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Thursday, 12 May 2016

My First Year at University Experience

My first year at university experience has been somewhat different to the norm. I chose to live at home for uni, so I didn't go through the whole process of moving away from home and adapting to living in a completely unknown town with lots of unknown faces. As I have suffered from anxiety since I was of a pretty young age, especially throughout my teenage years, I knew from the beginning that going to a university away from home was completely out of the question. There was no point in me even trying, which I know sounds like I gave up at the first hurdle, but I know my anxiety and my personality better than anyone, and I knew that I wouldn't be able to cope. I suffer from pretty extreme homesickness and I'm such a home girl, so I decided to attend my local university instead. I fell in love with my hometown uni anyway and the course there was perfect for me, so everything just fell into place.

There are both pros and cons to living at home for uni. You get to finish the day and know you're going back to the comfort of your own home, it's a heck of a lot cheaper, you still get your meals cooked for you (which I am very grateful for) and so on. However, there's part of me that still feels like I'm not quite doing the uni experience how its traditionally supposed to be done. I'm not living with a bunch of people my age and partying day in day out until almost sunrise. I'm not the typical party girl anyway, so this doesn't bother me as much as it might bother others, but sometimes I just wish I had more opportunities to join in and be part of that lifestyle. Of course, I do get invited out sometimes, but I'm just slightly out of the loop, and plus it's so much harder for me to get home as everyone else goes back to halls, leaving me stranded on my own. First year has the reputation of being all about partying and letting go, but I haven't felt like I've done that yet. It's kind of sad really, but I'm getting by. I'm hoping in second year there will be more chances for me to join in since everyone will be living in their own houses, which will have more space than halls, and I can stay round my friends' houses instead of having to find my own way home. Some of you may or may not be thinking why not just get a taxi, but getting a taxi in the dark on my own at 3am isn't particularly something I'm that comfortable doing.

Reading that back makes me look like I've got barely any friends and kind of like I'm having a shitty experience, but trust me, I've loved my first year at university and it's been great to experience something so new and exciting. And it's great actually being treated like an adult for the first time in my life. I think I've definitely come out of my shell a lot more since I started uni - a fresh start always does the trick. I've met an amazing group of girls in my seminar group and we are all really close. One of them, Amy, is pictured next to me in the photo on my phone above, which was taken at pre-drinks on Halloween (hence why we are covered in fake blood and why I am wearing creepy doll makeup). She quickly became one of my best friends; we have so much in common and we have such a laugh together, and we always help each other get by when we have the stress of finishing all of our assignments. 

In terms of the work, there have been ups and downs - it always seems that I have a break from assignments and then suddenly they all come at once! But my grades have been really good and I'm averaging a 2:1 in the majority of my units. I've received four 1st's since January which I am so proud of! My course is mainly coursework based, so I didn't have any January exams and I only have the one exam in June, which makes me so happy! I'm definitely a coursework girl, I just hate revising so much and exams can make my anxiety really bad. My least fave thing about coursework though - referencing, it's just such a pain. If you're a uni student I'm sure you can relate to how tedious it is.

As you also might know Aaron and I have been in a long distance relationship for the entirety of our first year's at university, and I think we have done so so well. He finishes for summer next week so I'm ridiculously excited for him to be home for four whole months. We're now stronger than ever and I think we're getting pretty good at the whole distance thing. I'm so happy. 

If you're still reading, then well done you. I hope this post was interesting for you to read and was helpful for anyone starting uni in September, I honestly can't believe my last week of lectures is next week and then once my exam is done, first year will be officially over! Apologies if my posts aren't as regular this month (again), but if I'm not posting, it means I'm probably revising!

What was your first year at university like? Are you starting university in September?
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  1. I've never known someone who stayed at home when they were at uni that's so interesting and different! Hope you and Aaron stay happy!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Oh really! It's not as common but it works better that way for some :) Glad you enjoyed the post and thank you so much Charlotte, that's so kind! xo

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  2. It's lovely to know that your long-distance kinda relationship in working out! Good luck for the future, I loved this post Hannah xx
    Morgan | www.justmorgs.com

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    1. Thank you so much Morgan :) So glad you loved the post that means a lot xo

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  3. It's my first year too and can't wait to finish in two weeks, feels amazing to think we've done so much!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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    1. I know right! Hope you have an amazing summer! xo

