Sunday, 13 September 2015

I'm starting university in under a week


So, I got my A level results about a month ago and I was so pleased with them - I got 3 As, which means that I got into my first choice university to study French and German. It wasn't until about a week later that reality set in. University wasn't a joke anymore - I was actually going to have to leave all my friends and family and live alone for the first time, all at once having to make loads of new friends. Oh and also study.

For a very long time I couldn't even look at the word university without feeling completely panicked and stressed. I would stop friends and family talking about it as much as I could because the feeling was just so horrible. I think this was partially because I was mainly speaking to a group of friends and my best friend who were all also worried about the idea of university and/or moving on somewhere else in life. I'm not even sure what the panic was all about - it was just a fear of change I think, but blown out of proportion so much.

Since spending a night with a different group of friends, I'm feeling a lot more positive about going to university. I think this is because we didn't just talk about university as a concept, like I had with other friends, we talked about specifics and the fun things we'd be doing, like getting free entry to a club on my third night, getting together with people from my halls to have drinks and going to a free screening of lots of films like Frozen. These friends were also nervous, but something about talking everything through with them made me feel so much more relaxed.

Don't get me wrong though, I am still extremely sad when thinking of everyday life without all of my greatest friends. A very close friend is spending the year travelling, and knowing that I can't see her until Christmas at the very earliest makes me upset. She has also pointed out how our group of friends has spent most of our time as friends seeing each other every day, so our friendship will never be the same again. Saying goodbye to my best friend of seven years just over a week ago was completely heartbreaking.

However, as she has now spent more than a week at university, I feel I have less to worry about. Apart from a few moments of homesickness, she has enjoyed every minute and can't stop telling us all that we will all love uni. She seemed to make friends very easily, which is what I expected as literally everyone is out to make friends.

So in conclusion, I think I'm in the right frame of mind now about going to university. I definitely feel nervous, which is of course completely normal, but it isn't overpowering now. I would for sure say that I am looking forward to my first few days of getting to know new people and possibly drinking a little more than I should!

This means I've tried to write some posts in advance, as I think I'll be pretty busy settling in for a while and won't want to worry about my blog. I hope this means there won't be any change in the usual schedule of a new post every Sunday, but I might not manage it every week.

Thanks for reading! Does anyone else start uni soon? Or maybe you're already there?
Penny xxx


  1. Best of luck Penny! The waiting is the worst part...don't overthink and just get there first! Have an amazing time xo

  2. Good luck! I was so, so nervous when I was starting but I'm now going into my third year and can't wait to get back! Hope it all goes well for you :) xx
    Chasing Belle 23

  3. Congratulations on your absolutely amazing results and I hope you have such an amazing time at uni. Don't forget to keep us updated on how it goes :) xxx

    1. Thank you so much!! I'm sure there'll be posts in the future about how I'm finding it, or there's my twitter which I *try* to keep updated


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