Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Finishing University and the Fear of the Unknown




For pretty much my whole life I've had this little schedule that included school, studying and then holidays. Now that I'm days away from submitting my last assignment EVER, I feel a little lost because I have absolutely no idea about what's next. How do you adult? What do you do? What is like to have only 20 odd days a year of vacation instead of MONTHS? Do you need to have a plan straight away? 

This academic year has been the most stressful to date but I think that so far I've handled it pretty well. My planning game has definitely improved and I even managed to keep a part time job, internship and blogging weekly through this whole thing. *pats self on shoulder* 
Every other day I get asked "What are your career plans?" and "When are you moving out?" but as much as I have a vision of what ideally I'd like to see happen, I'm also scared of leaving the comfort zone and what has always been my routine. 

I might complain about my deadlines, and the pointless classes that sometimes I had to attend when I could have stayed home to do work, but I will miss that feeling of being a student. Walking in a room and sitting with "my squad" of girls, with coffee in hand and some funny story to tell them from the night before. The rants on our Facebook group chat about one of our lectures being late with marking our work, or commenting on the large amount of threatening but funny emails the university sends us to get their books back when we borrowed them for too long. 

Getting a full time job and starting your career sounds...so serious. I'm 22, but at heart I still feel like that little punk teenager who wants to listen to music all day and go to gigs. I recently purchased two tickets to go and see Bring me The Horizon on their upcoming UK tour later this year, and I had a little throw-back moment to being 16 and pretty much free of any worries. I guess that with this post I just want to say that finishing with education is exciting but also very scary. We'll see what's next. 


Oh, my current favourite study sweater has been this lovely number by Ratchet Clothing that features Kanye West. It's super comfy and I've been wearing it on my trips to the library or at home whenever I'm tackling a hard piece of coursework. Still living in my favourite jeans and the shoes are the Yeezy dupes from LoveClothing called Makino! I have them in two colours but I will add more to my collection.  

I totally stole the Cluse Watch from James and the cute amber ring is from Jewellery Box which you may have spotted in the post I did about this brand. 


 

I'd love to know how you 'adult' and how you found life after education to be like. 


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  1. Hey lovely
    Eeek, I remember the panic of leaving university and being consumed with the idea of making the right decision for what I did next. I was so worried I would pick the wrong thing and life would veer off course. What I know now, which I wish I had known then, is that life is made up of so many different decisions that it is impossible to know in advance which ones will be life altering. It's also impossible to know what might've happened if you chose differently. So try not to stress too much about it. Go with you gut, and pick what feels right. Don't over analyse - it can result in paralysis. And don't worry - your twenties are going to be super. There is still lots of time for gigs and music and partying (that's what my twenties were made up of). I'm in my 30s now, and I'm still not really adulting ;)
    Long comment I know, but this is something I really remember.
    Best of luck xxx
    Hayley
    www.curvesandcurl.co.uk

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    1. WOW thanks for such a nice comment :) I'm definitely going to try and be a little more chilled and less crazy with life plans because after all, nothing ever goes exactly the way you want it to go! x

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  2. life definitely doesn't get any easier after education! but I find I much prefer the challenges I face out in the working world :) love your jumper too!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks lovely :) And ah, real life challenges and no more maths problems haha

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  3. I'm in exactly the same boat. I finish in under a month now and the realisation that I have to actually do something with my life is actually sinking in. I think it's good to remember that at 22 you don't have to know exactly what you want to do with your life but it's so hard to not worry. The first thing I'm doing is booking a holiday! x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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    1. A holiday is a MUST! Need a break somewhere far away for sure x

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  4. I actually loved the time after Uni... new life, new job... lots of fun...

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  5. I graduated last year and know totally how you feel, I'm still in that rut of not even knowing what I want to do with my life. Probably not very helpful for you, sorry! I am loving your outfit though, the jumper is fab and you bag is so cute! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you lovely! :) and hey, at least you're honest. I think that if anything you reassured me that I'm not alone in the "help I don't know what I'm doing" hole haha xx

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  6. Such a brilliant post Kristina, I graduated a year ago and felt exactly the same way.

    Thank you for a lovely #fblchat tonight, I love your blog so much! Now following on Bloglovin' :) Would love it if you could check out mine too: www.emilyjbenton.com/

    Looking forward to your future posts! <3
    Emily xxx

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    1. Thank you Emily :) i will definitely pop over to check out your blog now ;) xxx

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  7. Cool look! Have a nice day) www.elationofcreation.com

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  8. Just think of it as a new and very exciting chapter that is starting - you will be fine. Love the outfit too.

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    1. Thank you so much for the tip and i'm glad you like the outfit :) x

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  9. I'm literally in the same poistion, it's very scary so I'm going to take it day by day! Good luck on your next beginning! x

    Myra, myramyla.com

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    1. Thank you Myra, you too :) Fingers crossed! x

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  10. It's almost three years since I left uni and I've still not got my life together, haha! I think everyone does it at their own pace, so if you walk straight into a "proper job" then great and if it takes you a while - that's great too :)
    I love Bring Me The Horizon! So tempted to go and see them in November... Enjoy!!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  11. I felt lost at first too but I got a hang of it.

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  12. I'm in the same boat too - exams start next week, then two weeks later it will all be over. Whilst I know exactly what I want to go, getting a job still hasn't happened but I'm trying not to stress about it... x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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