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THIS IS IT

11:31Emilija A


This is it. I have graduated university. I wish I had something profound to say about the whole experience, but in all honesty I just want to reflect on my time. University was the most incredible four years of my life so far. 

I started uni in September of 2012. To this day, I remember my first day of uni like it was yesterday. On that first day, they told us, uni is going to go by in a blink of an eye. All of us students looked around the room at each other with the looks to say 'yeah, right'. Looking back at it now, all I can think is that I have never heard a statement more true than that in my life. The four years literally went by so fast it is actually freaky. Those four years even included a year of living in a different country! And they still went by way too fast. I honestly can't believe it.



I mean, I wouldn't be able to summarise this whole experience in a paragraph even if I tried, so I'm not even gonna try. There are just a few main points that I want to touch on. One, is that if anyone has the opportunity to go to university, I highly recommend it. None of my recommendations are for educational reasons either (but that's a benefit too, I guess. Lol.) Going to university was, hands down, the best decision I have made in my life so far. It has presented me so many priceless opportunities, skills, lessons etc. that I wouldn't have been able to gain anywhere else. Truly. I'm very grateful for them because I got to do a lot of cool shit, you know? I know I keep going on about it, but going to live in Hong Kong for a year is by far the biggest highlight of it, one that I wouldn't have been able to experience if it weren't for uni.

Going away to uni, moving out, being independent are all things that have contributed in helping me to become the person I am today. I mean, I've got my flaws, but overall I'd say I'm an ok person. (I'm sure my sister would disagree on this, haha.) I cannot even begin to describe to you how good it feels to be that free. When you don't have to give a full on police-like report to your family about where you are, who you're with, and when you're coming back. Or worse, being told when to come back. Having your own money, budgeting things yourself (I'm still terrible at that), living the way you want to, eating the way you want to - literally EVERYTHING... You do everything the way you want to without having to ask permission or 'report' to anyone. It's so freaking awesome.

This has been said before a million times, by a million different people, but you truly do find yourself. You find out what you value in life, your priorities, the kind of people you want to surround yourself with in life etc. I say this from the bottom of my heart - it's something I wish everyone would have the chance to experience. Don't get me wrong, being away at uni is not all rainbows and sunshine. There's a lot of stress, procrastination, and many other types of struggles that come with it. Ultimately, dealing with them head on makes you a stronger person.


I am, without a doubt, extremely sad that uni ended. These past four years were incredible, and I feel very grateful for the things I got to experience and the people I got to meet. I've made a handful of super close friends, and now that uni ended we're all going our separate ways to live our lives. That makes me sad the most - the fact that I won't have these people in my daily life anymore. It's a bit much going from having one of your best friends living on the other side of the wall, to having her live on the other side of the planet. But anyway, you just kind of have to make peace with it and move on. If any of my friends are reading this, know that I am very glad I met you, I wish you all the best, and I love you.

Onwards and upwards!


Em

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