Friday, 27 June 2014

And So I Leave You With This...

First of all, have you heard the news?? I mean if you haven't then where have you been?! So it turns out that that dissertation I handed in, you know the one that I freaked out about for 12 months, cried about it, blogged about it a hundred times and my degree rested upon it, yes that one....well....I GOT A FIRST! Y'know what else?.....I AM OFFICIALLY GRADUATING WITH A 2:1!!!
I have also managed to get myself some paid marketing work experience over summer that will involve blogging activities.
All in all, this past week has been an incredible fairytale for me. Not to brag but...I'm kind of a big deal right now.
And so here we are. The final chapter of my student life. I have spent the week saying goodbye to all my favourite people in York and I am packed to leave today. I can honestly say graduating is one of the worst bitter sweet feelings I have ever endured. I don't want to leave university. There is so much I am going to miss. I've explained it all here so that's my experience. This post is my final words to you future students or current students. 

Give it all you've got
If you come to university expecting endless parties, days spent hanging and living on your sofa with a pizza box permanently attached to your hand then university is the wrong place for you. Not to sounds like a party pooper, yes you will be getting drunk, having wild nights and doing some crazy ass things but that is not why you are there. Every day counts, so make it worth it and go the distance.

Don't be the stereotype
Kind of overlapping from the last point, don't be the stereotype that is expected of students. I hate it when people assume I am lazy, waste all my money on alcohol, spend all day in bed etc. I library'd 8-4 every day, I spent most nights in with my housemates, I spent any days off shopping, being creative and exploring, I was always weeks ahead with my reading and I started my deadlines months in advance. I never did all nighters, I never left anything to the last minute, I didn't go out regularly, I never stayed in bed, I never 'winged' it. I can honestly say I had the best time at university and I do not regret a single day. Don't be what is expected of you. Do what you want to do and what you need to do to get where you want to be. It will all pay off eventually.

Define yourself

University is the chance to find yourself. It took my three years but I did it. I found what I loved and I gave it all I got. I, as my housemate keeps telling me, have 'blossomed'. I finally know what I want to do with my life and what I need to do to get there. Discovering this is an incredible feeling and I only hope it lasts and that I don't get lost on the way....which lets face it, with me, it's inevitable...

Never give up
This has to be the most important. Never ever ever ever give up. I will be honest in saying I nearly did. I nearly walked away. I nearly called my parents and said I can't do it anymore. It wasn't worth the heartache, the tears, the sleepless nights, the anxiety and the depression. What a stupid stupid thing to think. This year for me has been so so so tough and I pulled it off. I kicked all the crappy darkness in the face and told it to shove it. I got there. I got a first in my dissertation when every inch of my body was telling me to stop trying. I am graduating with a 2:1 when every thought told me there was no point. Never. Ever. Give up. You are worth more then you will know. 

Thank the losers

Okay let's be honest, every third person you meet at university is an asshole/psycho. Do not let them stand in your way. If I had a penny for every arsehole that was horrible to me at uni I could probably fund my way to a postgrad course. But as I have said in previous posts, I am grateful they did it. They were my drive. I wanted to do better then them, not just in academic work but in life, and I sure as hell did. I had the best 3 years with the greatest of relationships with friends and academics alike. I smiled as they watched on enviously of my happiness. You know what they say, the best kind of revenge is living life well

Be unique

Another overlap, just because the losers beat you down for being who you are does not mean you should change. My uniqueness in my interests and passions lead me to routes no one had gone down which in return lead to my success. In other words, If I wasn't such a Twitter addict I wouldn't have a bloody good dissertation, a career path and this blog. Stick to your guns and go out blazing.

And so I leave you with that. From now on all student related talk will be when I work on Moving out is so painful I am not sure I can quite take it. There have been times when I hated university and I quickly learned it wasn't what I thought it was. I could not do it again but I am glad that I did it. I have made the best friends, had the most incredible opportunities and it really changed my life for the better. It is heartbreaking to know that this time I leave I really am not coming back. This is the last blog post in the place where it all began. My dissertation supervisor has suggested I come back and do a masters next year or the year after. I don't think I should put him, you guys, my blog, my parents or myself through the truama all over again...I mean, there only so much 'oh my god my degree has gone tits up' blog posts the internet can take ;) 

Farewell student Laura, it has been the real shits and giggles. 


  1. That's wonderful! Congratulations! Getting a 2:1 is awesome, you should be so, so proud. Well done Laura, sending hugs x


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