Hello everybody and welcome to day #48. Today, we have a guest post from the lovely Saar from walkingthroughthepages.com and she is talking about her experience of university and why she loved it as much as she did. If you would like to get to know Saar a little bit more, all of her links will be at the end of this post. Anyway, let’s get started:
So here’s a quick disclaimer for you. Starting university? It scared me senseless. I went from going to high school about 5 minutes from my home to living, semi-permanently, 3 hours away from home. From knowing some of my friends since I was 2 to literally not knowing anyone in an entire city. From having my family there always – sometimes up to and including the point where it got annoying – to, well… Not really seeing them all that often. I’m not that good at dealing with changes, and university was basically nothing but one giant change.
So I spend probably the first month just sort of being intimidated by everything and everyone. The amount of people, the amount of buildings, the amount of stuff you need to take care of yourself in a semi-healthy manner…
All that being said, I just graduated university after 6 years of “being a student”, and it’s definitely been the best of times and the worst of times. (Random Charles Dickens-quotes, that’s what you get for studying literature!). Over-all, though? I can genuinely say these were the six best years of my life so far. And here’s 6 reason why that’s true!
- The people
Now if you’re lucky, you met some great friends in high school and/or primary. But let’s be honest – the main factor keeping you together in those friendships, is usually the fact that you see each other every day. The big thing about college is that you get to choose what you study – and so did everybody else. In other words: for the first time, you’re surrounded by people that, most likely, you have at least one thing in common with.
- The liberty
Whether you’re moving into a dorm, an apartment or commuting, there’s a certain liberty to going to college. For me especially – as I already said: everything I did was in my hometown. Starting over, not seeing the same people every day? It’s liberating. Being allowed to figure out what my schedule should look like, what courses I want to take, what I want to do in my free time… It’s a lot of choices, but that’s also a big liberty. I mean, really, how often am I going to be free from mortgage, jobs and all that jazz now that I’m graduated?
- The security
Also known as: why that liberty is so much fun. Because you do still have some security. Even though you are away from home way more often than before, you do still have your home. You’re still, in many ways, a child. Or at the very least – you’re not completely an adult yet. Sure, you’ve got to vote, probably. And odds are you can drink now. But you’re also still allowed to make mistakes, retake test, change your major and fall back on the home front. In high school, all of that seemed to be in constant overload, at times. In college? You start to appreciate it again.
- The schedule
This might just have been my major, but I had like 12 hours of classes a week. That leaves a lot of free time. And of course, there’s a lot of set reading, assignments and studying to do in all of that free time. But for what felt like the first time ever, in college I could really decide what my schedule would look like. No more being stuck on 8 hours of school a day, followed by music classes every other day and homework to fill up any little hole left in that schedule.
(I’ll be honest here – I got stuck on the “free time” and kind of forgot about the “do stuff with that free time”. Don’t do that. It resulted in a lot of failed tests. Just – learn from my mistakes :p )
- The knowledge
This may make me sound a little geeky, but you know what? I’m totally fine with that. I loved learning new stuff. Mainly because I was no longer being force fed classes like geography, biology and physical education which, you know… I couldn’t care less about. All my respect if you do enjoy those subjects, but they just really weren’t for me.
At university I got to choose what I wanted to study. Sure, there were some set classes, but those were a vast minority. For the main part, I breathed literature and linguistics and I loved every minute of it.
- All the little things
And there’s a lot of these. Staying out till the sun goes up. Dancing the night away with friends. Playing ridiculous versions of board games and just laughing until your stomach hurts. Discovering the best place to get a kebab. Weekly dates to catch up on your favourite series. Meeting new people every day, even though you’ve probably been in the same classes for months. Hanging out in the cafeteria. Joining a student club. Spontaneous picnics in the park because you’ve all got one hour in between classes. Getting creative with your money at the end of the week because you spent it all on something silly on Monday. Random pizza parties. Random sushiparties. Finally figuring out what the shortest way is to that one hidden auditorium. Philosophical conversations at 3 a.m. with some random person you met on your way to the bathroom. Waiting in line for an hour to get ice cream from that particular ice cream shop when class let out early because it was so hot.
There’s so many little things that, individually, don’t really seem too important. Until you add them all up and realise that – looking back – university was amazing. Terrifying and stressed and drowning in the work load… That too, at times. But the things I’ll remember? Most of them happened outside of class. Usually without any planning, sometimes very random and most times quite insignificant.
I loved it.
I would like to say thank you to Saar for writing this blog post. It’s so lovely too read about of the amazing things that can happen at university because, especially with the nerves building up for university, it’s so positive and allows us to focus on the nice things that are about to happen. Saar is a wonderful writer and if you would like to discover a little bit more about her and her blog then her links are at the bottom of this page. I hope you have enjoyed today’s blog post and I will see you tomorrow for the last day of university week!
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