Life chapter review: University

Be prepared for a long soppy self review of the last chapter of my life: University.

After 4 years, i’ve finally finished university! It’s such a cliche but it has been a journey. I still remember the sick to the stomach feeling of leaving home back in 2014, so nervous and excited about what the next chapter in my life would entail.

I admit, I found first year hard because I wasn’t looking after my mental health. I struggled with adjusting to the independence, I was overthinking everything and was going too hard on nights out to cope, which lead to behaviours that I'd never thought I would display. I’m sure people that were around me could tell I wasn’t in the best place mentally. I’ve learnt that keeping an eye on my mental health is important and I hope by speaking out about having a low point will help someone know that things do turn around.

Once I had taken care of myself, independent life became great and I thoroughly enjoyed my second, placement and final years. I feel like I've done a lot of growing up since I was an 18 year old fresher and I feel the healthiest I've done in years.

I met new and amazing people, who I will cherish forever. The housemates i’ve stuck with since day 1 of first year are my second family. My coursemates, who are some of the funniest and caring people I’ve ever met. The friendships that have formed from freshers and nights out. I’ll miss all of you.

I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved at uni. This final year has been a challenge, but my favourite in terms of the work I’ve produced. Being able to be as creative as I want and produce a product that is wholly mine for my graduate project has felt great.

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of my university experience. My friends, my lecturers and to my amazing mum and dad for supporting me.

Thank you Bournemouth for the craziest but most amazing 4 years of my life so far. I’m so excited to enter the next chapter of my life: the real world.

Adam Hale