Picture: Bower Ashton reception. Credit to GinkgoProjects, as I’m nowhere near talented enough to take a picture like this.
Somehow, three years of university have flown by and today marks my final official day of lectures.
Although, we have been in a tutorial period for some time. Ahem.
I came to Bristol back in 2014 with the entire Wilko Student Essentials range and a Skins-esque lifestyle in mind.
OK, so while I’m far too boring to have realised this – how did they manage to party so much? – it’s been a real blast.
(Note: I still have some of my 99p cutlery, win win).
Sure, it’s not always been plain sailing, but what is? A few minor fights and floods along the way have done wonders for character building.
In seriousness, I wouldn’t have changed any of it for the world, so here are ten of the main things I’ll miss about being a student:
- A tiring ‘full’ day of lectures that lasts a maximum of 4 hours – including lunch. How am I ever going to survive 9 till 5?
- Having the time to explore a beautiful and vibrant city like Bristol, then realising you’ve only just scratched the surface after three years.
- Being thrown into a new flat/course/life with a completely random selection of people – all with different backgrounds, interests, music tastes and cleanliness – and somehow making it work.
- Napping my way through everyday of first year, then sitting myself down and devising a plan to stop myself napping (sadly, this actually happened).
- The ability to eat cereal at 5 past 4 in the afternoon while wearing your pyjamas and escaping the experience judgement free.
- A bottomless drawer of Domino’s vouchers – which typically expire the day before you want to use them. While more accurate, Two-for-every-time-you’re-hungover-and-in-a-state-of-deep-regret just doesn’t have the same ring to it as Two-for-Tuesday.
- Turning up to your lecture hungover as hell, falling asleep half way through and waking up to the lecturer eyeballing you (Tip: DO NOT do this post-university, you will get fired).
- The condensed academic year. You liked the 6 weeks off that school gave you for summer? Have that just for Christmas. And we all know how enjoyable the 3 month summer break is. SO MUCH TIME FOR ACTIVITIES.
- Every night is a student night, somewhere. The venue of choice might be stale in smell and sticky floored, but at least the drinks are cheap.
- And finally, the thing I might potentially miss the most. That beautiful boost to my bank balance three times a year. Of course it’s My Student Loan. Sure, it was swallowed up almost immediately by extortionate rent and frequent shopping trips, but didn’t my balance look nice for a while.
So, while I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges the next chapter of my life is going to bring – it’s safe to say that my time at university really has been the best three years of my life.
Sounds pretty dramatic, but university really has changed me as a person. I’ve learnt so much – through life and uni – and I’ve met some incredible people along the way.
You never know, I might’ve got a degree out of it all too. (TBC)
Cheers UWE, it’s been a good one. X