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Look who's back. Finishing university.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016
It feels so nice to be back with Archie laid by my side writing a blog post. I must apologise for being absent for the past 7 months, however, now my student life is over I have more time to sit down and get creative again. I may also be a bit rusty so if this is all over the place again I'm sorry but my blogger brain has been switched off for a long time.

I've finished university. EEP!

So this is the most important thing. That first day at university when everyone tells you to cherish and make the most of your time because it will be the quickest three years of your life. They weren't lying. From the start of uni to now I'm a completely different person. Both my educational and personal journey have massively impacted my life and made me a much more confident person. In the space of three years I went through heart break, betrayal, lost a very close family member and had uncountable breakdowns due to stress, anxiety and the work load I had and I am so thankful that they all happened. I know life doesn't get any easier from here and having to deal with all those things whilst doing a degree and a placement and holding together my life and a part time job (and at one point 2 part time jobs) has made me such a stronger person.

There are so many cliches about university "it'll go so fast, you'll find your friends for life, you'll find your career path" blah blah blah, but they are cliche's that are actually true. I don't want to turn this into a message of 'if you don't go to uni you will never get any of those things' because that is not the case at all. Some people are meant to go to uni some people are not. I was one of those people who were meant to be there. I know what career I want, I met my friends for life and yes I am now sat here thinking where did the last 3 years of my life go?

For anyone doing a journalism degree or thinking about doing one the only advice I can give is be prepared. Be prepared to work under pressure, to really short deadlines. Be prepared to turn up to class and be sent out knocking on doors to find stories. Be prepared to shove cameras and microphones in strangers faces and find out about their lives. Be prepared to have the most hectic insane 3 years of your life because you don't get any breaks in the world of journalism.

I put so much pressure on myself these past 7 months and was trying to push myself to please other people instead of myself and that was the wrong thing to do. I was waiting for my essays thinking how I would tell other people if I did bad or what will they think if I fail? And in the end the answer was, no-one really cares as long as you are happy and healthy. The run up to the end of uni is the most emotionally draining time of your life and I'm still not fully over it. In fact it's upsetting writing this, I think it's finally sunk in that it's all over, all my friends are going back home and those amazing people I saw everyday and shared three years of memories with won't be around anymore. All I can say for anyone who is going to be in my position next year, start everything early and make time to enjoy your last months at uni because I certainly didn't.

I am glad it's all over though, I couldn't have gone much longer in education and I'm ready to start the next part of my life. I'm so thankful for all the opportunities I've been given, for the people who have come in and out of my life, taught me lessons and helped me grow.
I'll be continuing my blog as normal now and I'm looking forward to bringing you on some of my adventures over summer, Colour run, Glastonbury, graduation, my 21st, a surprise trip that I know nothing about yet. I'm so happy to be back and I hope you all come back and forgive me and join in on my adventures!

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