I honestly didn’t think I would make it this far to even write this blog post. But I am now officially halfway through my third, and final, year of university. How time flies when you’re (stressed, broke, starving) having fun right!?
I didn’t have high expectations when I applied to university, it was a last-ditch attempt to find out what I loved to do and what direction I wanted to go in. To be 100% honest, I’m still not completely sure on the latter, however, I now know what I love and hate about the world of ‘media production’. I’m hoping for some unexpected miracle, where I manage to fumble my way through life having a job that I love rather than loathe.
So, I suppose this is the part where I tell you all about the trials and tribulations of third-year. I can confirm that it is an intense mind f**k of emotions, stress and far too many deadlines. Although I can also say that, so far, it has been the best year of study yet. The freedom you get, although terrifying at first, really was great for me because it meant that I could focus on a project that I actually want to do and have interest in. It is also very refreshing to know the staff and fellow students well, feel comfortable with the city, and really have formed some solid friendships for life.
Don’t get me wrong, although there have been many occasions that I’ve returned back to my mediocre overpriced student house; to eat pasta for the third time in a week, and wondered why on earth I decided to go to uni. But in all honesty, this experience has changed and shaped me in such an amazingly positive way, that I couldn’t have experienced any other way.
I’m sure in just a few months time when I completely finish my degree, I’ll have some more to say about third-year, but for now, I just want to leave it here by saying…
If you have thought about going to university, do it for YOU, where YOU want, to study what YOU enjoy, and only do it if, and when, YOU are ready. This has been the best life decision that I have made so far, creating long-lasting relationships and learning invaluable skills for life. I don’t wish the money worries, workload or stress upon anyone. It’s been very challenging in more ways than one, but it has created the strong person I am today.