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Friday, June 1, 2018

Reflecting on my First Semester at Uni


Today I finished my first semester of Uni. I decided to read over my Starting Uni blog post and even though it's been less than three months since I wrote it, I feel like so much has changed. If you read that post, you'd know that my transition from high school to Uni wasn't the smoothest of changeovers. Everything felt so foreign and strange to me and it really made me question the whole idea of Uni and all the decisions I'd made leading up to starting. The way I was feeling was completely normal for someone who tends to get really comfortable doing things a certain way. I'm someone who takes a little longer to adapt to new and different situations however when I do, I forget all about my initial doubts and uncertainties.  

Overall, I really liked my classes this semester. There was one paper that I didn't find as enjoyable as the rest of my classes but I could definitely see the benefits of its teachings. The weeks after writing my blog post, everything started falling into place. I was settling into a weekly routine and this really helped me feel more comfortable in my classes. Throughout the semester, I found the workload pretty manageable. I found that work outside of class was almost just as important as work during class. Self discipline and studying without the teacher's aid was something that I felt pretty okay doing. However, I feel like you're more likely to get in a creative rut when studying alone. Which is where study groups came into play. Arranging study sessions with classmates was a great way to not only bounce ideas off one another but also get to know them better in a more casual and relaxed environment. I think the best friendships I made this semester were created through my study sessions with them. At the start of the year I was definitely worried about getting to know people but all it took was time and a couple of study sessions to rid myself of that fear. 

Something that's really cool about design school is that everyone has a creative passion or hobby that they specialise in, whether that be painting, typography, clothes making or digital art. During the last half of the semester, I really started to feel at home amongst all these creatives. I wasn't used to being surrounded by people who thought so similarly to me. At high school, you're interacting with a range of people with very different interests and thought processes. At design school, everyone is unified by the same goal. And that's to create. This realisation made me appreciate the institute I chose even more. Looking back at my Starting Uni blog post, it's nice to see how I've progressed over the course of 2 and a bit months. Even though the start of the semester got off to a bit of a shaky start, I'm glad things played out the way they did. It's been a real learning experience for both my design and personal life. I can't wait to see what the next semester holds! 

Thanks for reading! Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!


33 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finishing your first semester in uni! The transition from high school is a bit hard but it's a smooth ride once you find your speed. Glad you enjoyed your classes and had a good balance. It's great that you're taking advantage of your opportunities! :)

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thank you for your comment Nancy! You're 100% right. Once you get into the swing of things, it becomes a lot easier. :-) AnnieChanie

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  2. It's so great to hear that you liked your classes as that's so important. I know that for some first semestar can be quite hard. You got me think about my fist semester and how everything was so new and interesting to me. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. That's so true! It really makes a difference. Thank you for commenting Antonia! :-) AnnieChanie

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  3. I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying uni! It’s so important :-)
    I hope it’ll continue as smoothly on the next semester as well :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Jasmin! That means a lot! Yes, me too! :-) AnnieChanie

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  4. Congrats on finishing your first semester in uni. I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying your classes!

    Eleanor May || www.eleaanormay.com

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    1. Thank you Eleanor! Yes, they've been really great so far! :-) AnnieChanie

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  5. It’s amazing to read your beginning to enjoy university.
    I had a 5 year gap between school and university and so I can’t imagine how difficult it is to transition straight away.
    All the best for your future studies!

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    1. Aw, thank you Lucia! That's really sweet of you to say! Oh wow, that's really cool that you took a five year break from studying! :-) AnnieChanie

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  6. Sounds like you're really enjoying it!
    Glad it's going much better after a not so good transition. Enjoy next year xx

    Annelies | thefrugalfrenchie.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Annelies! Yes, definitely! :-) AnnieChanie

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  7. As long as your enjoying yourself then that's the main thing!At least you're more settled in now x

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

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    1. I really am! Aw, thank you Ashleigh! :-) AnnieChanie

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  8. I am glad your like your courses. it is very important to really enjoy your uni experience. Congrats on your first semester! it is often such a big difference from high school!

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    1. So different! But now that I've adjusted, I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you Corinne! :-) AnnieChanie

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  9. I share and can relate to all the concerns you had at the start of the year! I've finished my first year too, and the time really flies doesn't it! COngrats x

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    1. Now that you say that, yes it do go by quite quickly! Thank you for sharing your thoughts Caroline! Congrats on finishing your first year! :-) AnnieChanie

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  10. Congrats on finishing the semester. I regret misbehaving so much when I was at uni. It's such a privilege to get an education. Take care xoxo

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    1. Thank you Kate. Wow, that statement is so true. I appreciate the feedback! :-) AnnieChanie

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  11. Congratulations on finishing your first semester of university! The time really does fly by and it only gets quicker as the years go along so definitely enjoy every opportunity that university offers to you!

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    1. Aw, thank you Sara. I will definitely take your advice on board! :-) AnnieChanie

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  12. It's so nice to hear that you've settled in a lot more now! It's the worst making a big decision and having all the anxiety that you regret it initially. I really hope the next few semesters go just as well for you!
    Alice Xx

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    1. Yes! You phrased that so well! It's hard but you've just got to push through. Things always turn out okay in the end. Thank you so much Alice! :-) AnnieChanie

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  13. Congratulations on your first semester at uni! I’m
    glad you found people that are creative. Finding other creatives make you feel so much more at easy and at peace! Great post! I’m proud of you!

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    1. Thank you Shayla-Marie! Your comment is so lovely! It is really nice to be surrounded by like-minded people. :-) AnnieChanie

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  14. Congratulations on finishing your first semester, so glad you’re a lot more settled now.

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Heather! :-) AnnieChanie

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  15. Congratulations on completing your first semester of uni! The transition will continue to get easier, and time will fly!!

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    1. Aw, thank you Chloe! I really appreciate your comment! :-) AnnieChanie

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  16. Congrats on on completing first year, fresh starts are deffo difficult!

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    1. Haha, yes! Thank you Lily! :-) AnnieChanie

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  17. https://lilybassx.blogspot.com/?m=1 | Lily Loves

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