Thursday, 31 May 2012

Time flies when you're having fun!

It's crazy to think that my first year at uni is over. There has been so many ups and downs, but the ups have definitely out-done the downs and I can say hands on heart, it has been the best year of my life. This sounds so cliché, but so true.

To say that you are thrown in the deep end (loving the cheese today) would be an understatement. The build up to the big move is huge. I spend months setting up UCAS, writing a personal statement, receiving offers, deciding on a first and second choice, sitting exams and when results day came I didn't quite prepare myself for how overwhelming it would be. The fact that all this preparation was actually over and all I had to do now was move to Lincoln.

This was about when the panic set in. What if I don't make any friends? What if nobody likes me? What if my flat mates are horrible? What if I don't like my course? What if I run out of money? What if I miss home so much I'm forced to drop out? Anyone who has come to uni has probably experienced all of these feelings plus a million more...

When I finally received my letter from accommodation at Lincoln it started to seem  more and more real. I was able to find all put one of my flat mates on Facebook and they all seemed lovely, but what did I know, it's only Facebook.

It's safe to say I did not get a wink of sleep the night before move in day. I packed up most of my belongings in the car and said goodbye to my home and worst of all said goodbye to my mum. With tears in my eyes me and my new family (including Jordan, our mystery flat mate, nicknamed J) wandered into our new kitchen and the ice immediately broke, we all jumped into water and swam like little fishes.

If you are planning on going to uni in the near or far future everyone will tell you over and over "everyone is in the same boat!" Well when I was told this I was not convinced at all...but it couldn't be more true!! We immediately bonded just because we were all in the same position.

First night at Lincoln
We decided that we would all cook a meal together on the first night before getting ready and heading out to our new student union, The Engine Shed, to see Stevie Star the regurgitator. This was panning out to be the longest day in history, but it didn't stop up having an amazing time. By about 5pm on the first day of uni all my previous questions and worries were completely gone and I was well and truly settled into my new home!

8 months later we reminisce about this day and look at pictures saying how young we look. It's impossible really to look younger, but we've all done so much growing up in the last year we just seem to look and feel older. I have also never known so much drama created from 6 people, ever.

Us now...
Since then so much has happened. I started my course and met so many more amazing people including Grace, my other half (if you are a regular reader of my blog you will understand she isn't my actual other half, but best friend.) Now my first year is over and my exams have all been sat, I am just waiting to go back home for the summer and start my second year living in my new flat with Gracey-poo.

I have created such strong bonds and friends for life, which ultimately uni is all about (apart from the education ;-))!!

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