It’s been a while since I graduated from university now, and while that time’s past I’ve had a bit of time for reflection. Last week I spoke about things I’m teaching myself right now, and with that, I thought about everything I’d learnt in my three years at university.
Let’s start light. Yes, before uni I never knew how to do the washing. Now? I’m basically a domestic goddess – cleaning, washing, hoovering, I am ready for adulthood. I’m still yet to master the iron though, shh.
Over the last 3 years I’ve learnt that I really love my own space. I spend a lot of my time in my room, not because I’m unsociable (ok, maybe a little), or weird, or because I don’t like anyone, but because sometimes my own space and my own company is great, and it’s just what I need. Equally, sometimes it’s the worst possible thing for me, and I’ve worked this out too. I now know when is the right time to lock myself in my room and when to get out and spend some time with some mates.
Living with others at uni can be a bit like living a nightmare. You’ll soon realise some people are just animals – they don’t have much awareness of cleanliness. Some simply weren’t brought up in the same way as you were and that’s ok, it can just be a bit of a pain in the arse when you’re a total clean freak like me.
If there’s any time in your life to have little cares, be spontaneous and to reach out of your comfort zone it’s your years at university. I’ve learnt that at the end of the day what will be will be. I’ve figured out what is worth caring about, and what is not so much.
Throughout uni I’ve pushed myself, academically and personally, and I’ve grown as a person. I’ve done the impossible and got a first in my dissertation, secured myself a job, been out on nights I wasn’t really sure about, joined clubs where I started alone and found my best friends at the end of it. You know what? I am brilliant, and if I put my mind to it, I can do pretty much anything.
What are your plans? What do you want to go into after uni? So many questions which I don’t, and still don’t have the answer to. It’s ok to not have it all figured out. I always thought by the end of my degree I’d know my exact career path and be able to work out where I’d be in each stage of my life. But here I am now, just as clueless as I was 3 years ago. It’s totally ok to have no idea what your plans are. Just be open to new things, have some options and dip your toes in whatever interests you. I’m a strong believer that I’ll end up where I’m supposed to be eventually!
University is far more than learning in a classroom. I’ve learnt far more out of the lecture theatres than I have in it. For me, I strongly believe I needed to be shipped off to university to learn life skills and learn who I was. I’ve come out with 100 times more knowledge of skills outside the classroom than the knowledge I gained from within it.
Did you go to university? What did you learn?