Reflections | On Finishing University

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last month or so – even though it feels infinitely longer – has been a very busy and pivotal moment of my life. The stress of my dissertation that I worked on for 8/9 months finally all came together, my final year exams done and dusted, and I get my results in less than a month and find out how much all of this hard work has paid off. So now what?

I haven’t really dabbled too much in these ‘lifestyle’ posts on the blog, but since such a crucial chapter of my life has just ended, I had the urge to get all of my feelings down on paper – or rather my little space on the internet. For those who don’t know, I studied English at university, and now after three years and having read an enormous number of books, I am finished. And it’s all rather overwhelming.
I am sure that any of you reading who went to university can relate to what I’m experiencing. I feel as if in such a state of limbo; my whole life has been dictated around education, and there has always been the next stage of that to work towards, but now I am completely done with all of that. I never thought I would say this but I am honestly going to miss education so much. There’s something about a prescribed syllabus and the knowledge that you know you will be learning something new or reading a new book that is comforting. Now it’s all down to me…
The unknown is always inevitably unnerving – I have no fixed plans, I’m about to throw myself into the real world and I have no idea what is going to happen. And it’s okay to admit that you’re afraid of these things because change is scary and sometimes all you want to do is stay in the exact state you’re in now. But change can create the most exciting times of your life and it’s important to remember that. I may not know how I am going to fund myself in this world and whether I have to rely on my parents again for two months or two years, but boy am I excited to find out.
Yes, I’m scared, but something I’ve learned about myself is that when I’m the most scared about an important changed in my life is when I truly begin a new exciting chapter. So, here’s to the future, whatever it may hold…

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