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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

LET'S TALK | FINISHING UNIVERSITY & MY FUTURE PLANS


If you would have told me about 2 years ago that I would be graduating University with a high 2:1 (I was 2 marks off a first, typical!) In Television & Radio, and leaving absolutely loving my course and the people I've met along the way, I would have sarcastically laughed in your face. Not going to lie, University hasn't been easy, I completely detested it for 2 years and was 0.2cm from dropping out altogether. However, my wise mother told me to stick at it for the sake of my future, which I did and I've never felt so accomplished in my entire life. 

For those who currently feel like this at University, or for those who may be considering going to University, you've got to take the bad with the good. I disliked my course pretty much immediately, I wasn't sure that it was the right course for me and I felt like a complete outcast, due to the fact I'm not that big on the university lifestyle. Everyone enjoyed a night on the town with £1 Sambuca shots, but I preferred watching Louis Theroux documentaries and drinking my body weight in tea. However, it's important to remember, although that's what you feel like you should be doing, you're at university to get a degree, not to have your hand covered in night club entry stamps - God, I sound like such an old women don't i? 

Fast forward to my final year at university, which I oddly enjoyed the most. I met an absolutely incredible bunch of people (Hi, Emma, Will, Conor & Craig - If you happen to be reading this) To be surrounded by people with such talent and kindness really made the year worth while. For my final year, I focused purely on Radio - Which was the best decision I've ever made. I love everything about Radio and the Radio tutors at my university are seriously top notch. Shoutout to Gary and Jimmy who 100% are not reading this. I think the main thing to focus on, especially when you're doing a creative degree is that it should be fun. Creating radio features honestly felt like fun and not work. Obviously, at times it was stressful and dealing with a bunch of technical equipment with 101 buttons can be frustrating and things don't always go the way you envisioned, but nonetheless, It was actually really fun! 

Now that such an achievement is behind me, and I've got the marks to prove it, It's time to start attempting to unbolt the door to my future. The dreaded door that I have no idea what lies behind it. Am I going to be serving coffee for the rest of my life? Am I going to work in Radio? Am I going to work in Social Media? Am I going to go freelance? Who knows? Cause I certainly do not. The thought of my future honestly scares me. The type of scared when your eyes are closed so tight you feel as though your eyeballs might implode. I suppose the fact I'm scared shows that I care, or at least that's what I'm trying to tell myself. Ideally, I would love to work at Global Radio, I have no idea what I'd be doing there, however, It's home to so many radio stations that I love, so just to be in that environment would be amazing. However, more realistically, I want to work in PR & Social Media, it's a job that still involves creativity and engaging with people and I think that's what I'm best at. 

Currently, I'm really focussing on my blog and YouTube channel, whilst I'm applying for jobs and trying to remain positive that good things take time and one day I will get the job of my dreams and laugh about how terrified I was to become an adult. Despite being 21, I still feel 15 years old, not going to lie. 

So, here's to attempting to remain optimistic about my future, graduating university and making my blog my #1 priority! *cheers* 

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4 comments

  1. I'm a huge believer that you don't have to plan further than what you have to. I changed careers after getting two degrees in a subject, working for 4 years and realising it just wasn't for me. If you told me that when I left my undergraduate degree I wouldn't have believed you. I think life has a funny way of making sure you get to where you're supposed to be so don't be stressed :)

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  2. I AM SO PROUD YOU HAVE NO IDEA! See you tomorrow to finally hand over your graduation present!

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  3. Great post Abbie! So many people will be feeling like this too, I did when I finished Uni, so take comfort in that! The future is long & wide open to you, so don't rush or feel like everything has to be figured out! Best of luck with whatever comes your way! x

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  4. This is a really insightful post.
    Congratulations on your degree, and hopefully see you around Manchester soon! xxx

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