I am graduating (finally) from university next week! Wow, only took 5 years and 3 schools but here I am! I have grown so much in the past 5 years (how has it been five years?). I think that in university it is a great learning experience for not just academics but life in general. My degree has given me so much more perspective so I guess in this case my academics have informed my life greatly.
When I left home at 18 I went 8 hours away and was so naive in thinking I knew what I wanted to do. I loved my first year, there were ups and downs but I met my very best friend, we still talk pretty much everyday (sorry she knows I’m not a phone caller so it’s just texting) and I will visit her as soon as I can!
So what have I learned in university and why is this post warranted on my beauty and lifestyle blog? Because a large part of my university journey was beauty and fitness. I also learned so much about myself, about leadership, about activism, about feminism and about people. I thought I would make a post about what I learned in uni and some advice if you are just entering the the uni world.
First, what did I learn? I learned a lot about myself. When I came to my current school, I wasn’t sure who I wanted to be anymore. I knew what I wanted to do with my life, I had more of an idea at least, and finally found myself mind blown by the content of my courses which is what I was missing that first year of school. I learned extensively about things I had never thought about before and this helped shape me as a person. My first year I was in an odd transfer student status so I spent most of my time spinning with my friend from home and getting used to the university workload again after my year of college. The past three years were also when I first started to learned about beauty and makeup. I know, it feels like forever. But fun fact, it was the summer of 2016 when I actually started wearing and understanding makeup (also the summer we found Buttons and I met one of my best friends). It wasn’t until this year however that I was inspired to really start blogging about beauty because it has become so mainstream I didn’t feel as weird blogging about it as I did when I started this blog as a naive 18 year old.
Second, I learned to love fitness again. After 13 years of skating I was frankly lost on my fitness journey. I was used to having somewhere to go, I was used to going to skating and being coached all the time. Spinning of course was great, but when the instructor I loved left (such sad) and my friend graduated, I started my running journey. This running journey was the reboot of the blog! The following year aka 2017-18 is when I got a personal trainer and continued running and battling fun injuries (I’m being sarcastic here) and I was able to be a leader in my department and work a great job.
Advice for uni specifically: I have participated in a lot of recruitment fairs with my department and faculty, and everyone I see I tell them to either take a year off or be prepared to switch majors and not know what you are doing with your life. Its okay to be scared, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to not make automatic friends, its okay to not be friends with the same person you met in first year, it’s okay to take a gap year. I think the most important thing to remember is that even if you end up transferring a year of education and life learning is never wasted!
If you are graduating or just going into the post secondary life, I hope this post was helpful and interesting!