On Friday the 4th of November I officially became a graduate. I left university in June and I’ve been in full time work ever since, so it was both nice and slightly strange to go back to Chester and close the door on student life.
I only went to uni to study psychology because I was interested in the subject, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I have wrote a post about my current job role and how I have (very luckily) fell into a job that I love. I thought it would be nice to reflect on the three
long years I spent at uni, and the life lessons it has taught me.
Being different to others is absolutely ok
Have a different opinion to others? If you didn’t know already, that’s perfectly fine. Uni has taught me that being different to others is ok, and a very normal part of life. I learnt to just do my own thing without the worry of what other people may think, I like going into coffee shops on my own and writing blog posts, if you’re not into that then that’s cool! You meet people from all walks of life in uni, and it’s important to give everyone a chance.
Don’t doubt yourself
Before university I was the type of person that needed constant reassurance – I never felt good enough. I would go to my dissertation meetings thinking I was on track for a fail and nervous that my supervisor would be disappointed – when I really didn’t need to be! My motto now is “fake it till you make it” I realised that if I keep putting myself down and lacking in confidence then I wouldn’t get anywhere.
Friends are really important
I went to uni having a fab group of best friends from home, and I’ve left still being really good friends with them! I met some people at uni that I really got on well with, but things just didn’t work out. Before then I never realised how upsetting it can be to loose a friend you care about so much, it’s like breaking up from a boyfriend! I’ve learnt to concentrate my efforts on people that care about me, that has made my life much happier and certainly put me in a better place.
If you’ve been to uni what life lessons has the experience taught you?