My first semester at University has officially ended and I am driving back to Somerset today. It has been such a journey over the past 3 months and I don’t know what to think about it, how has the first semester already ended? Time has flown by. I remember my first day arriving at University. I was only with my mum and to be honest I wasn’t even nervous. Throughout the Summer I had been so busy to even think about stating University, until I actually arrived. It was Sunday 17th September, Mum and I unloaded all my stuff out of the car and I entered into my new home. As soon as I walked in the flat was a tip and that was when I realised that I had arrived a day late. I was so upset about it because I was thinking I am the odd one out, they all had a group chat before we started that I was not in, where they all bonded and I just felt so left out. I went into bathroom and just cried my eyes out. My first impressions of my flat mates were not the best, I was not similar to anybody and my first night out was horrific. We went to watch Lethal Bizzle and Cameo and I spent most of the night all on my own.
Something that I have learnt in my first semester a University is to not judge a book by its cover, the people I first met at University I am not even friends with now. But through the months I have bonded with some great people. On my first day at University I met this girl called Bethan and we spent the whole day together. When she went off to a different seminar group, I sat on the smoking area step, all on my own and rang my best friend Jess. She goes to Aberyswyth University and I just needed to speak to a friendly voice. I had never felt so lonely and on my own through the whole first week, but that was when I bonded with my flat mate Katie. You have probably seen her on my blog before but we are now the best of friends. I have made many course friends who I spend a lot of my time with and other girls from around Bournemouth.
University is a huge huge step up from College and I am very glad I have stuck it out. If I could do anything different, I would of spent a lot more time out mingling through freshers, because that is when everybody is out to make friends. The only problem I had was that at that point I did not have anybody that I really enjoyed the night out with. Everybody bigged up freshers as if it would be the best week/2 weeks of your life but it really is not. I have had so many amazing nights out afterwards because now I have so many people in my life that I love to spend time with.
I have never had this much freedom in my life and to be honest I didn’t know how to handle it. When I was at college I had a part time job which filled up a lot of my time, where as Uni I am only in 3 days a week, with not that much work. So on my days off I don’t know what to do with myself and unfortunately this has made me extremely lazy. I am finding it very hard to fill up my time, where as at home I am very motivated. A tip to give any Uni students is to not waste your time, if you don’t have any work to do or you are bored, go and socialise. Don’t spend lots of time on your own in your room, because to be honest you do go into a bit of a rut.
2 weeks a go, the girls and I found a house together! I am living with Katie (my flatmate), Maddi (I kind of knew Maddi from home due to mutual friends) and Ellie (Ellie is also from my area.) I am so excited for us all to move in together next year as we have become the best of friends. We have even decided to go on a girls holiday in the Summer! Although I have only lived in my accommodation for 3 months, living with people with such different personalities can be very draining. So moving in with girls I have so much in common with, will be amazing!
Coming to University has made me realise who is my real friends back at home. Because I have made so many girl friends at University it makes me see who has my back. I have definitely matured through University, although I do rely a lot on my parents, I can now look after myself and feel very secure. I believe this is probably the best place in my life I have ever been (apart from the amount of weight I have put on).
I have wanted to go to university ever since I was a little girl and it is the best decision I have made. Leaving my home town has made me realise the world is a bigger place and I am excited for life!