With only a month left till I sit my final exam the end of university is suddenly starting to feel very real to me. It doesn’t feel like just three years ago I was sitting my A-levels in order to come to university in the first place.
Now with the end drawing closer there are a lot of things going through my mind, as well as my friends. I wanted to talk about some of the issues and worries I have about finishing university in order to let other third years know that they aren’t alone.
I have no idea what I’m doing – Despite having specialised in a degree subject for the past three years for some reason I feel like I have no idea what I am doing. In life, in work and in general. Hopefully this is just like when your mind goes blank before an exam but when you get to the moment you remember it all instantly.
Where did the past three years go? – I say this all the time but I honestly feel like my first year of university lasted a lifetime and then suddenly years two and three are flashing before my eyes. I wish I could go back and tell myself to make the most of every moment and opportunity.
I should probably learn to cook – Although I have been living on my own for the most part of three years and I have had to start doing all the things which were left for my Mum, I still need to master that Roast Dinner dish. Student cooking is very different to ‘How Mum Makes It’ cooking and it is something I’, going to have to learn and fast.
I’m not ready for this – Going off into the big wide world of jobs, bills and council tax is a really scary thing and a part of me really isn’t ready for this. I just want to stay in my little university bubble with my part-time job and bills included rent.
I’m so ready for this – Another part of me though is actually itching to leave. I have done my time at university and now new adventures are awaiting me, and I can’t wait.
Why are there no jobs – Ok finding a job is hard, even with a degree. If you’re not willing to pack up and move to a completely different part of the country then you are going to have to do a lot of work and that means applying for things you never thought you would apply for. Retail here I come?!
I’m going to miss these people – Although it may sound cliché, some of the best friends you will ever meet will have come from university. For me I can hands down say that i have found my best friend at university and I have a family of friends in the people I work with. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye.
Why is everything so expensive? – If you’re smart and lucky then you will have been able to save up some money by now, but I know that this isn’t the case for some people. The reality of how much things cost, especially if you are looking to move out is just ridiculous. It makes you really grateful for things like student loans, overdraft and money from the bank of Mum and Dad.
Am I an adult now? – For many university students it can feel like we are all still children in a way. Despite not being in our teens anymore we are still treated like kids when we go home because to everybody else we are still in education. But leaving university will be a new stage in our lives where we finally, fully transition into adulthood – which is pretty cool but also damn right scary.
This is such a confusing and stressful time for final year students, not just because of exams but because of everything that comes with being an adult and moving out. As somebody who likes to always have a plan A, B all the way through to Z I am feeling really nervous for what’s to come. But hopefully this post will help anybody else feeling the way I do to realise that they aren’t alone.
Are you finishing university this year? What are you most excited or nervous about? If you’ve graduated leave some advice in the comments for soon to be graduates.
© Emmi Bowles