University: The End

It feels like only a few short weeks ago that I trailed around Wilkinsons buying pretty much the whole store. It doesn’t feel like too long ago that I was waving goodbye to my parents at the door of my first university halls. It seems like yesterday I was ringing my mum moaning about the state of the kitchen, that I was getting excited about moving in with friends, that I was stressing about silly first year exams.

 photo 2016-02-05 22.25.02_zpsomq5lpev.jpgAnd now I’m done. Finished. Just like that, university is over.

I’m not too sure that it’s fully sunken in yet.

 photo 2015-12-08 12.03.46_zps7ankjz1y.jpgThere’s been times I have regretted coming to university, particularly throughout final year. When I’ve come off the phone in tears from another rejection-at-final-stage, when I was facing graduating without a job. When I couldn’t get my head around a topic, when I sat in front of a past exam paper and literally couldn’t attempt more than a single question. I was honestly ready to give it all up. If someone had given me a ‘get out’ card, I would have taken it like a shot. Yet I pushed through. I got there. I’ll know whether it was worth it on results day in a few weeks, but right now I’m just proud for actually finishing.

 photo 12565358_10153494959529541_4248232404245365900_n_zpszpriqbcz.jpg photo 12928260_10208990115207633_3061852101778561310_n_zpsy8kwrykq.jpg photo 2016-02-14 15.21.08_zpsgdvanwj9.jpgAnd despite those difficulties, there’s been far more good times. The best friends I’ve made for life, the girls who will stand alongside my sister as my bridesmaids. My placement year, and the confidence it gave me. Surviving long distance, and coming out with a wonderful relationship, stronger than I could have wished for. The fact that I can ‘do’ maths. The dream job I have finally secured for September.

I may not have been a conventional student, with my love-hate relationship with alcohol, my positive dislike of going ‘out out’ and my preference for an early night with a good book and a cuppa. But I wouldn’t have changed my university experience for the world. I’m excited for what the next few years bring, but right now I’m holding on. Holding on to living with my girls, holding on to living in Canterbury. It’s gone far too quickly.

What did you feel upon leaving university?

  • Congratulations! I can remember being in the same place with prospects at the end, sadly I didn’t get a post grad Medicine place, but I found another interesting career route and still managed to become a “Dr” 😉 Spending another 4 years on top of my UG makes it that I only really finished uni last year!! I found it very hard leaving, but you kinda become a bit institutionalised by it all, I tried to leave, but my new job is back at a uni, because I think I’ll be more comfortable there. Plus it’s a very pretty campus 🙂 I’m sad to be leaving my uni friends though (a lot of us either stayed in the area or did PG too) but I’m sure we’ll keep in touch, I can be very persistent! Haha. Good luck with your new job and well done for finishing uni, it’s not easy at all! x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Well done again on your PhD! So relieved to have finished, definitely no more uni studying for me (just three years of professional exams!) x

  • Congratulations for finishing your degree! It can be so tough sometimes, but pushing through and finishing makes it feel ten times better. Enjoy your final weeks in Canterbury!

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    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you! x

  • I finished my degree last month too, and I honestly dont think its hit me yet! Luckily I found a job within two weeks of my last exams.. But facing the prospect of unemployment was terrifying!
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    • ninegrandstudent

      It was horrible, so glad I got something! x

  • This was all so familiar to me, I can’t believe it’s 2 years since I graduated myself! It’s probably the scariest/most uncertain time as there’s no ‘next step’ of go to school, go to uni, go to college. Best of luck with the new job – finding a position as a grad is always so tough and competitive!

    Jasmine xx

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    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m sure the next few years are going to fly by, super excited! x