How I Really Feel About Graduating

Hey guys, I still can't believe that it has been three weeks since I graduated — where does the time go?! I wanted to write a little post on how I actually feel about graduating and sum up my time at university in general. I learnt a lot by moving away for university — it was one of the craziest, rollercoaster experiences of my life. It's where I met some of the most amazing people but also where I made some of my biggest mistakes. It definitely helped me to grow up. I feel miles apart from that shy little 17 year old girl that arrived at halls 4 years ago.

From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted to move away for university as I knew that living in halls and having to learn to do things by myself was important. However, moving to Aberdeen was the last thing I wanted to do but I am so grateful that my mum made me go to my interview at Gray's School of Art because I fell in love with the place instantly. I can't even imagine what my life would be like now if I hadn't gone that day! I wouldn't have met people that I now consider to be some of my closest friends, I wouldn't have met my boyfriend, I wouldn't have made the mistakes that helped me to re-evaluate and change into the person I am today. Obviously, getting a degree is the main end goal at university but there is so much more that comes with that — you learn about other peoples backgrounds and where they come from as well as gaining valuable people skills that help to set you up for life. You learn how to fend for yourself and make important decisions about how you want to live your life.

I have so many people to be grateful for — they helped me see the finish line when all I wanted to do was give up. My family have supported me massively throughout the last 4 years. Especially my mum and dad who have had to deal with a lot of grumpy / emotional phone calls throughout that time. I also have my friends to thank who have been such a great support system. From my friends at home to the ones who I've made during my time at university I just don't know how I would have done it without you, Thank you!

Being finished with university and knowing I'm not going back in September is one of the scariest thoughts! Now that all the excitement of Degree Show and Graduation is over, I feel like I've come back to reality with a massive thump. The stress of finding a full time job doing something I love is unbelievable. There is so much going on right now: job hunting, flat hunting, working on my portfolio all while working as many hours as I can at my current job. It is kind of exhausting but I'm glad I've got a lot going on to keep me busy. It's just not how I expected it to be. But to be honest I don't really know what I expected! It's all so scary and exciting at the same time. This new chapter in my life is starting and I honestly couldn't tell you how it's going to go — and being a control freak like me, that thought is terrifying! However as scary as it is, I am so excited to see what the future holds!

Have you graduated? How did you feel?  I'd love to know, leave me a comment below.