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When I started my degree three years ago, 2015 seemed like it would never arrive. However somehow,I'm sat here having just handed in my final assignment and have a mere 7 weeks left of my university life. I can't quite believe how quickly it has come around and I feel myself reflecting on the last three years of my life. So if you're just finishing your degree or even just considering applying to uni, here's a few things I've learnt.
1. You will change - This for me, was certainly a good thing. I've grown as a person and become much stronger and more determined to get what I want. Three years doesn't seem all that long in the grand scheme of things, but I feel my experiences will stay with me for life.
2. Making friends isn't all that hard -I met my now best friend on my first day at uni. We've spent the last three years supporting each other through our degree as well as having a hole lot of fun along the way. Graduating with my bestie, will be a pretty exciting time.
3. It will be hard - I'm not going to lie, second year was tough. In fact, that's an understatement. I'm pretty sure most people in my year will have had that moment where you think you just can't do it. But you come out the other side, a little bit tougher and a little more wiser.
4. Time management is the key - If I was doing my three years over, I would without a doubt manage my time better. Looking back there was no need for me to be panicking over last minute submissions, when I had so many month's notice. I have got better over the past few years, but there is certainly still room for improvement.
5. Everything will fall into place - I found going into my final year very scary. But all of that hard work over the past two years just seemed to fall in place an suddenly everything clicked together. With that my confidence grew and helped me push myself a little more out of my comfort zone.
6. Be proud - I know degrees aren't the be all and end all of life, but I've worked bloody hard to get where I am. I am incredibly proud of myself for getting this far and truly putting my heart and soul into my placements. This has ultimately made me a happier person all round.
7. Make sure it's right for you - Last, but not least, don't rush into it. I went to uni straight from college and ended up dropping out after my first year. I simply wasn't doing something I loved and ha felt pressured into just making sure I got a degree. Four years later I returned to a different university to embark on this degree and I couldn't have been happier with my choice, University will always be there when you're ready, just don't rush if you're not.