Thoughts of a Student

Thoughts of a Student

People have this conception that students have it easy, and that frustrates me. Yes, being a first year student I consider was the easy year now that I look back, but at the time it’s a massive transition from high school where the likes of your teachers would hold your hand until you left the nest. University oozes independence, so that in itself can be a shock to the system, it certainly was for my naive little 17 year old self starting university back in 2013. I’m in my final year now, and even after 3 years at university I still have moments when I have no idea how to write an essay, struggle with referencing, and absolutely despise presentations with every ounce of my being. Despite the challenges, university is one of the most socially enhancing, and educationally advantageous experiences I’ve had, and the thought of it coming to an end next year fills me with slight sadness.

I don’t know how many of you can relate to this, probably a good few, regardless of whether you’re in your first or final year of high school, college, or university, we all wonder what the next chapter of our lives will entail. I’m in my Honours year of Psychology, and I graduate in literally 7 months, which is both exciting and terrifying, you could say there’s the concept of ‘fear of the unknown’ because once you graduate, what’s next? There are people who are so set in stone with what their next step in life is and have everything all figured out, but me? I’m still not entirely sure. Right from a young age your constantly bombarded with questions asking you want to be when you grow up, and if I’d have stuck with what I said when I was a little girl it would have been a bus driver, but things change, people change, and I can’t even drive yet so. Questions such as “what are you going to do with your degree?” or “what job are you planning on getting at the end of uni?” are constantly asked, like a record on repeat. To ask someone like me questions like that when I can hardly decide what I want for my dinner on a daily basis proves difficult.

I’ve went through many possible career options in my head, from teacher to psychologist, it’s a constant back and forth. Whilst people in my year are currently applying to further courses or post graduate jobs, I’m sat pondering about the future, wanting to be sure that when I do decide the path I’m going to take, that it’s the right one. I love education, I love learning, and although I moan about it, I enjoy studying so I would love to go on to do a masters degree, but as much as I would love to spend many more years in education I also want to venture out into the real world and gain as much experience as possible, earn a wage and become financially independent. That way if I do decide to do a post graduate degree I can fund it myself without having to rely on the likes of my mum or loans. I’m hoping that something miraculous happens next year in my final semester of my studies, something involving me waking up one morning with the rest of my life planned out, but somehow I think that’s highly unlikely, but that doesn’t worry me.

I don’t know what my exact point was in this post, just literally as the title says…thoughts of a student, well how I think anyway. As I’m getting closer to graduating, questions about the future are constantly springing to mind, but I believe that things will work out the way they’re supposed to. Although there may be times when I have a major breakdown the night before an exam, or simply cannot get my head around an assignment, I know it will all pay off. I may not have a set in stone plan just now, but that could be a good thing? Sometimes the best things that happen are those that are unexpected and unplanned. So if you’re like me and a little unsure of the future and what career path you want to take, don’t let it stop you from doing what you’re doing now, it’s common to be unsure, it’s common to juggle numerous different options. Just work hard and be yourself, and that’ll lead you to your final destination.

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  1. November 21, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I have to admit – this is something that annoys me too (people thinking students have it easy); I have two parents that are polar opposite. my mum is very understanding and thinks the amount of pressure students are under is terrible whereas my dad is typical “stop complaining it’s not work”. loved this post x

    Mia //

    • November 21, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      My mum is the exact same, super understanding and if I was to do poorly on a test or something she’s still happy that I’d have tried my best. I’m glad you enjoyed it x

  2. November 21, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I have that exact same book – “psychology -the science of mind and behavior”. I’m currently doing a one year unit in psychology, such an exciting subject. I definitely get you with the whole “what to do next”- feeling and I think we’re always going to be a bit lost. But just remember to always do what you wanna do the absolute most! I bet things are gonna work out great whether you stay in school, get a job or decide to travel – all of them are great experiences! x

    • November 21, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      How are you enjoying the book and your one year unit in the course?? I really love psychology, so many interesting things to learn from it. Exactly, there’s definitely times in everyone’s life when they’re not sure what’s next. You’re completely right though, as long as it’s something I enjoy then I’ll be super happy. I love your positivity x

      • November 22, 2016 / 8:10 pm

        I’m really enjoying the course as I find psychology so interesting! You learn so much that you can corporate into your every day life. Not too excited about my exams getting closer though, haha! And, thanks, I really try to view everything as positive as I can! x

        • November 22, 2016 / 11:38 pm

          I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it, it is really interesting. I’ve done it for 3 years so far at university, and one year prior to uni when I was in high school. Like you said, you can definitely implement what you learn into daily life, that’s one of the great things about it! Good luck with your studies x

  3. November 24, 2016 / 3:01 am

    Love this post Holly & I can definitely relate. I’m in my second year so still have a year & a half to go but I genuinely don’t get referencing at all, it’s still something I struggle with even after a year of doing it. It’s so true that we’re made to decide what we want to do from so young & that adds unnecessary pressure; whenever anyone else was asked that question they’d always know the answer to it & I was always the one that said ‘I don’t know’ because even in high school I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up. I mean, I loved writing but that was about it. Only recently I’ve realised that that IS what I want to do when I ‘grow up’; write.
    Even now in my second year of uni everyone else seems to know what they’re planning to do once they graduate & again, I have no idea. I know that I love writing, but would I be able to pursue a career in writing full time as soon as I graduate? It’s definitely not as easy as ‘so what are you going to do with your degree then?’ like some people may think, but you’ll figure it out girl, thank you for sharing, I genuinely enjoyed reading this post.
    It might be a good idea to get some experience/work for a year & then do a masters, as then you’ll have had a ‘taste of the outside world’ if you get what I mean? Whatever you choose to do, I’m sure will be the right choice for you, just remember to do something you enjoy!
    Good luck, everything will work out for the best xxxx

  4. March 17, 2017 / 12:15 am

    I just found this post today and I can so relate to this! I’m in my final year of psychology degree as well so it’s both exciting and scary to make a decision this big regarding your direction of the future! Have you made any decisions or had any clarities since writing this post? Just interesting to know what other psychology students are venturing in xx

    • April 6, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Ah you’re a psychology student too? Hello! Hmmm I’m still not too sure career wise, but I’d love to work with either children or elderly so I think getting some voluntary experience in both would be good and then help me decide wbu? xx

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