When I decided to drop out of university at the start of last year I’d expected to just be out of education for the summer; a few months tops. However after a slightly longer than intended break my impending return to higher education has crept up and now I’ll be starting my new course in a matter of weeks. I’m mostly excited because my new course sounds like the perfect fit for me, but there’s a niggling part of me that can’t help but worry about being fully prepared for starting all over again. A year might not seem like a long time, but when it comes to college and university there are so many things to prepare for - especially seeing as I’m going to continue working at both my part-time job and on my blog too!
I suppose the biggest adjustment will be getting back into the way of learning, which in all honesty I’m actually really looking forward to. I love the education environment and I always knew that I wanted to return to learning at some point, so I’m really excited to get stuck into lectures and tutorials. Studying, exams and reports maybe not so much, but I’m sure it’ll only take a few weeks to get back into the swing of things! I’m hoping that it’ll help having a real interest in the topics I’ll be studying which include digital imagery, copywriting and consumer behaviour.
One of the best things about being a student again is being able to make the most of the student-only deals, like discounts in my favourite shops and student bank accounts. Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Account boasts a whole host of benefits including a free National Express Coach Card which gets you 1/3rd off National Express tickets. My Coach Card got a lot of use when I was studying in Aberdeen as I travelled home with National Express every. single. weekend. Those pounds add up! You can even get 10% off coaches to Europe too if you fancied a little continental adventure on the cheap, bonus. Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Account also allows for an interest-free planned overdraft which is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to those unexpected costs just before payday. Why are those books always so expensive?!
It’s no secret that I love shopping and can never resist some cute stationery so I take great delight in being able to slightly justify my obsession. Writing things down helps keep my brain organised and I’m definitely the kind of person who learns better from writing notes. I can see a lot of Paperchase visits happening, especially seeing as my campus is just a few minutes walk from the Glasgow store! Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Account also comes with online banking that can be accessed from your app in seconds with just your fingerprint, which is very handy for a serial shopper like me who needs to keep on top of her sending. This year, however, my shopping habit has gone one step further to celebrate starting a new course and I've treated myself to a new laptop to help me keep up with both college and my blog on the go - as opposed to relying on having access to my desktop. A big splurge, but I think it’ll make a difference and hopefully make life a little easier!
That leads quite nicely into the thing I’m probably most worried about - time. I feel like I’m only now getting used to my current routine after starting a new job at the beginning of the year and it’s all about to change! It’s going to be a big adjustment fitting yet another thing into my schedule - especially something as important as college, so I’m preparing myself for a little bit of upheaval whilst I get settled in. It’s fair to say that my blogging schedule will probably be a little disjointed as a result of this, but isn’t it always? Change can be such a good thing and all of the excitement for starting a new course is definitely overriding the slight anxiety surrounding it.
It’s going to be strange starting again and having to get to know a whole new set of course-mates, a new campus and an entirely new syllabus but I am so excited to get stuck back into it all. Now I just need to perfect my college wardrobe, which will hopefully be a whole lot easier without the added pressure of studying a fashion related course, and try to figure out how to tone down my sarcastic sense of humour so I don’t scare any potential new pals off on the first day…
Do you have any tips for returning to education again?
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