Thursday, 24 April 2014

A to Z Challenge: U

A to Z Challenge


U is for University...what I'd do differently...

The more I think about today's topic, the harder I find it to believe that my University days are already so far behind me, it's terrifying! A bit of background here...I  started University September 2006, embarking on a 3 year joint honours course at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. My course? Creative Writing and English. After 3 months I fell so far out of love with my English course that I dropped it and moved over to Media Communication. I'd always loved English, it was one of my favourite subjects but I just couldn't gel with the course and it was really getting me down. Some of the friends I'd made over in Creative Writing where also studying Media Communication, and I'd been pretty good at Media in college, so I decided to make the switch.

3 years later I graduated with a 2.1 and was accepted onto the Writing Studies Masters, still studying at Edge Hill University. I stayed on for 2 years, studying part time, and eventually walking away with a Merit (the equivalent of another 2.1). And that was that. Along the way I'd met some amazing people, some of my closest friends, had up's and down's, learnt to down 3 Steamboats in under 15 minutes, enjoyed the delicacy that was a Wednesday morning hash-brown barm, sang sex on fire at the top of my lungs, came close to releasing a duck in the library, rescued a friend when her hand got stuck in a box (long story) and probably shed a tear or two too.

Don't get me wrong, I loved my time at Uni and I'd go back and do it all over again in a heart beat, but there are a couple of things I wish I could have done differently.

Move out. Sure, staying at home saved me thousands of pounds but you know what? I'm honestly not sure it was worth it. I really wish I'd moved out, I regretted not doing so from day one. I really do feel as though I missed out on something here, almost a right of passage. I'd say if you can do it, go for it, or at least give it a try.

Summers abroad. There are so many Summer programs out there for University students to take advantage of. Working in Summer camps, theme parks, internships, holiday repping etc, there's pretty much something for everyone. I really wish I'd gone ahead with going for a summer job at Walt Disney World or pushing forward my application for working at an American Summer camp. Turns out, your Uni days really are the easiest, if not the only, times you will be able to do such things before life gets too involved and puts a cork in the idea.

Blogged. I actually started a blog several times when I was in University. I don't think I stuck with any past a couple of posts. Talk about foolish! Imagine if I had started this journey all those years ago? I genuinely regret not keeping up with blogging back then. I regret not writing enough outside of my assignments too.

Have you, or are you currently studying at University? If your starting University this year, what are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,


  1. I wish I'd of blogged while I at university too - although I just started mine right at the very end of my MA, I think it might of pushed me to explore the area a little more (something I regret not doing while I had the chance!).

    1. Me too! So many regrets! The positive is that we're doing it now and it's always better late than never!

      Sarah :)