Leaving University

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Today I have a different post lined up for y’all. On the 9th May I had my last ever exam for university and that was it, I was done. Now my results from my 3rd and final year are starting to come back and I only have my exam result left to collect. I wanted to share with you all what I have experienced since finishing.

For me, uni was not the ultimate experience like it is for a lot of people. It was very average and to be honest, I do feel like it was a waste of money or at least not worth the price. My course had lots of ups and downs and the overall experience was very tiring and quite frustrating. But, obviously I had some great times with my friends and thinking back on it I did learn a fair amount & this is gonna sound super cringey but I actually learnt more about myself/life/who I want to be as a person than stuff relating to my course and this is what I am most grateful for.

After finishing university I feel like the pressure has really been on for choosing what to do with my future career. I commuted to uni and kept my job from when I was 16 at the bar before moving to where I work now which is an independent business; I have been there for 1 1/2 years now and still enjoy it. I get to do a lot of visual merchandising as well and the general sales assistant duties, and love all the products we sale and I am currently being trained to do the ordering for the store that I work in which is so much fun, it is basically just shopping online and I get paid to do it! But, because it isn’t a new job that I have got through my degree I feel that gives room for people to judge me (not that I should care what they think!) but what I do try to remember is that my aim in life is to be happy and my job for the most of the time is enjoyable and I am happy there and feel there are some good opportunities ahead.

Basically, what I am trying to say is, no matter how many years you have been at university or college or whatever, just make sure you are making choices for yourself and not on the basis of what other people think. I always try to remember the following quote by the very smart Dr Seuss:

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

There are a few things that helped me through the past three years:

  1. Al (he really has been my rock)
  2. my family
  3. my girls Meg and J for going on this journey with me (I wish you girls the best wishes for the future and hope all your dreams come true, you deserve it so much!)
  4. James Bay for writing my favourite album in this world (Chaos and the Calm) which I have listened to twice a day, 3 days a week for the past year or so – This album has not left my car CD player and I played it on the 35-60 minute drive to and from uni. Before that, I thank Noah and the Whale, The 1975, Gabrielle Aplin and Taylor Swift for also joining me on the car journey and for creating music that really helped me get through a lot of assignments.
  5. I also would not have got through my last semester without ‘The Middle’ by Jimmy Eat World – this song really kept me geared on to keep going and inspired me to just keep being myself and trying my best. (Only I would thank music, haha)

I have no idea where my future is going and I am more than certain that I am going to stumble along the way, but I really hope it is full of love, laughter, and real, genuine, happiness.

If you are starting a new chapter in your life then I wish you the best of luck and hope all your dreams come true.

Love,

S

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