Tuesday, 21 July 2015


Time flies. It really does! I can't believe that I've finished my first year at university, and boy what a year it's been! It has definitely been one of the hardest, most challenging years of my life, but at the same time one of the most amazing, happy, and best year ever. I thought I'd just have a little ramble about my time at uni so far, what I've been up to, what I've loved and hated and what I've learned. Hopefully this is helpful/informative to those who are planning on going to uni in September, or maybe it makes you reminisce about your fresher days. 

What I've Done 
Man this year has been packed! I've joined many societies, of which I'm now on the committee for the showchoir society. I also joined badminton and sign language, both of which were really fun. I've dressed up as many different things; a sailor, a cat, a creepy doll, a minion, a where's wally, a 'mathlete', a baby, a hipster and the list goes on. I've signed the contract for a house share next academic year with five of my friends (now that makes you feel like a proper adult). I've become pro at healthy tasty student meals, something of which I want to blog about more next year. I've taken hundreds of photos, over 700. I've performed in two showcases, one in December and one in March. Both of which were bags of fun to do, but also so nerve-wracking! I've been to a gym, something I never imagined myself doing. I've been to a ball, Radio 1's Big Weekend and played in a touch rugby tournament. But one of the things that stands out for me is that I've made some of the most incredible friends, both people I've been living with, people on my course and people I've met through societies. 

What I've Loved / Not Liked So Much
I actually settled into being away from home easier than I thought I would. My university is over 200 miles away from my home town, meaning popping home for the weekend is neither easy or cheap. However, this distance has meant I've felt independent, and made trips home even more special. I've also loved my course, it is so interesting and I constantly feel inspired in the career path I've chosen. The amount of opportunities and things to do at uni is something I'm going to miss greatly this summer. Whether it's going for a swim 2 seconds away from your flat, or playing badminton on a Saturday afternoon, there's always so much going on. In terms of things I've not liked so much, washing your dishes gets rather tedious. Never did I think I would appreciate having a dishwasher as much as when I come home. Also, doing your laundry at the laundrette not only is uber boring, but has to be planned out to avoid the busiest times (and queues) for the machines. I cannot wait to have a washing machine in our house next year. 

What I've Learned
As I said before, this year has been one of the most challenging for me. Both in terms of academics and myself. I am not innately intelligent, and if I want to do well I have to work for it. Which is what I do. However, the jump from A Level to degree level is huge. In my option anyway. I've definitely learned that A Levels are still very much teacher led, they tell you what you need to know. University is so much more independent, and if you don't do that extra work then you'll fall behind. My academic writing style has progressed so much in the past year, and it's something I'm continually working on. But the thing I've learned the most about this year is myself. In sixth form I was the most confident in myself that I'd ever been. This year there have been times where I've been so lost with who I am, and it's been tough. But that is a journey I feel like I'm coming out of now, and I'm in a much better place for it. In no way am I the exact same person that I was before I went to uni, and at one point that really scared me, but now I've learned to embrace this change. People do change, they grow up, they are influenced by those around them, they mature. But change can be good. And that's the biggest lesson I've learned this year. 

So after that long post, I hope you've enjoyed reading. I honestly can't wait for my second year of uni, I already have so much that I want to do that I didn't get a chance to this year. But finally I'm going to leave you with a quote that really summarises my last paragraph.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new" - Socrates. 


  1. Great post! I just started back at uni for my 2nd semester! Totally agree about study being much more self-reliant, it's so easy to be lazy and fall behind without teachers constantly on your back! And WOO for badminton!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. Congrats on finishing your first year!! The first year is so so fun. Good luck for your second year and the excitement of moving into your new house :) xx

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Congratulations on completing your first year! I just finished my second and am now doing a year abroad. Your experience sounds so similar to mine I also moved such along way away but I've also made the best friends ever. I hope you continue to enjoy, grow and learn!

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  4. ninegrandstudent21 July 2015 at 21:27

    Congratulations on getting through your first year - now the hard work begins ;) I'm just finishing off my placement year ready to head back for one final year, I can't believe this time next year it will be all over!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  5. Congrats on getting through your first year hun. Sounds like it's been a difficult one for you, but all the more to be proud of right? Lovely post! :)


  6. Congratulations on your first year, you should be proud of yourself, must be difficult being so far from home



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