Uni Week: University Q&A

Uni Week: University Q&A

To mark the final post of my (somewhat disjointed) Uni Week, I figured I would answer I few questions I received both about University in general and my personal experience with University.  I received some really great questions, some of which I think will be fun to answer because I’ve never really thought about them before.  Therefore, without further ado I’ll get started…
1. Why/When did you decide to go to uni?
I may have mentioned this once when I first started blogging, but I actually planned on being a lawyer one day, so Uni was always a required step for that.  From about 16 I had a five year plan: take a degree in a non-law subject, get my GDL (law conversion qualification) and then get a training contract with a law firm.  However, it wasn’t until I actually got to uni that I decided the law life wasn’t for me and I just want to write in some sort of capacity.
2. How did you figure out what course to take?
It was actually an extremely last minute decision for me!  I was always on track to take a joint honours in French and Philosophy because I’ve always loved languages and wanted (still want) to be fluent in French, and I have a real passion for Philosophy.  However, French A level really made me fall out of love with French and on A2 Results Day, when it was time to do French and Philosophy I realised that I really couldn’t do French at Uni.  I didn’t want to do just Philosophy by itself and I’d always had English Literature in my life, so I applied for English and Philosophy through clearing (same uni, different course) and that was that.
3. What’s been the best part of going to uni?
This is going to sound incredibly cheesy, but for me it’s been the personal growth.  I’ve been through a lot mentally this year; the combination of work, and socialising, and being in a new place away from my parents and friends has been a lot to take on, but it’s made me so much stronger and more independent and I love it.  I can see how much I’ve grown in confidence in the last year and I’m really proud of myself for it, I don’t think that would have happened without Uni.
4. What would you have done if you didn’t go to uni?
I never really thought about it during the whole Uni application process, but every so often I look back at it now and wonder what I would have done if I hadn’t gone/had taken a gap year.  I’m the kind of person who has to keep busy, so I probably would have started an internship or job.  However, considering that I have no idea what I want to do with my life yet, it’s very likely that I would have spent my time wondering around aimlessly…
5. Do you have any regrets/goals?
I like to not “regret” things, but if I had to pick one thing it would probably not auditioning for any of the showcases/drama things that went on.  I love to sing and I watched most of the live performances that went on and wished I was a part of them, but I was too scared to audition last year.  This year however, my goal is to get more involved in that area.
6. What’s the most studenty meal you’ve ever eaten?
I eat relatively well most of the time?  However there were some days that I had no food but I also had no energy to leave my building and by groceries from the Tescos 3 minutes away so I… ordered Dominos… for one… and ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…
7. What are your plans for after you finish?
Like I said earlier, I don’t really know what I want to do with my life yet.  However, I’m only just starting my second year, so my plan is to use the next year to pursue different writing-related careers through work experience and internships, find a field that I’m suited for, and then spend my third year working towards one of those.  I like to think of it as a plan without any current commitments.
8. What advice would you give yourself if you could start again?
I did a whole post with a letter to pre-freshers me (which you should definitely give a read if you haven’t already), but I think my main point would be to stop taking everything so personally.  You’re housed with strangers, you won’t get along with everyone you meet, but you will make friends that you actually get along with, so stop stressing over what those who don’t like you think and focus on those who do.
 
This was my first ever Q&A and I have to say I quite enjoyed it!  I hope you enjoyed reading my answers and enjoyed my Uni Week in general!  Sorry it was all over the place, but I explained why here. Thank you to Laura, Saffron and Freya for asking me a bunch of questions, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!
Lots of love,
Jas xx
 
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