I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since I last posted on here, but it’s with good reason… because I only went and finally finished University! If you’ve been following me a long time, you’ll know my University experience has been anything but smooth sailing and there were many times I almost had to pull out (including a 2 year break) but after really knuckling down this summer, it’s all done. Last Friday I handed in my final assignments and the magazine I’ve spent ages working on (let me know if you’d like to see a post more about it) and I couldn’t be prouder of myself.
Going into University, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m generally quite an academic person, and achieved well throughout school (apart from my A levels round one but thats another story) as I love to learn. But unfortunately it wasn’t really the experience I’d hoped, and with family deaths, family illnesses, a two year break due to everything being too overwhelming and my own mental health issues, it’s been a bit of a struggle. From balancing being a young carer and often picking a collapsed family member off the floor (at one point up to 3 times a day… that was a fun few months), to spending my days commuting between hospital visits and university, things were exhausting. And there has been many many meltdowns that I’d never get my degree.
However, here I am, finally completing my time at University. I don’t get my final grade until mid-September, but honestly, the relief to be finished is enough. Between after all of the obstacles I’ve faced, I couldn’t be prouder of myself for battling on. For now, I’m feeling pretty exhausted. But I’m a tough cookie, and I now know I can deal with more than I thought.
ANYWAYS, I digress, I originally set out to write this post to share with anyone who may be in the same boat that I was last year. I wasn’t sure whether I could face returning to University in the September, scared I couldn’t cope with it. And I just wanted to say, that you can do it. For me, this year I asked for help. I went with to disability services and I was able to get a taxi to and from the campus (it only took 45 mins instead of 2 hours!) and it really made a huge difference. My attendance was much higher, and it was a huge weight off my mind. But the biggest lesson I learnt was to do what worked for me. I had to step back when things got too much, and I had to find ways around the barriers. It wasn’t easy, however it was doable, and here I am now – able to say that in a few months time I’ll be graduating. And boy does it feel good.
Plus taking this hiatus has made me realise just how much I value blogging. So with that in mind, I’m feeling raring to go with lots of new content I have to share. This is going to be my full time job whilst I’m looking to start my career (eek) so expect regular updates over on here and social media – finally! A whole new chapter is finally starting, onwards and upwards.