|Even my gingerbread man had a mortarboard and scroll|
As you may have seen on Twitter or Instagram last Wednesday, I finally graduated! The day was lovely and a little weird — they hit the ground with a massive staff at the start of the ceremony and half of it was in Welsh, which I think is awesome but it meant I couldn’t understand what was being said (I can say ‘Shwmae, butt!’, the Welsh version of ‘Alright, mate!’, and I can count to seven because that’s how many platforms there are at Cardiff Central). I really enjoyed it though; I had fun seeing everyone and the uni gave us a free glass of something bubbly — gotta get those freebies in while I can, right?
I say that this is everything I learnt, maybe not everything (not all of you are gonna be interested in free indirect style and tbh I still have trouble defining it myself) but I thought it might be fun to make a list nonetheless. This is all the life stuff — both student life and life in general.
Everything I Learnt at University
There is no such thing as ‘a quiet drink’.
People are a diverse bunch. There will always be someone who lives up to stereotypes, and someone who subverts them royally.
You don’t have to justify yourself, it’s okay to like what you like and feel how you feel.
He ain’t worth it. You can do better and you deserve better.
The best treatment for beard burn is Dream Cream from LUSH.
Dealing with real life stuff — bills, rent, food shopping — is a faff, and no one likes it.
But occasionally you might cook yourself a bloody lovely dinner and you’ll be really proud of yourself.
The little victories will mean a lot to you (‘I remembered to put my washing on!’) and there’s nothing wrong with that.
The people in the pharmacy have seen it all before.
Someone out there thinks you’re a shit and there’s nothing you can do about it. (I actually read this in an issue of Glamour and it’s so true. It sounds kinda harsh but I like it; it’s a good reminder that you’ll never please everyone and helps me concentrate on what’s best for me.)
It’s not worth being around people who make you feel like the worst version of yourself.
People will fall in and out of your life. Some of them you’ll grow apart from naturally, and others will just vanish. This is completely normal.
Seeing your friends after being apart for a long time is the greatest.
Everyone has their own story, their own shit to deal with.
Everyone else is winging it too.
I think that just about covers it — I’ve probably forgotten something but you get the gist, I’m sure! My years at university were incredibly up and down but things definitely got better as time went on, and I don’t regret going for a second.
What did you learn at university? Would you add anything to this list? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.