Dear my 18-year-old-self,
I can imagine you now, sitting in your room worrying about the next few months of your life. You will have to make a decision about whether you want to go to University or not. The only thing you’re thinking of right now is whether to stay at home or move away and you can’t quite decide what you want to do. You want to get the most out of your experience, but you aren’t quite ready to leave home. But that’s okay, stay at home for your first year and move out for your second. You will be envious of your friends, but you’ll still be able to socialise and they’ll let you stay in their flat (even when they aren’t there)…
I can see you’re worrying about making friends, the ones you have now are great and you don’t want to forget about them, but you kind of want to see who else is out there in the world. You shouldn’t worry, though, as will meet so many new people at the university, some of your best friends will be people who you once met on a night out and didn’t even know the name of. But you’ll see them the next day in a lecture and well, the rest, they say, is history.
That’s why, I say, don’t panic about making friends because you will and you’ll make so many memories with them… like the time you played volleyball over the washing line and going to eat at the Slug and Lettuce every Monday for dinner, ordering a big platter of food and then asking your friend to finish it for you.
University will be the best thing you ever do (up to this date anyway). You have been inspired by so many people, achieved so many things and have changed in so many ways. As I begin to look back and tell you what university was like, there are lots of questions that I should have asked and didn’t. So go ahead, when you’re at an open day, ask how you’ll be assessed throughout your degree and what lectures are like. Don’t be afraid, this is an exciting time.
You will travel the country far and wide to visit Universities and you will find out so much, like the fact that you don’t want to do a Psychology degree with lots of science. You’ll see different types of accommodation, student unions and libraries, but you won’t feel at home like you do at Worcester. Don’t worry, though, you’ll be grateful of the mini adventures you had with your mum, and laugh at the time you got lost around a university campus and abandoned the accommodation tour.
With that said, you’ll look back at your time at University and wonder what on earth you were worrying about. You’ll cherish every single moment, memory and you’ll never want it to end. So my piece of advice to you is that the best days of your life are yet to come, so shoulders back, smile on and don’t be afraid to live.
Lots of love and all the best,