad I went there to study. Everything you needed was just a stone throw away and there were SO many swans, I loved it. (Swans are one of my favourite animals). University taught me a lot of valuable life lessons that will stick with me for a very long time, if not for the rest of my life. Some of the things I learnt:
- That if you are determined then you will succeed.
- Don’t give up.
- Live for the moment (yolo and all that).
- Life’s too short to get caught up in drama.
- Soak in all that knowledge.
- Friendships change.
- Freud will be involved with EVERYTHING. Somehow. He always finds a way.
Every tear shed, every sleepless night, every red bull induced library session helped me finish that degree. Sure, I’m not in my degree field at the moment in my job but that’s ok. I can still use my degree in other ways and I’m bloody proud of myself.
Making the most of University…
I felt it was important to make the most of my time at University. Sure, I skipped a few lectures here and there – but I definitely made up for it and worked even harder. I would do my very best to read my 3-4 books a week, study my notes, revise, do my assignments and still make time for Kayne, work almost every weekend and have a social life. I don’t really know how I managed to walk out of there with a 2.1 sometimes.
Do I miss University?
Yes and no. I miss the atmosphere of University life and the people there. But if I still had that, I wouldn’t have what I have now. I wouldn’t be a home owner with the love of my life. I wouldn’t be getting married next year either and I also wouldn’t be the person I am now. I’ve changed a lot in the past year and I think that’s a result of finishing University. I’d like to say I’ve matured a lot too (but I’m still hilarious, let’s not forget this ok)
One thing I will always miss about Lincoln is the views, they’re so breathtaking. Wherever you are in Lincoln, you can see the Cathedral. It still amazes me to think that I graduated in such a beautiful and grand building.
Some say that the people you meet at University will be your friends for life but I don’t necessarily think that’s true. I speak to a small handful of people from University now and not the people I thought it would be. That’s not through anything in particular though, we’re all just extremely busy with our own lives, we’re all going in different directions and that’s not a bad thing. Sure, it makes me sad sometimes to think about it but that’s just life I guess.
So a year on, is this how I imagined my life would be?
Funnily enough, it is. Kayne was already saving for a house before I even finished University. After we went to Florida last July, we both started saving more seriously. We had enough for our deposit by November/December and the rest is history…
We all have our life plans and these visions and I feel incredibly grateful and lucky that my plan is going how I want it. Home owners by 23, married by 25 (next year we tie the knot, eeek!) and then children will follow, although I shuddered whilst I typed that. I’m feeling pretty content with life right now.
Before I go on a tangent, I need to get back to the whole point of this post. Whilst I miss Lincoln sometimes, I’m so glad it’s over with now. I was definitely ready to leave, things started to become a chore towards the end. I’m just glad that I’ve accomplished something worth while (in my eyes) and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
University isn’t for everyone and that’s totally ok.
I don’t necessarily think it was for me to be honest. Thinking on it, I went more for the experience of University and to gain my independence I guess. Sure, I had a thirst for knowledge, for books, for writing, I felt passionate about studying English but now I don’t think University was the best approach for me. It really changed me going to University, I’m not the same person I was three/four years ago. I’m grateful and glad that I went but we can change our opinions on our experiences over time right?
Did you go to University? How do you feel since leaving? If you didn’t go – what do you think about it? I’d love to see what you think in the comments!