Time flies when you’re having fun. A clichè which can be applied to the time spent at university. Having spent three years at Edge Hill University between 2012 and 2015, those will undoubtedly be some of the most memorable years of my life. I got the chance to improve my confidence in many areas of life, as well as gaining several transferable skills that would be essential for future employment opportunities. For me, it was my first time ever living away from home, and so was a huge change for me, as it would be for most undergraduate students. If you choose to live away from home for at least one year of your course, this will more than likely be a daunting prospect, albeit an exciting one. Having taken the decision to move out of the family home myself to embark on a three year journey, I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone considering applying for a course at university, particularly if the university is a considerable journey away from home, although commuting may be a preferable option for some particularly if their institution is a short distance away from home.

Whilst it may not be for everyone, given the huge cost of tuition fees can be a huge turn off for many, or perhaps the amount of assignments that is required amongst other factors, I can assure you come graduation day it will all be worthwhile. Some however may choose to head straight into work, or perhaps begin an apprenticeship or training course after completing compulsory education, but whichever route you choose to take it is important to ensure that you choose the correct one that works for you in order to give you the best chance to make the most of life’s opportunities, and that you can be satisfied with the route you have chosen.

Fast forward three years, and the last few months of university were upon me. The thought of entering the big bad world felt overwhelming to say the least, but the end was in sight and I had to prepare for the fact that at least for the time being, I would have to move back to my hometown of Walkden and prepare for working life. For a while I was unsure on the career path I wished to take, however I now know that I wish to turn my passion for writing and social media into a career.

Graduation day came along, on the 23rd July 2015. I was accompanied by my parents and Grandmother, and when walking up to shake the hand of the University’s Chancellor, it was without a doubt one of the proudest yet most nerve-wracking moments of my life to date. I graduated with a 2:1 in English and Media and worked so hard to achieve the grade I was aiming for. All those hours spent researching and writing assignments in the library and elsewhere led to this very moment, and it had paid off. When reflecting on the time I spent at university, I have no regrets. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing people who I wish to stay in contact with for many years to come, having experienced moments with them that I will never forget. I made the decision to go to university not only to enhance my career prospects, but to improve my confidence, gain independence and enjoy life. All this was certainly achieved, and equipped me well for the years ahead.