Today marks the end of my second year at my current university, but the end of three years at university. Seeing all my friends handing their dissertations and preparing for post-grad courses, travelling, and jobs, makes me so proud of them, a little jealous, second hand scared for life after uni, but also so thankful for where I am at the moment.
In a BEDA blog post the other month, I wrote about change and choice, and how no choice you make is ever wrong. I talked about my decision to not accept my study abroad placement and how this granted me with strong friendships and the beginning of my incredible relationship with my partner.
I should have also written about my decision to change universities at the end of my first year, starting over in a new establishment. Moving my life to a new city was the best decision I have ever made in my life, and as I write this, I am so over-whelmed at the friendships I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve been given, and the lessons I’ve learnt from moving.
It’s now been almost two years since I made that choice, which was so heartbreaking at the time. But I am so glad I did. Everything happens for a reason; and I was meant to wait a year so all these amazing people could catch up and come to university to I’d meet them.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m feeling very emotional but in a good way.
This year has been one of stories, and adventures. It’s been impromptu nights outs, ending at some house party, being carried home on the shoulders of my iron man of a best friend. It’s been one of being in the library until 3am, almost in tears over Hippocrates and accidentally rewriting Italian history. It’s been a year of learning about myself, being comfortable and confident in my body and owning my sexuality.
It’s been a year of laughing until I cried, maturing, stabilising, and grounding myself. I’ve found my passion and my area of speciality, and explored options for my future. I’ve grown and learnt from the women I’m lucky enough to surround myself with. I’ve been strengthened and supported by the men who make me proud every day.
I love being in this mood where I just sit and look at my life and I’m just so lucky and proud of myself.
I can’t wait for this summer; researching for my dissertation, working hard at my job, travelling to see friends, and my partner, and just being happy.