A week ago today, I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a better degree classification that I would have expected. And I'm thrilled. So I thought today I would talk about some of the things that uni taught me over the past three years, as there were just as many life lessons as academic lessons.
1. Though you may feel uncomfortable in a situation, the chances are everyone else does too.
2. Sometimes you have to be the first to speak. The more often, the better.
3. I can overcome pretty much anything.
4. Sometimes no matter how far from home you'd like to be, you need to be at home for a while.
5. Nothing gets easier, but you get better at dealing with it as the time passes.
6. A full time job would have been far less stressful than my degree. But I don't think it would have been as rewarding.
7. The feeling of accomplishment you will feel at the end of it all is completely worth all the hard work.
8. You won't necessarily meet your best friends at uni, especially if you've already got a great group at home - just remember to remind them you appreciate them while you're away.
9. I love language. My degree really cemented that for me and I know I'll be an avid reader forevermore.
10. Exploring new places isn't daunting and probably never was, and I now do it at every opportunity.
11. There are a lot of factors that will affect the quality of your work. And if you can do that well with all that going on behind the scenes, then you've done better than you could have possibly believed three years ago.
12. If you set your mind to it, you can do it, and do it really darn well.
Until next time.