I’ve been super MIA for about a year…
For unknown reasons, I thought once I make a blogpost about being really motivated, healthy and looking like i had my life in order, that was all i could blog about. In reality, I havent ate as well as I did this time last year, since last year, I havent felt as organised and in control since then either.
But I feel like I finally have my creative juices back in order and I wanted to write a blog post about a few lessons I learnt while at uni, my experiences and lessons but I’m sure people could relate.
◊ Trying hard gets you… somewhere.
As a sociology student I could completely disagree with myself here and state many arguments for why trying hard might actually get you nowhere. But from my own experiences in the last two years I can confidently say that trying hard can get you somewhere. (My current somewhere is getting good grades but it can be related to anything, well I say after I got a 2:2 on what I thought was my best essay yet).
My sociology teacher told me on results day 2015 as I cried about the fact that I didn’t get into Manchester uni, that it’s best to go to an average uni and be the best rather than a good uni and be very average. So that’s what I aimed to do.
Not to toot my own horn, but I’m doing pretty well at uni, but I also try very hard. I’m not naturally clever, so i have to make up for that and then an extra.
But like in life, if you genuinely try to work on whatever circumstances might stand in your way, you will eventually get somewhere and achieve what you set out.
Of course, you can have the people who do not try at all and still get it all, but that’s a very small minority. So keep trying.
◊ It’s okay to be selfish
If you don’t want to go out, don’t.
If you want to stay in your room and cry at engagement videos on Facebook, do it.
I think when you come to uni, you make the decision to pay 9k a year + on average 4k for your accommodation, you can be as selfish as your heart desires.
I think this one took me awhile to realise, because I felt bad every time I missed a night out, but i prioritized working to fund my summer.
If your friends ditch you and start losing interest just because you choose not to go out and drink, they’re not very good friends.
◊ Living alone is another ball game, as fab but as sad as you can imagine
This one applies to living that little bit further away from home.
Living alone/ living away from home is honestly fab.
No-one tells you what to do, how to do it, when to do it etc..
But you also miss the sight of your dogs, parents and (old) bedroom (or if you’re like me and dont have one anymore).
I live close enough to uni to be able to commute really but doing it for 2 years in college made me sick of buses and Victoria Station.
3 things that are different when moving out:
- Your food will never be as good as a home cooked meal, probably using the same ingredients and all but it wont be as good as when your parents make it for you.
- Your dogs become a bit hot and cold, every time I come home I either get the biggest welcome or a slight ‘meh’ (a bit of a jump/ lick and that’s it). It’s only because they know you’re leaving again soon.
- You can never imagine really fully moving back in, the sad truth for me is that I’ve always been independent (apart from relying on dadtaxi) and visiting home is fabulous but lives go on and rooms are repainted and you no longer really have your spot. But that’s okay because I’ll be graduating at 22, so that’s old enough to make the big move into living completely alone.
◊ Money disappears out of your account, every single day.
I used to consider myself to be pretty good/reasonable with money, however this, uni is VERY expensive. Even for those who get a big loan.
Socialising? £15-20 a week
Eating? £10-15 a week
Bills? £10+ a week
A roof over your head? £86+ a week
A deposit on your next house? £200
A short break to Italy? £450
It adds up, it is true in the sense that on a weekly basis you can spend as much or as little as possible but its hard. I’m absolutely fine with living in my overdraft when it comes to funding my holidays but when it comes to a night out, I’ll pay for food with 20ps that I’ve saved for 4 years.
Thanks for reading, if you’ve managed to read it all or even if you read the first sentance x