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!