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October Reflections – University Begins…

October was an intense month; I think anyone who has just started university will agree with that. It’s had a lot of ups and downs and has generally felt very confusing – it’s like the rug is constantly being pulled out from underneath me and I’m not sure if my feet will ever actually be touching solid ground. Bearing this context in mind, I thought the best way to approach October’s roundup post would be to focus on the positive things that have happened, rather than trying to condense all the emotions of the month into one chaotic assortment…

First week of lectures

Coincidently, the 1st October lined up perfectly with the first day of all things academic: lectures, seminars, piles of reading… At first I was thrown into a bit of a panic with the amount of work that seemed to be piling up from hour one, but as the weeks have progressed it has become easier to know what needs doing and when. I’m studying Sociology, and I’m enjoying many of the topics we’re covering, so that’s a good sign I think!

bridge with trees in autumn

Trying new things

University work isn’t the only thing to take up time in the first few weeks though – there are so many new activities and events to get involved with. It can be pretty overwhelming. In my first few weeks I tried out a whole number of things I’ve never done before, from zumba classes and jiu jitsu, to joining a society dedicated to the appreciation of hummus. There are plenty of things I didn’t get to try out but I’m sure more opportunities will be there when I have the time.

Making friends

Over the last month I’ve met some truly wonderful people at university, and I can honestly say they have made everything about my university experience so far so much better than it could’ve been. The kitchen singalongs, the baking and the chats, the laughter and the tears and all the hugs. It’s a strange thought that I didn’t know any of these people two months ago.

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Getting a job

Nearing the middle of the month, I got interviews for the two jobs I applied for at the start of term and ended up successfully landing one of them. It’s a role I’ve never really had before – more on the side of communication, generating creative ideas and administration, so that’s an exciting change from jobs I’ve previously done (in customer service, for example). I’m excited to have another focus other than university work because I often find that academic stuff is like gas particles: it will expand to take up all available space. So by giving it less potential time, or in other words, a smaller container, it won’t feel so all-consuming.

Learning to prioritise

Uni work is important but sometimes your mental wellbeing has to come first. This is something I thought I knew before starting university… It turns out I’ve had to work harder than I thought I would in order to not feel guilty for looking after myself. It’s okay to take breaks; it’s okay to have days away from the computer screen. (These are the little mantras I have to remind myself of every now and again).

uni campus autumn

That brings us to blogging…

In the quest for perfect prioritisation, throwing myself into studying and looking after myself, blogging has definitely been the neglected element of my life. That’s also something I’m coming to terms with though. I can’t put all my energy into everything all the time, and it might take me a while to pick up the itch for writing online again. I still posted five times throughout October, so I guess it’s not quite reached the tumbleweed-state I’m attributing to it. It’s more a lack of engagement with other bloggers that has been the problem – I haven’t had time to read other people’s content and that makes me feel very disconnected from a community I used to feel so involved in. Hopefully I’ll be able to get fully immersed in it all at some point in the future though!

And on that note, I think that’s all the key positives from the past month. What was October like for you?


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12 thoughts on “October Reflections – University Begins…

  1. Johnzelle says:

    I’m always so excited to hear updates about university! Sounds like you’re doing all of the things and having a good time. Glad you’re taking care of yourself and that you have the mantras to keep your self care in perspective. I’m sure the blogging community doesn’t feel neglected. We’re proud of you 😊 Take care!

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  2. simplycarinaxo says:

    Sounds like you’re settling in nicely into uni 😀 I enjoy reading these updates! Uni can take a bit of getting used to can’t it aha?! Learning to balance uni and a job whilst maintaining a decent social life ain’t an easy task so don’t feel guilty if one thing or another like your blogging gets neglected a little sometimes (you still posted far more than me in October if it makes you feel any better haha). Just make sure you find a good balance with time to look after yourself ❤ xo

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  3. Lavanya says:

    I’ve literally posted the exact same thing now in my blog and the first post I see is of someone facing the same problem. 🤣🤣 I can totally relate with not being able to engage in with other bloggers because some days I’m too tired to read or even comprehend anything after the busy day I’ve had. Good luck with college life though.

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  4. Rachel says:

    I enjoyed my first month of freedom from university, it’s weird! Enjoy uni while it lasts, it’s such a great time where your friends are all in once place. Don’t feel guilty about not blogging, it should be a fun, relaxing thing and if you don’t have time, then you don’t have time. Take care, can’t wait to read more about what you’re up to! x

    Rachel || anotherstationanothermile.com

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  5. Hannah says:

    It sounds like you have had a really good start to the new term! I always find the first term the hardest as you are just coming back from a long summer holiday, doing hardly anything everyday, to having to be in lecture all day Monday to Friday and doing work outside of those hours. Friends and family definitely make the transition easier. I love that you tried a hummus loving society – I think the clubs that University provide are so incredible but also some a little crazy! xx

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  6. Bexa says:

    I’m so glad to hear that uni is going well for you Alys! It sounds like you are really making the most out of the experience, I love that you joined a hummus appreciation society! That’s brilliant, he he! Congrats on your new job, it sounds like a really exciting opportunity. I know the feeling about not having enough time and energy to do everything, I’ve also had to cut down on blogging so I can keep up with my studies. Even if things seem crazy busy now, it is reassuring to think blogging will always be waiting for us when we are ready and life has settled down. Take care lovely, thank you for sharing your update ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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