my university experience

November 06, 2017

Crazy story guys... as of yesterday, I have graduated from university. I'm not even being sarcastic! The thought that I have actually graduated is so bizarre to me and I just don't know where the time has gone! I'm sort of freaking out but anyway... here is a bit of word vomit of my reflection on the time I spent at university.

At the time I never really valued what I was doing, but looking back I am actually so proud of myself for sticking to my course, doing the hard yards and now walking away with two bachelor degrees (and a massive HECs debt) under my belt and so many optimistic career opportunities in sight. A special thanks is owed to my 17-year-old self for (what felt like blindly) choosing a course and career that I love. 

In saying that, I fully support people taking gap years, deferring and choosing different career paths along the way. My boyfriend finished his first year of uni and then realised he didn't know what the hell he was doing there when he knew he wanted to do a trade. I think there is a lot of pressure to go to university, particularly because of the level of accessibility we have here in Australia, which is so amazing. But if you're not set on a course, don't enrol in one just for the sake of it... learn a bit more about yourself and you never know where you'll end up on the road less taken.  

Like I said, time abso-blooody-luotely flies! I remember thinking in first year how the hell am I going to get through three and a half more of this and fast forward to present day and I seriously can't believe it. I personally found it quite difficult adjusting to uni life at first. I found meeting people hard, the weird class schedules were difficult to manage and (I know this random) adapting my essay writing skills to suit what university facilitators wanted had its challenges. However, it does have a happy ending. I still had a few friends from my high school and have met some amazing ladies along the way who I know I'll be friends with for many years to come. I learnt to love the freedom of having big blocks of weeks with no classes and then having to smash out a 5hr lecture in one hit.  I also got into a groove with essay writing and (pro-tip) made myself a template which I used for all my essays to get that high distinction!

I think eventually I will go back to uni to further my study, but like waaaay down the track in many years to come! Right now I'm really looking forward to having a better work-life balance and not having to wear that nagging feeling when I'm procrastinating an assignment or whatever other mountain of coursework I have to do.

All in all, I'm a little bit sad to see this chapter of my life close, but at the same time, I am so excited to see what the future has in store... and to stop living the #poorstudentlife.

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