Reflecting on my previous years at RGU, I have come to realise that I have learnt quite a few vital life lessons along the way. I would have to say that the most important lesson I have learnt would be to try to find the balance between your social life and work (and when I say ‘work’ I mean either a part-time job, your actual studies or even a mixture of both).
In terms of my course, Forensic and Analytical Science (Disclaimer: My course is not like CSI, and we don’t get to see dead bodies. I also have no particular intention of ending up in the police for a future career – answers to very FAQ), there are times when I definitely have felt pressured to do well in coursework assessments, practical tests and exams, just like any other student. But being able to unwind and detach yourself from that stress is equally as important as getting the grades you want.
Last year (3rd Year) had a massive impact on the way I look after myself and how I approach situations. I developed, what seemed quite suddenly, depression and anxiety. Unfortunately so common, and so unspoken about, these mental health problems can really impact your life. At one point, I was on the verge of dropping out of my course and if it hadn’t been for my boyfriend, friends and family that were there to support me, I don’t know where I would be now. I must stress that if you feel you may have depression or anxiety, you are seriously not alone. Seek help (I would highly recommend the counselling service at RGU) and it will truthfully change your life.
I can gladly say that I have dramatically improved and am now even going out of my comfort zone by trying out women’s rugby and aqua classes! If you had told me this time last year that I would be feeling happy again and sometimes, dare I say, invincible, I would have laughed in your face. It just shows that the company you keep and the support around you can be so important in your life.
Going back to finding that balance, I think keeping everything in perspective is very important, and to never go against who you are. Life is hard, but after each obstacle, you will come out a stronger person (Very cliché, I know).
Personally, I seem to have transitioned from 20 years old straight to elderly woman since the start of fourth year, and I am completely okay with that! I much prefer a good binge watch of Netflix, lighting a few candles, and getting cosy with a blanket instead of being cramped in a club surrounded by strangers as my way to relax. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good night out now and again, but I would much prefer a quiet night with my closest friends having a meal or relaxing at a bar. Boy how I have changed since 1st year!
Hopefully I haven’t put you off and you now know a little more about me and what I do,
Until next time,