An Honest Opinion: My first semester at University

My main goal for 2017 was to pass my A Level exams and receive good enough grades to get into my first choice university, and I managed to do exactly that! Now that I’m here, I’m loving almost every minute of it so I decided to write a post about my first semester and the experience I’ve had so far.

The main thing I love so much about uni life is my timetable and how much free time I have. Don’t get me wrong, I also have a hell of a lot of work to do which consumes most of that free time, but I also had a hell of a lot of work to do from my subjects I studies at sixth form and a hell of a lot less free time to do it in. I feel so much less under pressure and relaxed compared to how I did this time last year.

I also love the independence that comes with uni life and being treat like an adult (although I might not always act like one). My main issue with sixth form was that I found it hard to do my own thing and was forced into revising/earning in ways that didn’t work for me. Although I’m certainly not as independent as some of my friends who have moved so far away from home, the amount of independence uni has gave me has made me so much more of a happy person.

I absolutely love how close my university is to home, since I didn’t move out. With it being literally fifteen minutes down the road, I don’t have to wake up at stupid o’clock in order to get there in time and actually get home before dark (a mind-blowing concept when it used to take me an hour, sometimes more, to get home from sixth form on the bus).

Another massive plus side of uni life is that my day is so much shorter than it was this time last year. Because I have such a small timetable compared to sixth form, with some days on my timetable lasting literally two hours, it means I’m so much more willing to learn. At sixth form, by last lesson I was tired and couldn’t think of anything else but my bed. I have the attention span of a goldfish so this is helping me out so much.

One massive downside I’ve found that has come with starting uni is that I often feel pretty isolated and lonely, as much as I do enjoy that independence sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I have made friends and I surprised myself at how quickly I made them, however I miss seeing my best friends on daily. I hate having to wonder when I’ll next see them, since I used to see them literally every day. We don’t even live far apart, literally minutes from each other but it’s difficult to arrange catch ups when we’ve got such different timetables. As much as I used to hate sixth form with every inch of my being, I’d go back and relive it if it meant I could see my friends so often.

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Thanks for reading,

Emily X

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