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First things first – Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a good New Years Eve, whatever you got up to! If it involved drink and you’re currently feeling fragile, get some greasy food!
As it’s the first day of the new year, I’m sure many of you are deciding on some ‘resolutions’ for the next year. I have to say, I can’t ever remember a year where I thought of the year ahead. I’m not sure whether this is a good or bad thing. This year however, is something I’ve been thinking about for the past month or two, for a few reasons.
First of all, I will hopefully be graduating from Uni this year! The amount of work I know I am going to have to do is stressing me out. I’m aware that there are plenty of other courses that require even more work, but for me personally, I am more of a practical person. Having to write a 4000 word essay, along with an 8000 word dissertation, is quite daunting. I also have to complete a practical dissertation, which is essentially based on this blog, and me ensuring that I stick at it!
The fact that I am so close to finishing Uni, means that I need to plan what happens next. The only thing I am sure of at this moment in time, is that I won’t be doing any form of further education within university. Going to uni has been one of the best experiences I have had, however it’s a well known fact now that it doesn’t give you any guarantee for the future and overall I just don’t feel it would be worth doing a masters or something similar.
There is then also the issue of whether I will be able to stay living in Leeds, or whether I will have to move 160 miles back home to Worcester. I love living in Leeds, yet as a student it’s easy to forget that the student loan is essentially what is providing you with somewhere to live. Knowing whether I will be able to afford to continue living in Leeds is frustrating as it is something that I can’t be sure of, and therefore makes planning and organising the living situation super difficult. I have also found that living away from home has made me appreciate it so much more.
Finally, I think there would be a lot more opportunities for me, in regards to media being what I study and aim to work in, if I were to stay up north. Currently I live quite close to multiple TV & Film studios, which is ideal, as well as Manchester being a short journey away. There is the issue though of no matter how good the location is, I’m still going to have to find a job which is secure and provides me with the financial stability needed.
Although this year is already raising my stress levels, I’m not going to allow it to affect me finishing my degree. As for the ‘New Years Resolution’, I don’t feel the need or see the point in making a list of things that may well be unrealistic, especially as it is just added pressure.
This has been my most wordy post to date, so if you’ve hung on till this point, thank you and have a good day!
I’m intrigued to know your thoughts on 2016, are you looking forward to the next year?
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