3 Apr 2014


I thought it was about time that I shared a little update in regards to how I'm finding university life. It's pretty weird to think that I'm less than a month away from finishing my first year and it's also quite amazing to look at how far I've come since September.

So, back in my last post I had a ramble about how moving away for university was difficult for me. If I'm honest, that hasn't really changed - but it has got easier. I still hate being away from home, but last month I managed nearly four whole weeks without a visit home. While that may not be much for other people; it was a lot for me. It was made a lot easier by the fact that I had friends visiting every weekend and my dad ended up being in the city one night for work but I did still find myself having the occasional mope and spending a day or two feeling pretty sorry for myself. I have had a few moments since, such as coming home to find my bathroom flooded and everything absolutely soaked... that was an eventful evening. I made it through though and I'm very proud of myself for managing.

Workload wise, it's got a bit heavy. My first semester was nothing compared to my second! Thankfully I passed all of my first semester modules so I don't need to worry about any resits on top of all my work this semester. A fair portion (i.e. basically all) of my modules this semester have a really big focus on group work which has proved challenging at times but I'm sure will come in handy in the future. Despite the heavy workload there are some really enjoyable modules, such as Visual Merchandising & Store Design, and projects to take part in. For our Managing in the Creative Industries module we're having to put together a charity fashion exhibition (which you should all come to if you can!) and it's all coming together quite nicely.

Outside of academic work a big part of my university life is working on the student magazine - Radar (pretty please like our Facebook page). It's a massive commitment but also so much fun. Through the magazine I've met some amazing people and we get such fantastic opportunities, I'm really glad that I decided to join and would thoroughly recommend joining your student magazine if you think it's something that will interest you (and if you have one of course, if not - start one?!). Not only that, but our magazine won an award at our Student Achievement Awards for "Student Voice" and it was an absolutely incredible feeling knowing that our hard work was being validated.

Well then, I've nearly made it through my first year. Just three more to manage!



  1. Congratulations on almost making it through, although you're playing it down, to me it sounds like you're coping well with it, it's a big thing being at university. It's great that you're involved with the magazine and that it's been recognised!

  2. Congrats on making it through and I hope you carry on enjoying it more and more! I wish I'd been able to do modules in Visual Merchandising and stuff, I'm fascinated by it at work!


  3. Well done for making it through! Homesickness is horrible, and I found that it never really went away, but it does get much easier. Similarly the workload doesn't really calm down - last semester I had 8 assignments due within 2 months - but you will get better at managing it. Keep going!

  4. Such a helpful post as I'm starting university in September. What is it you're doing? I'm glad to be staying at home while there- I don't think I could afford to move. The magazine sounds really interesting, and well done on passing all your modules :)
    Julianne - julzobsessions.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Well done on being nearly done with your first year! Trust me it doesn't get any weirder, I'm over halfway through the whole thing now and feel like the time has just flown by! Don't worry about homesickness, it's perfectly normal. In first year I was constantly going back home, just because I only felt I could completely relax and feel secure in that familiar environment. Now my mum's the one calling me asking if I'm actually coming home at any point! I went eight weeks this term and only in the last ten days or so did I really start pining for home. It really is just getting used to it and pushing yourself little by little.

    I'm glad you're enjoying your modules. I couldn't handle the workload if I wasn't passionate about my subject.

    Bella . BELLAETC

  6. So glad that your life at Uni has gotten better! We still need to meet up at some point! Tweet me if you're free some time soon! :) Is it 1st year you are in or are you in a higher year? I really hope that if I get into Grays then I'll be able to join the magazine too! It will be great! :)
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!

  7. find your uni posts so interesting with starting in september etc, the magazine sounds wicked! xx

  8. Well done for making it through first year! I've graduated now and I definitely think first year was the toughest, because it's such a big change to adjust to. The workload might get heavier as you go through, but I definitely felt like I could handle it more as I got into the swing of things.


  9. I'm so proud of you Charlotte! x

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