Saturday, November 11, 2017

It's come to that time in my life, much like at the beginning of the end of sixth form where I wrote: this bad boy that I'm starting to feel very reflective on my time in London (Can we really count Egham as London? Absolutely not, It sounds a lot cooler though).

'Choose a degree you love' 

When the dreaded UCAS time arrived back in sixth form, I almost didn't really ever freak out about what my life was going to be. I had no idea what I wanted to be, like every 16 year old, but I knew what I was interested in and have always stuck to saying you should choose a degree you love, because you'll be paying a damn lot of money to pay it off. 

Around the time I was applying, it was very rare to get a digital based creative degree that wasn't at a weird college no one had heard of. I knew that if I wanted to study this, I'd have to move 300 miles down to the big city of London. And to be honest when looking back, that was never daunting to me. I'm not sure if I just put it out of my mind until a few days before I moved (avoidance is the best resolution to any problem - said every student ever) or somehow knew this would be the best decision I had ever made. 

'Best decision I had ever made'

And wow, does time fly. In June I will have officially (hopefully) finished my time in further education. I will have a degree, a lot of debt, and so many experiences and moments to take with me. University really has been an amazing experience for me. I have for once thrived in something I love to do and suddenly my path in life became a lot clearer. I came back to my home city to realise I had out grown a lot of my familiarities. I no longer wanted to see Suzie from my maths class or Jessy from English every time I left my house to a public space. I felt like a giant stuck in a small box. I loved being in a big city where you come across such different, open people everyday. I found people who felt like home to me even when 300 miles away. Please never hold the opportunities in life you could have by being too scared to move. Humans are built to evolve and if you stay in the same place you're going to fall short on Darwins list. 

'Where am I going with this?'

You're probably reading this thinking, where are you even going with this long winded post. If you have even gotten this far. Honestly I'm not really sure (lol sorry). It's going to be interesting to read back on this in a couple years where hopefully I'm living in a city closer, but not at home, in a job I love, living with someone I love. 

If you're going to take anything away from this, its to live outside your box. Don't not move away from home because you're scared, don't take a classic degree you don't care for because it's reliable and safe. You do you, and don't stop for anybody. 

Royal Holloway, Egham, London: thanks for taking 3 years of my life and making it into a story I'll tell forever. 

Thanks for reading, 
- Sarah

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