A Reflection of my first uni year!

Wow.

I can’t believe that yesterday I handed in my final assignment and my 1st year attending university, is officially over.

One of my tutors said it would go extremely fast and 2nd year would be here before we knew it – but naturally I brushed it off. It’s only now that I have realised she was right.The year has been and gone and September is the next time I will see it, and the stress will come flooding back to me (ha).

It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago that it was my first day, and I felt physically sick at the thought of not knowing anyone. I like meeting new people, but I’m actually terribly shy the first time I go to a new place and talk to new people, for fear that they won’t like me or I’ll embarrass myself.

However, I sucked it up and began the travel to university for the first time… I’m not going to lie, the beginning of the first day I did not like it at all. I wanted to go back to the familiarity of Sixth-Form, where I knew people and the surroundings. The worst part of it was being completely alone, in a new environment that I had only encountered once, one open day, half a year previously.

About two weeks before I started university, I had met this lovely girl online thanks to the University Freshers’ Facebook page. We chatted over inbox and had arranged to meet each other the first day there. Unfortunately, our plans fell through, but we arranged to meet the next day instead. The fact that I already knew I had a friend in this somewhat foreign place to me, gave me a bit of comfort, as I knew I wasn’t entirely alone. Also, she was doing the exact same course as me which was extremely helpful.

She is now one of my bestest friends.

As I planned to face the day by myself, I began having a chat to this other lovely girl. We both got lost attempting to a find a building, and had met through that rather scary, yet amusing struggle. We became friends during the course of the day, going out for a Subway at lunch and going to the various induction activities together. It was at this point my initial view of university changed, as I knew I had made two good friends already, and that I was not alone in this new experience.

Needless to say, she is also one of my bestest friends.

People always say before joining a new school, college or university, “Of course you will make friends, everybody is in the same boat as you”, and I never believed them. But there is no one I know in university, that has not made at least ONE friend. I wish I had known that before I started.

The 1st semester was brill. I loved my timetable, the modules I studied and the new adjustment to my life was exciting and different. The assignments were of course difficult and stressful, but they did not take away what was so far, one of the best choices I have ever made.

I loved the independence, the fun and OF COURSE the Greggs café on the main campus (I’m surprised the employees didn’t send my friends and I a Christmas card).

The 2nd semester was not so great, however. The modules were not as enjoyable and I wasn’t loving my new timetable. Alongside this, I also missed a huge chunk of lectures and seminars due to personal sickness, and I struggled to catch up on the work I had missed.

Nevertheless, the 2nd semester was just a case of bad luck. I would definitely not let it put me off university, and I still love it just as much as I did last November.

University is definitely a fulfilling new experience. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go straight there after completing my A-Levels, because; 1) I didn’t have the confidence I would get the marks I needed and 2) as I mentioned previously, I was worried about being alone. I was thinking about taking a gap year, but really that was just so I didn’t have the worries until a year later.

Now, I’m extremely glad that I did not take a gap year, and went straight out of Sixth-Form.(WARNING SLOPPY SLUSH) I couldn’t have asked to have met better people, I have gained amazing new best pals who are like the funniest, loveliest girls you will ever meet and a great boyfriend who inspires me every day to work as hard as he does.

It is thanks to him that I am able to write this blog, something I have wanted to do for years. As he has his own successful blog, he helped me set mine up (I’m useless lol).

Not only did he help me in achieving one of my goals, but he also helps me every day with his endless amount of support. He has helped me an awful lot over these last few difficult months.

I can’t now imagine not having met these people; they are a huge part of my life and I love them to bits.

I really recommend university, it definitely changed my life for the better.

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