Elegant Ending to a Memorable First Year

Good Morning World!

My first year at Univeristy has come to and end. This past Saturday I packed up my University dorm room and headed back home. It was heart breaking. Leaving a room to which I lived in for one of the most exciting years of my life. I cannot emphasise enough how fast this year has gone, or to think about how scary it will be that come September I will be a second year student.

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It is true that all good things must come to an end… at least for now! I am acting like I’m leaving forever but in reality I will be back in couple of months. I just hate goodbyes.

On a serious note thought, Univeristy has taught me so much in only a year, and I have no doubt these lessons will continue. I have grown up and changed considerably since last September, it has aided not only my educational growth but my own personal growth. There are things that I have achieved this year that I never would’ve ordinarily thought would happen. Everything has been for the better.

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I have come to make so many new friendships, some I know I will treasure throughout Univeristy and for many years to come. I have become part of a society which has helped me considerably with my confidence and allowed me to meet many more new people.  I am surrounding myself with people who are like me and can accept me for the weird, bubbly person that I am.

I know, I know! It’s only first year! First year’s, yes do have a fair bit of work and exams, but for most Universities it counts for very little if any of their degree. I still have another couple of years before I finished this wonderful journey, but as this year has demonstrated it is approaching far sooner than I would’ve thought. It seems like less than 2 minutes have gone by when I was awkwardly standing in the halls on Freshers week trying to make friends with every face that walked by.

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The end of the academic year is the time to reflect, not just our own personal development but on how others around us have shaped who we are. At the time I thought I hadn’t learnt much about myself, but the reality is looking back I have. Academically I know I could’ve done better, and there are many things that I know now that I will change going into my second year. Things like doing more outside reading, or writing up the lectures as soon as I get it, rather than just having a nap (we all do it). Saying that there are also things I am proud of this year, and hope will continue through my years, things like putting myself out there a little more and not being this shy awkward girl standing in the background.

First year was one of the best years of my life. This is one of the easiest statements I have ever had to say. I am looking forward to what the next couple of years have to offer. Bring on second year.

Love Georgina xx

 

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A Happy Little Catch Up

Good Morning World!

Life has been a little chaotic recently. Big changes have occurred and ultimately my little blog has taken a back seat, apologies. But here I am finding the time to blog (something I have been yarning for) a thing that has become a treat and not a dependency these last couple of months. The main reason for my loss of time has been that I started university. I have moved to another part of the country and I’m living in a flat with 6 other people. This concept is still very bizarre to me, and I have only now started to adopt my own routine with these lovely people in my life. Its so crazy the amount of things we take for granted when living with our parents that we now have to do yourself, including the obvious’ like food shopping down to more unthought-of chores like de-scaling the shower head. My life has changed so much in such a small amount of time.

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I first moved to university in September, moving day is such a blur to me; although so is the first semester, little things like having to do a food shop, meal plan and budgeting have been a bore. The assentation into adulthood became a little more real. Who knew flying the nest was going to be this complicated? I’m only talking about the sheer entity of living without my parents and I haven’t even started to think about the idea of work and university in general, but let me tell you it is a lot more work than I thought it would entail, but thank heavens for first year. I don’t know what I would do if this year did actually count towards my degree.

Although this new chapter in my life is amazing and I am enjoying every minute of it now that I have gotten over the initial homesickness phase, there are still so many things that I miss about being at home and there are still times when I long to be cuddled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate watching some silly gameshow with my family but as I have come to realise those special moments are getting fewer and fewer. I guess this is part of growing up, having to fend for yourself and realising that those moments should be treasured more than you think, (a little deeper than I intended for our morning catch up but heart types what it wants). It has been lovely though coming back over the last couple of holidays and I have realised that my relationship with my family has matured and there are less petty disputes that use to take up 75% of general conversation.

In addition, due to my Seasonal Affective Mood I have only just come to realise how much love I have for University and how much I have missed blogging. Like every year my blog gets a start up at the beginning of spring and my memory of winter becomes a black hole. But now, I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather be than sat in my flat with all my lovely new university friends. Its fair to say that since the weather has been nice I’m a happy little bean. Its gotten so bad that I don’t even want to go home for summer, my love for constant company as become a love and my once thought introverted self as disappeared.

I thought this general catch up would be quite fitting considering I’ve been in hibernation all winter, but there is so much more going on which I will reveal in later posts.

Thank you for reading

Love Georgina xx

My First Year at University Goals

Good Morning World!

So as it would seem, Saturday marks my first day at University! Well that isn’t strictly true as that is only my move in day, and my first day of lectures doesn’t actually start until the 25th but it is my first time in a new city, and my first time living on my own with a house full of strangers. Sounds neat! Not! Its scary!

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There are so many things that University has to offer, and so many exciting new changes. I have been waiting longer than most to go off to University, I’ve had a gap year and I’ve spend said year contemplating my future, figuring out what I want out of life and living and working in the real world. This past year has been more than beneficial to me and although I cannot wait to jump into my University experience, I wouldn’t have changed anything about that year, because without it, I wouldn’t be where I am.

Looking at what others have achieved out of University got me thinking what I want out of this first year, and how I want to achieve it. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are a few things I want to achieve in my first year at University.

  • Make lifelong friends
  • Get on with my housemates
  • Not be in my overdraft
  • Although try not to worry about money
  • Be certain I am studying the right subject for me
  • Keep up a high grade average through the year
  • Get a first in my degree, although a 2:1 is great too
  • Attend every lecture
  • Feel proud of every assignment I do
  • Find somewhere I fit in
  • Join a society
  • Step out of my comfort zone
  • Don’t live off microwavable meals and frozen pizza
  • Join a gym
  • Be healthy
  • Don’t miss out on anything
  • Go with the flow
  • Be the person everyone wants to be friends with
  • Don’t be background noise
  • Keep up to date with blogging
  • Without letting it affect my studies
  • Budget
  • Don’t let distance ruin my relationship
  • See my family as much as I can
  • Stay in touch with old friends
  • Don’t be afraid of what others think
  • Stay fashionable
  • Let others know about my blog, its nothing to hide

There are so many things I want for my first year, and there is nothing I want more than them all to come true. Its a big step in my life but I’m so exciting to begin this journey. I have waiting for this all year, and feel more than ready to start this experience knowing exactly what I want out of it.

I am ready for anything.

Love Georgina xxx