I graduated a year ago. Honestly I don’t know where the time has gone, but this has been one of the busiest (and best) years of my life, with plenty of challenges thrown in for good measure. I thought I’d do a bit of a ‘one year on’ kind of post as my blog always used to have a huge student focus and I’m not quite ready to stop talking about uni just yet. I asked for some uni-related questions on Twitter and you guys delivered, so let’s get into it. Also, I’m gonna write this assuming that you know nothing about my uni life, but if you’re interested in finding out more I have a whole university category to wade through!
Did you study away from home/close to home?
I studied away from home in Harrow, North West London. It takes around 2 hours from my parents house to get to Harrow no matter if you drive or take the train, so I was a lot closer to home than some of my friends. This wasn’t really a massive factor for me in choosing a uni though – it just so happened to be the only place you could do my course!
How did you find uni?
This is something I’ve thought a lot about, and I think on the whole I really enjoyed my experience. Retrospectively there’s things that I’d change (like the fact I was probably on the wrong course – lol) but ultimately, I had a great time. I wouldn’t have wanted to change my experience in terms of the friends I made or the things I did, so I think that says a lot!
Any tips for getting the most out of uni?
I’d say just go for it. Throw yourself into your course, making friends and being independent. It’s (usually) only three years and whilst that is a long time in some respects, it will definitely fly by. I didn’t join a society but I did become a student ambassador in my second and third years, and I came out of my shell so much just by pushing myself a teeny bit out of my comfort zone. Even if it’s not really your style or something you’d normally do, I think there’s a lot to be said for just giving things a go.
Do you have any first day at uni tips?
Not to contradict my last point too much, but I think my number one tip is to be yourself. I wrote a whole post dedicated to surviving your first day at university back in 2015, and to be honest that’s pretty much my advice still. Try not to stress yourself out about it if you can because ultimately everyone puts on a bit of a front on their first day and it’ll take a while before it all settles down and you can relax. Be prepared – bring a notepad and pen – and probably don’t expect all that much. I think most uni’s will ease you in slowly!
What was your number one experience at uni?
This is such a hard one to answer! One of my best uni moments was getting a First on my dissertation. It may have been a close call, but I still couldn’t believe it. In terms of actual experiences I’m not sure. It sounds kinda silly but I think throwing a couple of parties in our flat after we’d moved out of halls is up there. It was fun to plan with the girls and get all our friends (and some strangers) in one place.
Is there anything that you wish you’d taken advantage of whilst at uni and didn’t?
I wish I’d taken more advantage of how easy it was to make friends. When I became a student ambassador I realised that literally anyone will talk to you if you’re friendly and approachable, but I thought it was too late to make proper friends. It certainly wasn’t, and now I’ve moved home I have a very limited pool of people to become friends with, so there’s that. I also miss how close I was to all my uni friends on a daily basis, and definitely wish we’d taken more advantage of those last few weeks once uni was over before we all moved away.
Looking back on my uni experience has got me feeling all nostalgic – though that may be the effect of scrolling through a ton of Facebook pictures in order to make the super amazing collage above (I know, it’s fab). Either way this has been a fun one to write so thank you to everyone who asked me questions!
It’s been a while since I’ve had some real life stuff on the blog and I’ve got to say I’ve kinda missed it. Feel like I tested the waters a little with my Mooncup experience post and now I’ve jumped right back into the pool. Is that a good metaphor? I’m tired and I don’t even know anymore. Point being that I might start bringing back the personal stuff. Sometimes I feel like I’m not writing as much about *me* as I’d like. I dunno, watch this space.