What I've Learnt from University


With graduation looming, I had a thought of what university has actually taught me.

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I'm not talking about courses, exams and endless reading lists but what three years of University have taught me about myself, people and life.

Firstly, University taught me that you will meet people from all walks of life. These people will include those who will be your friends, those who will be your drunk friends, those who will you will dislike and those who you will simply recognise when passing them.

These people will affect you in so many different ways that I cannot even begin to explain. I have met the most wonderful people and I have met the worst kind of people. Even though they are opposing in my opinions, they each have changed my life.

When I arrived at University, I would not have necessarily called myself a nice person, I had made plenty of mistakes and I had become a person that I did not like. I changed and you will too. Expect change because that is all of the process of getting older, embrace it and learn from the mistakes you make. Learn to accept life's challenges and understand that there will be friends from your past who you will lose, but that's okay, because you will make more friends, friends who will be better, I promise.

Secondly, on the subject of mistakes, you will make plenty of them. Trust me, my mistakes in university have been plenty in number and generally, I don't regret most of them. I have accepted them and I have mostly learnt from them. Don't fear making mistakes because you need to make mistakes to learn about life; so if you did kiss that guy or had an argument with that person, or even did something as stupid as climbing up on a table or have one too many shots on a night out. Do not hate yourself and think that others will hate you too. I know you'll be embarrassed but it will pass, move on because everyone else will and one day, you'll be laughing about it too.

Thirdly, you will form relationships and break up in relationships and you know what, it isn't the end of the world. Heartbreak is part of life and fortunately the pain you feel is not permanent. I know he seemed like the perfect person for you, but he was the perfect guy then. You will meet someone else and they will be the perfect person and maybe they will stay the perfect guy or girl or maybe they won't. It is okay though because whatever happens, you are still here and you will still be the person you were. So cry, get angry, get drunk, mess around but remember to come back to who you are, because you are the number one priority in your life, not anyone else.

Fourthly, Never ever sell yourself short. I spent so many years believing that I was not worth anything. I let people treat me badly, I let guys treat me badly and I loathed myself so much. It was finally when I came to university that I realised that this simply isn't true. You are worth everything and more, you have exactly the same chances as everyone else and you deserve the same happiness as other people. It may sound cheesy or cliché but never let anyone tell you that you are not worth it, because you are, you really are.

Fifthly, Do your work. Seriously, I am notorious for leaving things till the last minute and believe me if I could go back and do it all again, I would definitely have put more effort into my work. Have fun and go out but make sure you make time for your work because it really is important.

Sixthly, Learn new things and experience everything. Go out and try something new, join a strange society, take up a new hobby, go out to that gig and go on that holiday with your friends. This is one of the only times in your life when you really can go all out on the experimental, so do make time for trying out new things. I learnt to cook and bake, I started kickboxing and yoga, I went to Ireland, I've been to gigs and I've joined a couple of strange societies. Take advantage of what is around you and do not be afraid of the unknown.

Finally, be happy and healthy. Take some advice from me, do not suffer in silence. If you are unhappy with your course, people, accommodation or anything, tell someone. You are not there to be unhappy and there are plenty of other options available to you, you can transfer courses, you can move accommodation and you'll always be able to make friends. If you're struggling with work, there are people there to help. Do not let your mental and physical health suffer, look after yourself and remember that it is in the university's best interests to keep their students happy and healthy.

As a graduating student to a possible, new or current university student, good luck and have a drink on me.

As for me? Thank you Leicester University, you've given me three wonderful years and I cannot wait to see what happens next.