Updated: Aug 26, 2021
University, where do I even start? Everyone tells you how it's going to be the ‘Best years of your life...’ and ‘This is where your journey really begins!’. Well, that wasn't entirely true in my case.
I started Uni in 2018, I moved 3 hours away from home and to be completely honest I went into ‘the best years of my life’ whilst nestled in a toxic relationship. The world works in mysterious ways because not even halfway through the first semester I got dumped, became sick and found myself in A&E a couple of times, I didn't have many friends, my grades weren't great and I was even considering dropping out of university and moving back home to become a bartender for the rest of my life.
Flash forward a year and a half - I’m in the final year of my degree and on track to achieving a high grade while surrounded by some pretty amazing people who I know will be in my life for a very long time.
The last year and a half didn't go swimmingly; COVID hit and I am sure we’re all sick of hearing about it but it did have a huge impact on my uni life. I went into second year where I had just started experiencing ‘the best time’ when it was all cut short. On March 14th 2020 my mom picked me up as the country was due to enter the first lockdown. It was very scary at the time. I remember standing in my flat kitchen with my best friend as we cried not knowing when we would see each other again. I am also in a new much healthier relationship that was brand new when COVID hit. It was 5 months before I got to see him and my best friend again.
Uni went completely virtual, with zoom classes and lecturers not being available when you need them the most, the new norm now I guess? I passed second year and because my course was a 4-year course, I was due a placement year but that was also cut short due to the pandemic. As a result, I moved straight into my final year. So here I am. In my last year of some of the ‘best years of my life’ having had a rollercoaster of experiences and emotions.
Looking back, there are some things I definitely would have done differently but at the same time, if I didn't go through everything that I went through and wasn't forced to grow up quickly then I wouldn't be who and where I am now. The great thing about having so many lessons in life is that you can learn from them and grow. Picture this, I pitch at least 5 different business ideas to my boyfriend a day and I'm sure he is sick of me saying “I can do that”, “I can make this” but he entertains the idea and we have discussions and debates. My best friend and I go on walks all the time and laugh about ridiculous things that might not seem that funny and have a girls wine night.
Now I'm not sure about you but I definitely prefer this over not talking to anyone and keeping to myself in a small room. Bring on the next chapter!