5 things university has taught me about myself

www.JustEmmi.com university life lessonsToday is the day. The day of final exams. Saying goodbyes and no more 9am lectures. That’s it! It’s all over. I’ve just finished my final university exam ever and now I’m out of here! (Well I still have a portfolio to finish but let’s not think about that)

As you can imagine I have learnt a lot at university, especially to do with my degree – for £9K a year you’d hope I’d learn something right. But besides journalism and how fast 3 years can go, I have also learnt a lot about myself as a person.


I have always been a productive person, but writing 2,000 word essay the night before has really shown me how productive I can be. I’m not that bad I promise – I mean I did have to juggle a full-time degree with a part-time job, other assignments and extra curricular activities and writing for websites. I think I did pretty well to be fair.


Having to spend hours of my final year at university sat down in a compute chair designing a magazine was tedious. I honestly couldn’t wait to run off to work to be able to stand up for longer than a minute. I love running around like a headless chicken at work and feeling like I am doing something active.


I can here you now, ‘but Emmi you just had a big rant about why it’s OK not to be a morning person.’ I hear you, but trust me having a 9am lecture and then the rest of the day to yourself is so much better than having a lecture smack bang in the middle of your day. You end up sleeping in because you think you’ve got loads of time, then once the lecture is over you feel like it’s too late to do anything! Early starts are always the best when it comes to productivity – but I’m still not a morning person.


There have been many times at university where I wanted to just pack my bags and go home. Sometimes things do get to be too much. But I had to rely on myself and play to my own strengths, and it is amazing what determination and coffee can get you through. I never thought I would get into university, let alone be getting 2.1’s and 1st in my assignments. So it’s true what they say – you can do whatever you put your mind too – soppy I know.


Now the end is near and I am going to job interviews and viewing apartments to move into it is all starting to become very real, and very scary that I am a proper adult now. Yes Emmi you’re 20 years old and a proper grown up. Time to stop eating turkey dinosaurs and time to start ironing my clothes. But the truth is growing up is bloody scary. But our parents did it, my siblings did it and now it’s my turn.

As cliché as it might sound university had it’s ups and downs but I don’t regret my time here. I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people who I know consider to be friends for life and I even got a job that I love. Let’s just hope the next 3 years will be full of more adventures, success and happiness.

Are you graduating this year? What did going to university teach you about yourself?

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  1. Laura
    August 7, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Haha, I’m not a morning person and I’m afraid I’ll never be. But you never know, right? 😀
    Great post, thanks for sharing! x
    Lauraconteur ♥

    • August 7, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      When you have something to do I feel like it just makes mornings even harder haha

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