5 Things I Will Miss About University

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This September I will go into my final year at university.  I just can't believe it.  Time has gone by so fast and it won't be long before I graduate.  I feel so emotional just thinking about it!  I don't want to leave the university and the city it's based in...yet.

I have had such a great time overall and I will leave university with some good memories as well as a 2:1 (hopefully!)  I feel (and will always feel) grateful and lucky that I've had the opportunity to study the course of my choice at an excellent university, and I have had the opportunities to pursue my passions and further myself academic.

Here are five things I will miss about university.

1. My course.
By the time I graduate I would have studied at university for four years.  In 2012 I started a foundation year in Social Sciences, which was a combination of topics in Sociology, Social Welfare (Social Policy), Crime, Politics and Researching Social Sciences.  I really enjoyed the foundation year and I gained skills which helped to prepare me for a degree.  My foundation year prepared me for a degree in a much better way in comparison to A Levels.

Then I went onto a (BA Joint Honours) Politics and Sociology degree, which has been very challenging and enjoyable in equal measure.  I am not looking to work as a politician or a sociologist, but I don't regret studying the subjects.  I have always had a massive interest in politics and the world, and studying a degree in these two subject and kept my options open.

2. Clubs and societies.
I go to a university which has a fantastic student unions (one of the best in the country apparently) and there are loads of clubs and societies to join.  I am a member of a couple of societies and I receive updates on a few others, and I have met some fantastic people and I have been able to pursue my passion for magazine writing and blogging by joining a magazine society.  I have also been on some wonderful social events and I've had so much fun!

3. People I've met.
Unfortunately I've met some horrible people at university, but like I mentioned before I have met some really good people through societies and I have had a lot of fun at events and gatherings run by the societies of which I am a member of.  Certain toxic people have tried to ruin my university experience but I always believe that you should never let the bastards keep you down.

4. Discounts and freebies!
One of the best things I love about being a student is the amount of discounts you can receive!  I love deals, discounts and savings, and I love freebies!  I love Freshers' Week (and other student-centred events) because you can get loads of freebies - it's great!  I have a 16-25 Railcard which is useful because I get discounted train travel, and I have an NUS Extra card, which I have ordered every year since I was in sixth form (except for when I was on a gap year).  I also have a UNiDAYS account, where students can get discount codes for fashion retailers as long as they register with their university email address.

5. Personal development.
Coming to university has helped to aid and support me in my stage of personal development.  Coming to university has given me the opportunity to pursue my passions and further myself academically.  I have been able to explore my hobbies, continue my passion for learning and figure out who I really am.  University has given me a space to grow as a person and just be myself.

I've had my fair share of ups and downs but overall I've had a fantastic experience at university and I will miss it when I leave.  However I cannot wait to graduate and start working and earning money.  It's time to start a new chapter, and I want to move onto doing other things, like travelling the world.

I won't stop my passion for learning though.  It shall continue.  University is not the only way to get an education, and there are so many ways for one to educate themselves.

You never know, I might go back in the future and complete a Masters course.  I might even try to get a job at the university!  Who knows?!

Watch this space!


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