"Nearing the end of?" what I hear you ask. I have finally reached the end of my first year of university. Well, in educational terms, Canterbury Christ Church students (CCCU) will be at the end of their second term next week, but for those who do not have any exams in the summer (me)...SCHOOLS OUT!
It has been an amazing 6 months to say the least. It feels weird saying that my first year is over and yet I have only actually been here for half that time. So in respect of the "Fresher" role coming to an end, I thought I'd dedicate a post to it.
I have come a long way since September '14. I remember collecting my house keys and struggling to open the door to my new room because of the amount of bags I was carrying. God, I was scared. And emotional. Very emotional.
I met a blonde haired, really tall girl named Charlotte first. That's all I remember thinking of her - "Woah, she's tall." We actually met in the kitchen. To this day she still says how awkward she felt when I hugged her when I was introducing myself. To be completely honest, I didn't really know what to do, it was either a hug or a hand shake. I just figured that usually a hug always works. Then after all that, I met my other housemates, Eilish, George, Karan and Will. Will didn't really like the idea of university once he moved here so we soon were given Josh as a replacement. I'm referring to him like a piece of furniture but we get on well reeeaaaaally. Hahaha!
One good thing about coming here was that I had found Eilish on the CCCU facebook page, so we were able to start chatting before we had met. It definitely made me feel more at ease when I moved in by already knowing someone. Even if it was through social media. I must say, I did have to wait to hear her introduce herself to others, so that I knew how to pronounce her name.
On that note, I do have a few tips that might be quite handy to those who are deciding whether university is a good option or not. Here they are...
1. You meet loads of new people. I've heard quite a lot that the friends you meet in university are usually the ones that stay with you for the rest of your life.
2. Gain sooooo much freedom and independence. I mean, if you're not a good cook then you might find it a bit difficult but you have no parents telling you what to do!
3. FUN! At least one person you know will be up for either going out or doing something. You're basically living with your friends and having a very long sleepover! There is parties, alcohol, film nights, day trips out and the regular family food shopping trip
4. You;re getting a degree so it's more likely that you'll pass, get a job and be RICH.
5. Gain confidence. I for one have grown massively in confidence. I mean you're moving to a completely new part of a country, you need confidence for that!
1. Money can be an issue. You've got the debt of student loans to look forward to whilst also trying to budget how much you can spend on food and nights out each week.
2. Do you like your sleep? BE WARNED. Your sleeping pattern can easily get messed up with late nights. They just go so quick!
3. You've basically agreed that you want to stay in education for another 3-7 years, so you feel like you have to make an effort for the money. Well, I do anyway.
4. You miss your friends, family and boyfriends/girlfriends/partners like CRAZY
5. You don't get your Mum's home cooked meals every night. That's torture.
I hope that is somewhat useful. One thing I will say is that being at university makes you really appreciate the time that you do get to spend with your loved ones.
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Till next time,