28 Jun 2014

Be Your Own Boss.


Im not talking about Boss in a business term here, more of a life term.. We should all be the boss, taking charge of our own lives and being brave enough to try new things.

When Giff Gaff got in touch about this whole idea and asked me to write a post about a time I have made a big change in my life I couldn't say no, as being just about to graduate from university life is all about big choices for me right now. 

I wanted to write a little bit about why I chose to go to university, mainly because I see a lot of posts about why it's okay to choose not to go (which it totally is obviously, I just want to write about my choice to go!) and thought it would be nice to talk about the other end of the spectrum. 
I've been a university student for 4 years now, which is a heck of a long time and I do sort of feel spat out at the other end a fully grown adult with no idea what I'm supposed to do or even how to go about doing that now. I began those four years feeling very positive, I'd just completed my A-Levels and actually hadn't done that great, I'm certainly no Einstein and ended up panicking as no university was going to accept me. Without too much thought I ended up on the art & design foundation course at my current college, which was great as I loved it there and an extra year to study one of my favourite subjects in more depth was exciting. I really enjoyed the course that year, a heck of a lot more than I enjoyed A-Level Art (which felt like you were pulling teeth sometimes) there was so much variety and we took a lot of different classes from jewellery making & life drawing to graphic design. When it came to the end of that year it was an easy choice just to carry on to the 3 year Fine Art Course which was perhaps the most exciting of all as it involved moving away and into student accommodation! 
The past 3 years since have been a bit of a whirlwind, I loved first year and had such fun, I would love to just repeat that. I really stuggled with my second year for a whole number of reasons though and did consider packing it all in. Our flat was rubbish and caused me huge amounts of stress and then the actual course became really stale and uninspiring, I struggled to produce any work I was proud of and missed the variety of foundation year especially. 
When third year finally crept up on me it was quite the shock to the system, like right this is it your final chance, woman! So I knew I had to really focus and luckily it did pay off and I ended the year with a degree show I was really proud of. (though I haven't found out my grade yet so let's all cross our fingers and toes please)

For me university has been a real battle at times but I know sticking with it has changed my life in ways I'm yet to discover. Who know's what I would be doing right now without this experience... I started my blog in my first year of uni too and that alone has changed my life and lead to some amazing things for which I am extremely grateful for! 

What's your opinion on university?

*this isn't a sponsored post btw. I just really liked the idea.

2 comments

  1. I went to university and it helped me get the job I have today. However, it wasn't easy. Even though I wasn't, I felt very alone for the first year as I was quite far away from home & my boyfriend. It was all worth it in the end though.

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    1. I feel ya, it's been tough but I'm hoping it was all worth it! xx

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