Okay so today is my first day of summer and it is sad to say my first year at uni is now over. These last 9 months have gone faster than ever. I clearly remember sitting on my bed back home and thinking finally all my stuff is packed.
I remember pulling up outside my new accommodation like it was yesterday. I really cant believe that the year has gone so fast. Whilst it has been one of the best years if my life it has been one of the most interesting and valuable life lessons I could ever have.
Well let me put it plain and simple, I have lived in a box for the last 9 months. Whilst it has been hell, I have recently come to find peace and serenity in my prison cell like room.
oh and there’s also the fact I had to share a bathroom and kitchen with four strangers and keeping it clean can be a pain. With inspections every other week, allocating jobs became a difficult task with a lot of miscommunication. However we got there in the end and I was allocated the bathrooms. Of course. *eye roll *
“I miss my mummy”
I will not lie to you and say I didn’t get home sick. I thought i was the type of person who would love living away from home and enjoy every minute away from my parents but let me tell you, this year has been the first year I have truly valued my parents. One tip I would give to everyone who goes to uni, is to make a collage of all your friends and family back home, not only does it keep your homesickness at bay, it reminds you of who you are. I surrounded it with leaflets for nights out I had been on. Heres mine:
I missed my bed SOOOO MUCH! Oh my gosh! Every time I went home it was like I was reunited with my best friend. Oh and there’s that too, missing my friends. Going to a new place and not knowing anyone can be hard, but it is then you truly find out who your real friends are, the ones who make the miles in-between you seem non existent.
It can be hard at times but you also make new friends.
No New Friends…no no no
Canterbury did not make it easy or comfortable to make new friends at uni. I wont lie they did try, on the first day we were given t-shirts that looked like this:
And we were told to mingle. Yep that didn’t go very well and it was just an all round awkward night. However I did meet some amazing people and make some great friends throughout the course of the year.
The Uni Workload
If you decide university is the place for you, PLEASE make sure that you are doing a course you will enjoy because trust me the work load is going to hit you like a tonne of bricks and it will be hard and those deadlines are no joke, so you better prepare yourself for it. Oh and there’s exams. You will find a spot in the library and you will go there everyday and it will become your home till exams are over. You will spend some long and ruthless nights in the library trying to finish a past paper till 3 am. So prepare your self as I did.
Students are peasants
Okay so each year at university cost 9 thousand great british sterling pounds. However you also get maintenance loan, which is supposedly meant to allow you to live. I’m just going to let you know, it is the most pathetic loan you could ask for. I barely survived off my student loan. So don’t expect to be out buying nice fancy new clothes because you wont be able to. Even if you do, the pathetic washing machine/dryer the university gives you will shrink it right up.
However no matter how broke you are always stunt for Snapchat and Insta. Hehe
Food glorious food
As I said before, money is tight so food is a good place to save some money, if you want a night out at the end of the week. But theres a limit. There has been times where I have had a stash of food to die for and cooked meals like a pro.
And there has been over times where I have had to struggle and live the thug life, when the cupboard is empty:
(Yep that is Mac and cheese with a sausage roll for dinner. Don’t judge me)
However one good thing about university is you can control your diet and you can focus of exercise and health a lot more. Signing up for the gym has been one of the best decisions I have made this last year.
A big part of uni is the nightlife and of course that is sometimes a main reason people enjoy university and I must say I have learnt my drinking limits and let me tell you it hasn’t always been the easy way. £1 Jagerbombs have been the number one cause of me stumbling home at 3 am. As such:
But yes going out can be a lot of fun but always make sure you drink with caution and ladies keep an eye on your drink because not all men just want a quick grind 😉 None the less have fun, dance all night, even in the disgusting toilets.
WHO THE HELL AM I?
The best part of university is finding out who you are, it sounds silly, but after 19 years I still wasn’t quite sure, what I wanted in life and how to get it. I still don’t really know but I’m secure in the fact I’m on the path of finding out. At uni I have learnt a new things about myself everyday even if it’s a little thing like I enjoy washing up a lot more when I listen to DJ Kenny allstars bashment mixes. Or it can be a big thing like my most effective way to revise it to write perfected essays and learn them off by heart. Either way I have learnt a lot about myself and I have pushed myself above and beyond all the limits I thought I had. And so now I love dancing in my room alone and spending time with myself.
So thank you so much Canterbury for an amazing year, cant wait to start my Second year journey in September.