”University will be the best time of your life – don’t waste a single moment“.
These are the words my Mum said to me as I walked into my university halls as a bright, starry-eyed, slightly naiive fresher. At the time I didn’t think much of it, after all, being a student meant I could now do whatever I wanted to; of course it would be amazing. But two years into this journey and I can’t help but think back on her words and ask myself – is this it?
Is university what I expected it to be? Not in the slightest. Don’t get me wrong, some of my best experiences have happened here and I can honestly say I love my Uni. But I’ve also experienced some of the most difficult moments – from heartbreak to disappointment and loneliness. It’s amazing how you can be in halls with hundreds of people and still feel so alone. But I am grateful for all of it. Because it’s teaching me things about myself that I don’t think I could have discovered anywhere else.
Everyone‘s experience of university is different and I’d love to hear your perspective. The truth is I don’t know if University is the best time of my life. I feel like I need to experience more of life to answer that. But what I can say is that coming to Uni is a decision I would never go back and change. I’ve done things I never would have been confident enough to do beforehand. I’ve met the most incredible people who I hope to be friends with for years to come… and people I’d rather not see again. And most importantly I met myself and I’ve learned that I’m still in the process of discovering exactly who that is.
The Uni experience is what you make it to be, so like my mum said – so don’t waste a single moment.