Around this time three years ago, I was moving into halls, starting my first year at the University of Lincoln. On the way, I had thrown up and the car had broken down, so my first day of moving out and starting my life at university had not begun well.
On Wednesday 7th September 2016, I officially graduated with a 2:1 in English! After spending my first and second year struggling to get above a 2:2, I managed to achieve my goal and get the grade that I wanted!
My three years at university went by so quickly! I stumbled through first year, considered dropping out in second year, and then managed to make it successfully through my final year, achieving grades that I didn’t think I would be able to.
After having my writing skills shot down in second year, I ended up getting a really high mark for my dissertation that I had put so much work into! I’m normally terrified of trying my hardest at things, in case it goes badly, but I’m glad I did for my dissertation.
My graduation took place in the Lincoln Cathedral. Lincoln’s main tourist attraction for a reason. It’s huge and the inside is so elaborate and beautiful. I didn’t get to look around much because I was staring at everyone going up, trying to work out what I was supposed to do when I got up there myself.
I was stressing so much, and to be honest, I don’t know why. I didn’t need to. I didn’t have to do a speech or anything like that. Everyone was in the same boat so I don’t know why I was so anxious.
My boyfriend, who I met on fresher’s week in my first year, was supportive my whole three years. He’s what stopped me from giving up and dropping out. He also got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a cuddly toy that represents me during my whole three years at university.
I will also miss seeing my Heathers/Mental Brigade all the time and not being able to spend all night procrastinating working in the library.
I’m really proud that I managed to get the 2:1 that seemed so unattainable during second year! I’m also really proud that I managed to survive the whole three years.
Thanks for reading! This post is really late, so I’m sorry about that! Right after finishing university I felt really lost and I had no idea what to do with myself, but now things are finally coming together!