University - My Experience

As I have been doing a series of posts to help you gear up for your start at University, I recently watched Lily Melrose do a video on her experience at University which inspired me to write this blog post. I thought that she was extremely brave opening it up and being completely honest, it is far too easy to say it was the best thing that has ever happened and University is the important step to take.

I had no doubts that I wasn't going to University, for me it was something that I had been extremely looking forward to and would be the biggest step to get me into a career I have longed for, for many years. I've been lucky that I knew that I wanted to be a Sports Journalist since I was in either year 8 or 9 at high school and did everything in my power to get my place onto University whether it was by doing placements to prove I was good enough being a female going into a mans world. 

However my journey through the three years were not the easiest, there were many ups and downs and feelings of if I was doing the correct thing. I remember one evening when I was sat in my room wondering if being at Uni was the best thing for myself or if I should drop out and work my way up from the bottom. Looking back I am extremely glad that I stuck at it for many reasons, firstly I have a degree behind my name to hopefully start my dream career, but the main thing is that I grew as a person. 

Ever since I was younger I have always been very shy, I would be too afraid to talk to new people as I would worry what they would think of me as an individual. Meeting my boyfriend in my second year and working at the SU Bar in the third year has given me the confidence to not worry about what people think about me and be brave and go out in what I want to wear etc. I had no choice but to talk to people I wouldn't think would get on with me when working, plus they were drunk so the conversation was questionable on occasions but funny too. I am much more outgoing which is essential for the job that I want to go into but also sets me up for the future too. 

However staying at University might not be the correct thing for everyone, seriously sit down and talk to someone, your lecturers, family and any adviser to see if things can be changed slightly or your course is not right. 

University is how you make of it as an individual, the choices you make and the friendships you choose to have. If its not for you then thats perfectly fine, if it is and you have a little struggle please stick at it. Most of my journey was extremely enjoyable I had a lot of good times and if I had the opportunity to do it again then I would. 

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