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  4. I love reading through your chatty posts so much Hannah - I don't think I've ever related to a post more. Although I don't go to uni just yet (I'm still in college) I've been looking at unis, and there is no way I can go far from home, due to my anxiety, the same as you. So I'll probably attend my 'local' university so I can stay at home! I'm also such a coursework girl, not a fan of revising makes me super stressed out! Such a good post to read as I feel this is something I'll read back on when it comes round to my first year at uni if I end up attending, much love!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Aw Lucy, that makes me so happy to hear you say that! It makes me feel like sharing my experiences is worthwhile :) I completely get you, and it's completely okay to stay at home and if you do end up going to your local uni you will thank yourself so much more for doing what's right for you. Everything will work out and I promise you'll have an amazing time! So glad you can relate to this so well and I really appreciate your lovely comment, if you ever want to ask me any questions honestly don't hesitate to ask :) Much love to you too lovely xo

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  5. This sounds great I'm glad you've had a good uni experience! I'm the same with the whole social anxiety, my dream uni is in London but that's a lot different to little old Lincolnshire where I've grown up. I honestly don't know if i'll manage but I guess I've got a long time to wait, i'm only 16! but the years go so quick! I too hate exams and prefer coursework! What are you studying at uni? xx

    AimeeSueXO
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    1. Thanks so much Aimee! Exactly, just see how you feel when the time goes and trust me, you will honestly know what will be right for you, your heart will be telling you! I knew straight away that moving away from home was just not for me at this point in my life. I'm studying Communication & Media :) xo

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  6. This was really interested to read, especially because I'm starting uni in September! Staying at home definitely has a lot of advantages, I am not only moving to a different city this year, I'm moving to another country to start my studies and I am really excited although pretty scared at the same time. And yes, references are such a pain in the a**. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! So glad you found the post helpful :) I hope moving goes so well for you, and yeah I can definitely understand your mixed feelings. Moving to a new place brings so many emotions! And hahaha, yes they really are xo

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  7. It seems like we've had a similar experience! I also decided to live at home and attend my local university so I know what you mean by being out of the loop. But I'm glad that you did well academically and found some people that you clicked with! x

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad you can relate to my experience! Thank you so much, that means a lot! I hope uni is going well for you too :) xo

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  8. I lived about an hour away from home when I was at University just so I could have that safety net of home because I get anxious quite a bit too. It was quite hard to adjust as an only child going into accommodation with 11 other students in my first year! Good luck with the rest of the course! Very interesting read :)

    lots of love, Jane
    Marble and Rose

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    1. Yeah that's good as you kinda got the best of both worlds :) Yeah I don't blame you, it must be hard adjusting to such a big change! Thank you so much :) xo

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  9. I've just finished my second year & lived at home the entire time. I would never change any part of it, I wouldn't have met my boyfriend otherwise. I live half an hour from uni & half an hour from him, I'm in the middle of two cities. I saved a ridiculous amount of money but missed out on none of the fun ^_^. Theres not way accommodation would ever have been for me!

    Katie | Words By Katie

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    1. Aw that's so nice! It's so good how everything works out :) So lucky to live so close to your boyfriend, in term time my boyfriend is 4 and a half hours away from me on a coach :( But luckily when he's home we're 5 minutes around the corner from one another! So glad that your uni experience is working out for you, good luck for the future! :) xo

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  10. This post was so cute and fun to read - I think also cause I related a whole lot! I go to uni from home as well so I totally understand the struggle of finding your own way back home from events. Referencing, freakin referencing, haha uni formatting is just so tedious sometimes! And, I have to admit what you wrote at the end about you and Aaron and how you're just stronger now made me all warm and fuzzy inside - so sweet! Congratulations for almost a full first year at uni and for doing so well! :)

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Aw thank you so much Raashi! Glad you can relate to my situation! Hahaha it really is isn't it! Awww bless you, that's so kind of you :) Hope uni is going well for you too xo

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  11. This was really interested to read.
    Good vibes, FOX
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  12. I loved this post as I have also just finished my first year at university. Like you, I'm not a massive party girl either due to anxiety but I did push myself to go out from time to time and i surprisingly enjoyed it! However I do also feel that i've missed out on a lot as well! xx
    www.emilyjanewebb.co.uk

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    1. Aw so glad you liked it Emily! That's so good! :) I can understand that, hopefully in second year there will be more opportunities for us! Hope all goes well for you lovely xo

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  13. I'll be starting university this September and I'm sooo nervous! I'll be away from home and without any of my friends so I hope I'll be able to make some new friends and survive first year well enough hahah! This was a great post to read, lovely to hear about your experience :)xx

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    1. Aw bless you, I can totally understand that you feel that way, university is a big change and it can feel scary at first! But once you're settled in you will be absolutely fine and you will make friends so easily, trust me! So glad you enjoyed reading lovely, and thank you :) xo

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