I’ve just arrived back in beautiful Wales to start my summer break from university. Amidst the packing, moving and summer job searching, I have really been reflecting on this year at uni from everything I have achieved to the challenges I have faced. I do feel like my second year of university has been my year and will remain my greatest year of the three as I have thrown myself at every opportunity that presented itself and, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that it paid off pretty well in the end. As a result, I thought I would share the main things I have learnt and will be taking away from this year of uni.
Utilising your time is everything if you want to succeed
At university it can be difficult to balance your time – especially if you’re like me and have to hold down part-time jobs and pursue extra curricular activities alongside your study. I’ve learnt that if you want to get the most out of your time at uni, making the most out of each day is essential. An average day for me this academic year was a 6:30am alarm to get up, ready and catch up on any reading or work I had to do. This was followed by either a day of lectures or going to work, followed by the library for whatever time I had left before heading to set up my rehearsal room at 5:45pm and teaching until 10:15pm. In May I was also in the drama studio from 8:30am until gone 9pm at night running rehearsals or prepping for the show with the rest of my production team. So don’t be afraid to set you alarm a little earlier than usual – you never know what you could achieve with a little extra time!
Always say YES to a new opportunity if you can
This was something I promised I would do this year and boy am I glad I did. If your university is anything like mine, there is always an abundance of opportunity surrounding you. Just by making time and saying yes to every new opportunity this year I have managed to complete two important education training programmes on sexual assault and being transgender. I have also gained two new part time jobs (yes that does mean I have been juggling three jobs with my degree and Loco OOPS), logged over 300 volunteering hours and put together a performance that featured in the annual carol concert at Worcester Cathedral. I’m only going to have this university experience once and I’m a strong believer in making the absolute most out of it.
Your degree comes first
This is something I have learnt the hard way, as I chose to prioritise being musical director of my society over my course. If I hadn’t done this I truly believe that I would not have fulfilled my role to the best of my ability and I am not one to take on something and do a half arsed job. I am proud of the finished product and managed to achieve no module grade lower than a B (2:1) this year, but I will definitely be putting much more of my energy into my degree as I desperately want to graduate with first class honours. I need 4 A’s and 2B’s to get one so wish me luck!
I know who my true friends are
I started this year with a totally different friendship group. People I once thought were my friends now do not speak to me and people I never thought I would be friends with hold the biggest place in my heart. I now have the best friendship group a gal could ask for and wouldn’t change it for the world. As a group, we have faced our fair share of challenges from others but always come out stronger and closer than ever. I truly believe that you meet your friends for life at uni.
I am grateful for my upbringing
Unfortunately, the reality is that bitchy, nasty, rude or ignorant people do exist at university. I used to believe that we all mature and grow out of the schoolyard drama phase but I have definitely been proven wrong this year. Some people will literally have a moan about anything. I’ve learnt so much about myself and am so grateful for the way I was raised to treat people.
How to be an adult
It sounds stupid but this year I feel like I’ve finally started getting the hang of this whole adulting thing. I moved out of halls into a house where I am responsible for paying my rent on time, looking after the property and earning my keep. I’ve insured a car and widened my driving horizons and with them my confidence. I’ve also been much more independent, only going home for the holidays rather than relying on my family. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m getting there. The next step is Alex and I officially moving into our own house!
Who am I?
If you’re also an avid musical theatre fan I hope 24601 was the first thing that sprung to mind, if not that’s okay. What I really mean is that I feel I am really come into my own this year. I know they say you ‘find yourself’ during your twenties, but I feel like I have really found myself as an individual this year. I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in, have developed a strong set of morals and feel so much more confidence in myself and my abilities. It can only get better from here then right?
I realise I have been rambling on for agessss so I will leave it there. Thank you for baring with me and I hope if you’ve been to uni you can relate to a few of these.
What’s the best thing you’ve learnt in life so far?