So I have made it to Christmas break and I’m finally back home from uni. I can’t believe I am almost half way through my first year of university already, and so I wanted to use this time to really reflect on what I have learnt, what I am enjoying and areas I need to improve on.
Going to university has been something I have wanted for myself for a very long time, but it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I knew exactly what I wanted to study. So when I got the highest grade in my Diploma for visual arts and got accepted into my first choice university, I knew I was on the right path. And I couldn’t have been anymore excited.
However moving 100 miles away from home does come with it challenges, especially for myself who loves family time and very rarely steps foot out of my comfort zone. I have had to learn to enjoy my own company, how to communicate with myself, how to stay self motivated and how to feed my soul, as well as juggling cooking, cleaning, socialising and uni work itself (just being a general adult).
In terms of my course I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment so far, and all the skills I have developed. From struggling with working in groups and not being able to speak confidently in front of a seminar group, which I really struggled with in the beginning, I have really grown and improved. My lectures not only inform me but they also inspire me and motivate me, which has made a huge difference to my learning. My course has taught me to be more aware of what’s going on in the world around me, especially in terms of the fashion industry. As well as the importance of putting in extra hours of reading to develop my knowledge, which has in turn really developed my style of writing and has allowed me to develop a voice which I confidently use to give my opinion.
Looking forward in 2019 I would love to increase the amount of extra time I put in to read, as well as broadening my range of reading material. As well as being a lot wiser on how I use my spare time in order to accomplish more, I know I could get a lot more done in 24 hours than I currently do. I would also like to develop my skills further on Adobe software programmes and build my confidence, as I know this would be a great to have when going into the industry after I graduate. Overall I’m excited to learn more and continue to grow and improve, and make the most of my first year at uni.