Three Years Later & University is Finished!

Three Years Later & University is Finished!

As I sit here typing this, I actually cannot believe how fast three years has gone. In a flash, I've lived both my best (and sometimes worst) experiences of my life and, in a strange twist of events, am finishing all this in Lockdown in my student flat. Not quite the boozy-emotional-over-the-top celebrations we all had in mind, but there isn't much we can do about it now. I wanted to write a post simply as a little keepsake for myself, as I often have done with big events. A little keepsake so this time next year or in the year 2025 or whenever I'm feeling reflective, I can click back to this and read just how amazing university was and how it all weirdly ended during a global pandemic  - that end part certainly wasn't in the script!

(please excuse the terrible quality of the above picture; my student flat has zero natural light & no garden, so a grainy, hallway shot with my laptop was as good as it got for a picture haha!)
 A few blog posts back I spoke about how moving university was my fresh start, (far) away from home when I so desperately needed it. It was a little bit of a gamble, coming to uni two years after you're technically supposed to, and moving 300 miles away from little Anglesey in North Wales to Epsom, Surrey - but I wasn't the first or certainly the last to do it. But, I cannot describe how amazing the gamble paid off.

In the last three years I've made the absolute best friends I could've imagined, loved every minute of my Fashion Management and Marketing course (obviously apart from the odd deadline and shit student accommodation, but that's something you just take in your stride isn't it!!) and genuinely would not change anything. I feel like uni changes you as a person, definitely for the good. I was generally an independent person before I moved anyway but I feel the fact that I can casually jump on a train into London and do whatever I need to do, is huge for a girl who grew up in the middle of nowhere in Wales. I feel like my confidence has sky rocketed and I'm so happy for it.

Overall, there isn't one specific highlight I could say was the best, there is simply too much to mention. I've had a handful of amazing trips with my friends, had the funniest of funny drunk nights, where my snapchat story memories will forever remind me of the funny times. Enjoyed too many nights to count at our Thursday 'student' night Karaoke-night, drunk off pre-drunk £3.59 straw hat rosé from Savers. Completed a 6 months internship that was both the hardest but the most rewarding experience ever as well as completing my degree being on track for a first (if we ever get told when our rescheduled graduation is!).

And so after all this, I'm spending it on Zoom calls with my friends, drinking Prosecco all day in my flat with my boyfriend, with a Papa Johns pizza being delivered by 7pm. 5th of May, the last day of uni, wasn't near the big celebrations I had planned, but sometimes that's how life works out. Maybe this is exactly how it was supposed to be, but not to get too deep or anything, I'm a real believer in 'things happening for a reason'

So today, May the 6th is my first day not a student, with very limited job prospects for at least a few months. Am I nervous?! of course, but what will be will be. I'm going to take the next few months, whilst I still am contracted in my student flat to do everything I never had time for before. Update this blog more, take some online courses, just generally trying and enjoy this slower pace of life. Of course, applying for any job that pops up will come before all that, but I'm trying not to panic too much about the future.  I just want to bask in the fact I finished university and had the absolute best time there was, and I have to say I feel like the luckiest person ever right now. Cheers everyone, I did it!!
x

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  1. Ahhh congrats Lisa!! I actually can't believe we're both graduating! its actually gone so fast! enjoy your free time <3

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    1. Thank you so much!! Honestly doesn't feel really I'm all finished - look at us smashing it and graduating this year, absolutely love it xxx

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  2. Congratulations!! I wish you all the best. Enjoy the time off at the moment and wishing you all the best of luck with your future! I loved university, and readinh tour highlights made me think back to all my drunken nights out! xx

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    1. Thank you!! I'm crossing my fingers everything works out with jobs etc. I can only hope - yeah I've had too many drunk nights out, probably one of the best parts of uni haha! xx

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  3. This was such an uplifting read. Congrats on finishing and good luck with everything to follow- once we get back to normality you're going to have to have a belated boozy celebration!

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    1. Aw thank you so much! yeah 100% need a massive celebration when Lockdown lifts to make up for it haha! x

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  4. Congratulations!! This is such a lovely read, I'm all for everything happening for a reason too. Best of luck for the future!! <3

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