As I write this, it’s 3 days exactly till I leave home for the first time ever (not literally!), and head off to the bright lights of De Montfort University, Leicester, to study Journalism and embark on the last step to the big, real world, something which has seemed so far away for years of my life, but is now just around the corner. It’s the moment that for me, and my friends, has been in the making for the past 4 years of so, starting back with the picking of GCSE’s, the completion of said examinations, the move up to A-Levels and finishing them this summer. And it’s here.
In one sense, it feels like a lengthy 4 year period, spent toiling over stupid subjects (Religious Studies anyone?!), revising hard for exams and all the stress that both carry. In another, looking back on it, it has flown by, although the same could be said for the combined 13 years of primary and secondary school education that has just ended. But this is really it. The majority of my friends have already departed for pastures new, to places like Huddersfield, Birmingham and Leeds, not too far, but not too close either. Sure I’ll see them again holidays, and they will be great reunion times, but they’ll be missed greatly.
However, away from the losing of old friends (and I’m not really losing them, just ‘lending’!), and onto the positive prospects of the new experiences uni offers. The new friends, living on my own for the first time, cooking for myself, washing clothes etc! Life skills are going to be learned for sure. I’ve already met a few of my prospective flatmates and coursemates via Facebook, everyone seems brilliant, so I definitely should have no fears there, hopefully I’ll find a bunch of people to bring to the pub every week for my ‘Super Sunday’ Sky Sports fix. Money could be a small issue, but I’ve applied to several part-time jobs in my new ‘home’ city Leicester, and for the foreseeable future, I hope to carry on a small job back in my real hometown of Derby to help support myself, and fund a fair few nights out.
Plus, the job prospects! This blog was started around 14 months ago, on the advice of a Journalism lecturer, as it can ‘show my skills off’ and ‘practise writing for an audience’. 7,000 views and 87 posts later, my love for reviewing films, games, sport and music has grown massively, I enjoy writing each and every post, seeing the feedback I get and watching the views rising. Thanks to everyone that has read even one post, it is very much appreciated.
It’s my dream to be a journalist, be it sporting, films or even something completely different, but remaining in the written press somehow. Travelling the world, seeing and writing about the best sporting events on the planet for a living sounds incredible to me, and it is the thing that motivates me the most, to try and get out there and make the most of my life!