As we are almost halfway through September (which is honestly crazy, like WHERE has the year gone?!), most people are back at school after a fabbb long holiday, and I hope it is all going well for those of you back at school! However, as I finished Year 13 this Summer, I’m off for my first year of university THIS FREAKIN’ WEEK and I’ve got alllll kinda feels about it.
Over on my Instagram (@thoughtfultash for those of you wondering- lol please go follow me I’m actually working hard on it!), I asked you all to give me some questions for me to answer about university. I was planning on making this a super juciyyyy Q&A here on my blog, but I honestly think I’d rather just be real with you all and actually just chat about how I’m really feeling about this big change in my life while answering your questions amidst it all! To be real with you all, I’ve tried to write this post about three times because 1. I’m in a super weird mood and 2. because there is so much to talk about and conflicting feelings. Therefore, I decided to make this post into a basic list of things I’m concerned about and things I’m excited about LOL.
Money, money, money
A huge aspect of university is the fact it is unapologetically freakin expensive. Each year is going to cost me £9,250 in tuition fees and I also have to pay for my accommodation, food, books and everything else under the sun. Don’t get me wrong, I know I am so lucky to be able to go to university, and as I have been saving up for so long, I will be able to afford it all. However, just the general stress of having to budget things, get a new job and paying fee deadlines on time is STRESSFUL.
When you’re at school, you know everyone in your class as well as what you’re going to be taught and the content is pretty easy to grasp. But, with university, although the topics we are studying look AMAZING, I am pretty nervous about starting them! I do have some experience with some of the concepts, but others I have NEVER studied whereas others will have. Everyone on my course will also be super clever so I know I’m going to have to work harder than I did in school in order to stay on top of everything and achieve good grades!
My whole life, I have been a very ‘homey’ kind of gal. I enjoy chilling out at home in my cosy, familiar environment with my family. I used to get very homesick when I was younger and dread moving out. However, now I’m 18, I believe that I am ready to move out and be independent. I’m not worried in the way of cooking and cleaning as I’ve been doing that for years at home, I’m more concerned that I will just miss my family in general. I know I can LITERALLY see them whenever I want on Facetime or just get the train home, but it is going to be weird living without them all. YES families and siblings can be SO annoying, but I think there will be times when I do miss it a lot.
Going to my dream university
The university that I am going to had been my favourite university throughout the whole process while I was in Sixth Form. I had visited multiple times in my spare time as well as school trips and I fell in love with the whole vibe there, the courses, the location and just how NORMAL everyone was. When I truly think about it, I am SO incredibly lucky to be going to it as I was offered an unconditional place at this university which was the first time they had ever given them out as they are a Russel Group University. I genuinely am so excited as I know this is the perfect place for me to be and I plan to grasp every opportunity I can while I’m there.
Living in London
For the majority of my life, I have lived in London (well not IN the centre of London, in a borough of London- we had the iconic red buses okay? lol) but two years ago we moved just a bit further out, so we were no longer classed as ‘in London’. Within these two years, I’ve realised how much I really do love London and how much I used the public transport. As I will be literally living RIGHT IN LONDON, I am really looking forward to exploring new areas, trying new places to eat, going site-seeing and omg, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON. In the future, I am hoping to work in London so I can’t wait to study there too!
A New Chapter
I have loved the past seven years of secondary school/sixth form, but I am just SO ready for something new. As I’m moving out, it really does feel like a fresh start and a new beginning as I’ll be learning something new, live in a new place and be spending the next few years with a whole load of new faces who will soon be my friends (lets hope anyway ahaha!). Sometimes I feel like its very easy to feel almost STUCK in life as everything is always just the samesamesame; routines, job, house, family, friends. For a while, I’ve felt a bit like this and I cannot explain how excited (but also nervous!!) I am to start this new chapter of my life and just simply enjoy the ride.
As you can see, I’m feeling a whole lotta emotions about university- but I am definitely more looking forward to it than anything else, I really can’t believe that it has come around so fast! I wanted to write this post as I did have a lot of you asking questions about my university journey, and also just to let everything OUT of how I’m feeling! It’s going to be a crazy ride but I simply cannot wait and I’ll be sure to share how I’m getting on both here and on my social medias!
Are you at/planning on going to university?