I can’t believe I’m finally able to say this but I’M A GRADUATE. Although the past three years at University have been stressful (let’s be honest, who wouldn’t be stressed doing a degree) I can honestly say I feel so accomplished, overwhelmed, proud – there’s too many words, I can’t think of just one. The three years pretty much flew by and it feels as if I only started last year. As much as I was stressed, it is true what they say – hard work really does pay off.
I went into uni with the mindset that I wouldn’t let it overwhelm me, but how very wrong I was. The experience was nothing like I imagined but was better in fact. Not only did I come out of this with a degree it’s taught me so much about myself. I was quite a reserved and confused student when I went in. I had no clue why I’d even picked Media and Cultural Studies, all I knew was that I loved to film, edit and write creatively. To be perfectly honest, I went started University so 50/50 about it, I didn’t even know if I wanted to be there. I guess that’s quite a normal feeling though when you start something new. All those nerves overwhelm you and you question whether you want to be in that particular place, but oh how I’m so glad I stuck to it.
In school I always pushed myself so I knew that when I went to University I needed to push myself even harder. I needed to push myself to understand what I wanted from my degree, to find my strengths and also my weaknesses.
The first year of University was definitely the most taunting. But please by no means, don’t let that scare you off. It was daunting in a positive way. My first year pushed my boundaries in so many different ways. For one, I hadn’t had to make new friends or be in a new educational environment for 7 years. So going into somewhere where I knew nobody was probably one of the scariest things I had to do. To be honest, that’s actually one of the things I was most afraid of as you may imagine. But those nerves die down after about 5 minutes of meeting everyone when you realise everyone else is in the same boat, nobody knows each other and it’s everyone’s first day. Once you get speaking to someone those nerves disappear straight away, trust me.
Secondly, the workload was a lot more independent than anything I’d done before BUT this actually became one of the things I love. Being able to complete your own work without someone looking over your shoulder every five minutes meant you could create what you wished to. Of course, you needed professional guidance now and then, but having the freedom to create and develop your own ideas is such a life lesson. This freedom of creating my own work led me to starting a blog, as it gave me the confidence to know my work and creativity was something I’m passionate about. The practical side to my course – the filming, editing, photography, writing and so much more – inspired me to create my very own work on my very own topics and that has led me to where I am today with my blog, which I am so grateful for.
Went off on a bit of a blogging tangent there didn’t I, but University really has made an impact on who I am today. I wouldn’t say its changed who I am as a person, but it’s brought me out of my shell and taught me a lot about going the extra mile and wanting the best out of life. It’s pushed me a lot and that’s something I wouldn’t have achieved without it.
After the first year was up, that’s when my workload got a lot more serious and hands on. From the minute second year began I felt like I’ve been in a constant cycle of essays and practical creations.
Now that I’ve finished, I feel the need to keep creating and writing. Being non-stop with a workload is something I now enjoy as well as keeping a busy schedule everyday. After all, that’s what I’ve been used to the past three years. Late night laptop time feels normal to me now and having the summer off means I have the freedom to work at my own pace, which is something I’ve been craving for a long time.
Overall – the three years at University challenged me in so many ways, there were good and bad times but every single moment was a life lesson. As much as I learnt how to film, edit, write and all things media, it also taught me about myself and I think that’s just as important. Its crazy to think its all over now but I have to say, it was one of the biggest but greatest challenges I’ve ever put myself through.
What helps you get your creativity flowing?
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