The things I thought would be hardest:
Fitting in and socialising with people a few years younger.
✗ FALSE: Actually this was one of the easier parts of Uni. Everyone reassured me before I went that I wouldn't notice the age gap and 90% of the time they have been right.
Not having a set routine or 9-5 schedule.
✓ TRUE: at times this has been hard and I've been amongst my happiest during revision time when I choose my schedule. I told myself before I went to University, to appreciate the days spent in PJs and the optional lie-ins. I tended to get up pretty early as mornings are my most productive.
Feeling the pressure to love going out all the time.
✗ FALSE: Bath is an expensive city to live in as a student so this has limited our going out somewhat. It's not a massive clubbing place and as I look back, I'm actually thinking "I'm sure I could have squeezed in a few more nights out..."
✓ TRUE: One of the hardest parts of being a student is relying on my parents again. I haven't had to do this since I was 15 and having no income to contribute is frustrating. Like many, my student loan barely scratches the sides and I've found it hard to accept so much of my parents money on a monthly basis.
I know I would have struggled with a job this year and I am so looking forward to earning again this summer when I start my job in London.
✗ FALSE: I am under no illusion - I am insanely lucky to have such a tolerant partner. I travelled home a lot during the first term for birthdays, leaving dos and other events. Since Christmas I've stayed in Bath more and Josh has dutifully visited me every weekend that I haven't made it home.
Some may call it madness seeing a boyfriend every weekend, whilst at Uni... well quite honestly, if I'm happy so I'd say cheers to that.
Academia & University lifestyle
Bath is an excellent Uni and this is not supposed to be a reflection on them, BUT... University teaching methods are so
The material gets trickier, yet teaching methods don't seem to be planting seeds of potential greatness. All I'm saying is... University learning is a whole different ball game.
... Or some acronym like that. I have a Specific Learning Disorder. I would go in to it, but I haven't perfected explaining it in a nutshell yet. It's made learning more tricky, but thanks to a very bureaucratic process I should be receiving a whole heap of stuff from Student Finance England. Yes it is only arriving at the end of term, but I'm prepped for next year that's for sure...
Losing sight of balance
Even in the midst of University madness, I forgot what is really important to in life. At some point this year I really lost myself. I found myself falling back to bad habits of yesteryear and hated University for it, rather than recognising I was in control.
PS. It's less than 2 weeks until I leave for the American Road Trip. So keep your eyes peeled for travel preparations on my instagram @blogofbeanie.