First Year Whirlwind


As of today my Summer has officially begun which obviously I'm super happy about, partly because I'm in desperate need of sun, sea & sand but equally because I've just handed in my final deadline of first year... like how is first year over already?!?

First year came and went in a blink of an eye, thinking back to this time last year I was SO nervous about even going to university and now I'm a third of the way through my degree.  Now I just wish time would stop for a while or at least slow down- like I'm not ready to finish first year so soon! It's mad when I think how much my life has changed in the last 12 months, the things I've done, people I've met, places I've seen, even just the thought of doing any of that a year ago would have terrified me especially doing it without family and friends from back home.



Going to Uni is a weird stage in your life because you're kind of an adult but at the same time your not- it's like you're between stages in your life. One of my friends who went Uni last year said to me "being at uni is like being in your own bubble" at the time I couldn't really relate to that but now I totally understand what she meant. University is probably the most scary, independent thing you'll ever do lets face it after all you move in with people who are effective strangers when your old friends and family could be miles & miles away. University is the place where you constantly surrounded by people but at the same time you can feel so alone, I was talking to one of my flat mates about this the other day and she said that was exactly how she felt too. It's weird because I always felt like I was the only one who felt this way but actually I've spoke about it to a lot of people lately and they have all said exactly the same thing.

I thought it might be fun to do a post about what I've loved about first year, I thought it would be cute for me to reflect on when I'm older but equally it'll be helpful if any of you are starting uni or college after summer break...

1. Being able to do what you want when you want. 
Probably one of the BEST things about Uni, because you don't have to ask permission to leave the house or have to tell your parents where you're going, who with & when you're going to be back. You're independent now, if you want to walk to maccies at 2am then no one is going to stop you.

2. No one nags you to do your work.
Okay so depending which way you look at this it can be a positive or a negative. This positive is that you can do what the hell you want to with your time but at the same time you don't want to be missing deadlines even though first year doesn't count.

3. Life really is sleep all day, party all night. 
And I love it! Never in a million years did I think I'd be the person who would love the 'mesh' but I do, SO much! Wednesday without Ocean or Thursdays without Rock City will never be the same, I've even grown to love a good old SU night out. Before Uni I rarely ever went 'out out' because it just wasn't my thing but now I can't go out enough- Summer is going to be weird not going out as much.








4. When the student loan comes in the shopping splurges start coming out. 
I mean I study fashion right- if that's not an excuse to shop then I don't know what is. Trouble is because I'm now so on top of all the upcoming trends it means I want to shop so much more. I mean where's the fun in saving anyway?

5. The simplest of nights can become the greatest of memories.
I have had so many great nights out at Uni but surprisingly some of the nights in have been just as great too. My flat mates & friends outside the flat have become some of the nicest, greatest people I have ever met- life without them would not be the same which is mad when I think I didn't even know them a year ago. I love them & who they've made me become.



6. The laid-back attitude.
Maybe this is just me but I've found in first year I've just become SO much more laid back, like if people don't like me then I don't care any more or if I make one little mistake then I don't spend the rest of the day beating myself up over it because at the end of the day the past is the past you can't change it. You'll never move forward if you keep on looking back.

7. The course. 
I maybe a little biased but I freaking love my course to the moon and back- when I see what friends on other courses do compared to mine I know there's no doubt I choose the right course for me. I mean come on who wouldn't love being surrounded by fashion everyday?

8. Cliche: Sense of belonging.
I cringed saying that out loud but it's true, university life makes you find where you belong in the world, you learn so much about yourself & others and it'll change you in a way more than you'll ever know. Back in school I never felt I belonged anywhere- I had a great group of friends but I just never felt I fitted in, Uni for me has been like finding a missing jigsaw piece- now everything fits together.

9. Better relationships.
Okay so I may not have found love in first year but I'm not talking about those sorts of relationships, I'm talking about the relationships you have with family & friends. It's weird when I go home it's like things have changed we don't fight & argue over the petty stuff anymore, yes we still fall out & argue but no where near as much. I think it's because you value the time you spend together so much more.

10. You realise there's more to life then the TV.
My Dad would always say this to me growing up as a kid. The second I came home from school the TV would be turned on without even a second thought but now I miss even my favourite shows like TOWIE because I just realised there's more to life than that now. I mean I still love it but before uni my life would revolve around the TV even social events but now the TV has to fit around my plans and if I'm honest I rarely even watch it. I am determined to watch Love Island when it comes back though #addicted.

11. Happiest you've ever been. 
Again very cheesy sorry but at uni I am happier than I've ever been, life just feels so right. Even when I'm not smiling people have said they've noticed a twinkle in my eye I've noticed too. In old photos pre-uni in some of them you can tell the smile is very forced but now I look at photos from uni and it's like my entire face is smiling. It's weird to explain but I just generally feel happier than I've ever been before.



First year has been a blast however roll on a Summer of fun, chilled out times before another year madness in the best possible way.

Before I go: I really want to keep blogging over the Summer because I have lots of exciting things planned- honestly I'd love to blog everyday but I'm not sure that's quite possible so I'll aim for 2/3 times a week.

Take care & I'll see you all soon.
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