So, after nineteen years, I have decided that I am not someone who likes change and, given that my summer consisted mostly of falling into an ongoing cycle of eating pizza and watching old episodes of The Big Bang Theory, you can probably guess that I find myself a nice little routine and I stick to it. I like getting up at the same time and following patterns and schedules. I like seeing the same familiar, friendly faces every day. I form strong attachments to places and the memories that exist within them and thus find it pretty hard to leave anywhere.
However, learning to adapt and evolve has always been an essential part of life and, in a way, that’s exactly what I’m doing by starting university. I’m expanding my mind and my social skills and ultimately, making a better version of myself through knowledge and independence and new experiences… or at least that’s the plan.
In all honesty, it hasn’t exactly sunk in yet that I’m starting somewhere new because, I don’t think anyone’s ever truly ready to start a new school, or a new career, or a new anything; I think it just sort of unfolds. One day you just jump in head first and it happens, whether you feel prepared or not, and eventually, you become so accustomed to it that all of a sudden your first day becomes your last day and your new acquaintances are now your dearest friends and you’re ready to start the whole cycle all over again and move on to pastures new.
In summary, I think what I’m trying to say is that you can buy the entire stationery department of WH Smiths or completely reinvent yourself with a whole new wardrobe or go on every social media website trying to bond with every single one of your classmates. But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how prepared you are, you’ve just got to do it. Look back on the past with fondness, but embrace the change and focus on how this is going to be a challenge unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
University is the place where you’ll be able to learn freely, without ticking boxes on an examiner’s checklist or scribbling tedious homework on the morning bus ride to sixth form without creating an original thought. Here you’ll actually discuss the things you’re passionate about with people who are just as passionate as you.