Let's Chat | Thoughts on Finishing University

After 5 years and 2 degrees I have finished Uni! My first degree being BSc (hons) Politics and International Relations, and the second MA Public Administration and Public  Policy. It's been a long ole' journey, and now I'm job hunting with little else to do, I have been pondering over my feelings towards finally being finished with the student life.

If you've read my blog before or follow me on Instagram, then you may know that part way through my MA I had to take medical leave. You can read more about that here, but it certainly wasn't an easy decision and it definitely wasn't stress free! It added a year to my MA, which turned out to be wonderful. I met some amazing people, decided to continue living in York and used the time to actually recover from a pretty horrendous bout of depression.

Finishing university is such an achievement, I've wanted to do 2 degrees since I was about 14, so everything as always been working towards this moment of ticking those of my 'to do in life' list. However, now I'm finished, I'm left with a bit of sinking feeling of 'now what?'

I'm excited to be starting a new chapter, although job hunting is proving to be slow. It's demoralising to just get rejection after rejection, especially as I've got this urge to jump on the career ladder and feel like I've established myself. But in spite of this excitement, I'm feeling a bit lost without the routine of university and I have no clue how I'll meet people or make new friends. The truth of it is, university has been such a big part of my life. With it being a goal for years and years, and then actually studying for 5 years, a lot of my life to date has been consumed by the idea of university. All of that ending is a big change, and currently there's lots of uncertainty which makes me slightly yearn for the familiarity of starting a new academic year.

Change always causes worry, and leaping from student life to adulting and the daily work grind is daunting. Exciting, but daunting nevertheless.

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