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Four Years Later, I Graduated

Graduating Royal Holloway, four years later...

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Hey everyone! Yasmin and I was very inspired by a Buzzfeed article we saw a few weeks ago with a collection of grad photos taken at In and Out. Sadly, my In’n’Out days are over since leaving California but London has plenty of Five Guys!

To say that my University experience has had it ups and downs is very generic, but also very true. It now feels surreal to say that I actually have a degree. The University process can feel so long sometimes and you get so stuck with the label of ‘student’ that when you finally receive that certificate, it doesn’t quite seem real. I’ll be updating my CV today to say that I officially graduated. Hopefully that will make it a little more real for me.

I studied at Royal Holloway for four years to receive my BA in English. It took one year extra because I chose to do an additional study abroad year at UCLA where I studied French and American Literature. A lot of people questioned my decision to make my degree longer. But it was absolutely the best year of my whole degree. If I could give any advice to students it would be to take a year or a semester out. Whether that’s a study abroad, Erasmus, year in industry or just a break to go travel and learn independently in the middle of your degree. It’s perfectly allowed and will make the world of difference mental health wise.

My other solid pieces of advice would be to get involved as much as you can. Heard it before? It’s because it’s tried, tested and true. Try all the clubs and sports that sound interesting to you and whittle them down as you move forward in your University career. You’ll end up with lots of friends, with a variety of different interests even if you don’t stay in those clubs/sports for a significant amount of time.

And so after four years, of tantrums, debt worry, heartbreak, laughs, tears because I’ve been laughing so hard, learning, failing to learn, reading and reading and writing and writing; I finish with a 2:1 from Royal Holloway. I couldn’t be happier to be done and ready for this next chapter.

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I’d love to start a University series to help some of my readers at University. Talking about Dissertations, how to make sure you get the most out of your free time etc. Let me know what topics you’d like me to cover!

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