#blogging4charity – U is for University
I think the greatest thing that I’ve ever done is to go back to university. I may have been older than a lot of my friends I made, but I think that it was the perfect timing for me to go back.
Being at university wasn’t just an education in the terms of academia, I learnt a lot about myself too. I learnt how to live with other people (even if it wasn’t always a positive experience), I learnt how to socialise (with and without an alcoholic drinks as I didn’t drink until my final year of university), I learnt how to budget money, I learnt how to cook for myself and I learnt more about who I was as a person.
Before university I was in a 6 year relationship and I had only found out the year before I am dyslexic. It was all a very new experience for me and I needed to take time to understand and appreciate myself for who I am. Not as someone in a couple, but as an individual on my own two feet. I think that was one of the biggest learning curves I had and it has made me a far stronger person than I was when I started.
Living with other people is never easy and I lived with some wonderful people at university who I have stayed in contact with and who I have absolute love and admiration for and others who I haven’t stayed in contact with and I won’t say any more than that. I loved being able to sit and talk with people and eat and discuss different cultures and backgrounds with my flatmates who came from all over the world; Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden, Turkey, Canada, China, Malaysia, Uganda and Northern Ireland. The one thing I really enjoy is learning about different cultures and we had some amazing conversations about all sorts of subjects.
I was never a very social person until I went to university. I really like my own space and I would much rather have a cup of tea and a natter than going out clubbing. Fortunately, I met some like-minded people at university and I drank so much tea with people, some would call me a tea addict!
It’s only since leaving university that I have struggled with money being in and out of employment. Before that I budgeted very well and would make it to the end of the month with money to spare to spend on books, not as in text books, but books for myself. There are times where I have struggled with money, but it’s only now for the first time in my life at age 30 that I am in debt, which is pretty scary!
I don’t think I would really have appreciated university as much as I did if I had gone straight from school. Having been in work and in jobs I haven’t enjoyed, I had a more ‘worldly’ experience and more of maturity than some of my peers. That’s not to say I didn’t have a great time messing around and hanging out with friends. I may have been the oldest but I could come out with some of the most immature comments for a laugh too and do recall joining in on the ‘argh! The floor is made from lava!’ in first year.
I don’t think I’d have enjoyed university as much if I hadn’t been given the support I was. There were things that I really didn’t enjoy and things that made me downright angry, but it was a very positive experience for me and I miss it very much. I am hoping that I can save up enough money so I can go back and do a postgraduate degree.
If you are considering going to university, whether dyslexic or not, my key piece of advice would be to take a year out of education and get a job for a year or travel (if you’re lucky enough to have the money) and see a bit of the world before diving straight back into education.
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