So… It’s been a year and a half now. A year and a half since I graduated from the University of Edinburgh. Since I am no longer a student. And since I can no longer enjoy that student discount. Movies are quite expensive you know. A 10% off ASOS is always welcome. Many other things happened since. It has been a bit of a roller coaster. But mainly a good one.
There has been a few moves up and down the United Kingdom. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, London. And as many opportunities to learn, to grow, to find myself and have a clearer idea of what I want from life. There has been failures and successes, all of whom were lessons. There has been broken and new friendships. People getting out of my life and people coming in.
Yet, the biggest change probably was leaving university and entering the working world, which also meant entering adulthood. Which is quite hard some times. But enjoyable at the same times. Actually, they are aspects of both lives I miss and enjoy.
What I miss from university
- A carefree lifestyle, no responsibility but to pass exams and barely any consequences.
- Skipping classes to go chill in the sun or sleep in.
- Going out every other night and be able to function in class nonetheless.
- Long lunches with my friends.
- Having loads of time for me and a social life.
- Student discounts.
- Four months summer and holiday every other month.
What I don’t miss from university
- Having to spend days and nights at the library to study.
- Exams and essays, deadlines and grades.
- Having no money and being financially dependent.
- Dealing with the administration.
- Getting super drunk on cheap alcohol.
- Drama over so-called unfair grading and who gets the best grade.
I miss a few things about university but overall, I am SO GLAD I am no longer a student. Yes, it is not easy every day but I am still having a blast. Being in control, making money and spending it the way I want, enjoying what I have, traveling. So, I might still be a bit uncertain about my career and things, but I am quite enjoying life right now. I am sure many more surprises and good things are to come.
Amongst other, I am adopting a teeny tiny kitten in July.
Still need a name for her. She is ginger so maybe Gingembre.
Also, I feel this needs to be mentioned. I am talking about my experience here. I am well aware university is different for everyone on many fronts, that not everyone can afford to be carefree or enjoyed their time as a student.
Shop the look
Denim jacket – Primark
Skater dress – LOTD
Straw bag – Topshop
Shoes – Single Price (10% off with MARIE10)*
Sunglasses – Boohoo
Watch – ADEXE London (15% off with CORINNE10)*
What about you? What do you miss about being a student? Anything you’re happy to live without? How was it for you to leave university and enter the working world?
Thanks a lot for stopping by. Hope you liked this post.
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*Some items in this post has been gifted to me.
Life of a college student sounds really nice but at the same time you really have to worry about school, and your future at the same time.
Your clothes are so cute and I love those shoes!
I miss only the summer/holiday vacation. I like having my own money and be more independent even if I’m not a huge fan of 9 to 5. Good luck with being an adult 🙂
I’m glad things are going well! I want to see your kitten when you get her! I just love cats. This is such a pretty outfit.
If it were financially possible, I’d stay in university forever. I love the atmosphere! And I’m not ready for the real world, haha! But I do think the real world is easier than university because even though I had a job related to my degree for about six months between my undergrad and my Master’s, I rarely had to take it home so to speak with me where university deadlines and work are always looming.
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I definitely do not miss being a student or course work, homework and tests! I mainly miss the summer breaks, holidays and snow days! I love your outfit BTW.
My daughter felt the same way about not being in school anymore. She want to go on with her education but could not afford it.
I haven’t gone to University just yet, but Sixth Form seems the same at the moment!
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I was pretty to leave uni behind once I finished it, but now that you mention it … a student discount is not a bad thing 😉
Firstly, you look AMAZING in these photos! I love your outfit and that bag is stunning!
Secondly, I relate to so many of these points! You’ve had a really busy year since leaving university, I’m very impressed at how much you’ve done! I definitely miss the more relaxing aspects of uni, the holidays, the discounts etc, although I do miss the academic side of things too!
I finished Uni this year, I officially graduate in July. It’s good to hear life after Uni is going to be okay haha! Being a student is fun, but I’m glad It’s come to an end xx
Its definitely a huge change to go from student to work! I love the name you are thinking about for your kitten too! So adorable!
You are getting a ginger kitten? Oh my! That’s so exciting! Can’t wait to see pics ?. I never went away to uni but studied with the open uni instead, so can relate to deadlines, pressure and exams. Being free must be an amazing feeling! Your outfit is super cute as well, your shoes are so pretty! ?? xx
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This outfit is SO colourful and those SHOES! So pretty 🙂 It’s so good to hear you’re enjoying not being a student anymore, I couldn’t wait to leave uni and bailed on my degree after foundation…I’d never go back! x x
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It’s been almost a year since I finished my A-Levels and I still haven’t fully decided what it is I want to do with my life, but I definitely miss the long breaks as well, life was so much easier than I realised.. ???♀️ I love your shoes in these pictures by the way, they’re beautiful! ?
Loove the outfit you have in your photos! Them shoes are so pretty! I didn’t go to University, but I am doing an apprenticeship. I do have some of the plus sides with the discounts and all but also I am working so I can spend my money how I would like to and gaining experience which is great! I also get all the holidays off which is even better 😛 it sounds like you’ve had quite a crazy year though – but it sounds like you’ve coped really well. I hope the rest of the year is great for you 🙂
I personally never had a proper uni experience, I only did a foundation course for a year and never lived in dorms, James on the other hand is jumping right into the deep end and living in a different city straight after leaving, so it’s good to read and understand a bit more of the changes from this side!
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Your pictures in the post are lovely, love your outfit! So glad to see you’re enjoying life after uni – I know many of my friends found it really hard to adjust into a ‘normal’ routine after 3/4 years at uni!
Love this blog post, I’m in my second year at university at the moment and leaving uni is forever at the back of my mind and it was interesting to see what other people miss and don’t miss about uni!
My uni experience wasn’t the greatest so I was quite happy to leave, but I can relate to a lot of these. When I did graduate I had major regret over not taking full advantage of the discounts. And life before that ‘what next’ stage was pretty fun x
I graduated almost nine months ago and feel very similar. It’s really hard to live without those student discounts though.
Always a transition is difficult I still miss my university days, my friends and all that fun. But could settle for those shoes you are wearing super groovy love them! A pair of new shoes can really help making my day better =)
Your clothes are so cute and I love those shoes!Your pictures in the post are lovely.
I never went to University but I know a vast amount of people that either loved it or hated it! It sounded like you had a great time at uni and you’re also loving life now, which is so good to hear!
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I can’t imagine what it is like to go to a brick and mortar uni. I was doing Open Uni until I got to unwell to carry on, I’m not a classroom type person and work better on my own time so for me it worked really well.
It’s been about 8 years since I graduated university. While I do miss some aspects, the freedom that adulthood gives is so much better. I love your shoes in this post! Are these pictures from your trip to Italy with Ana?
It’s always a hard transition. Especially if you come out with a degree that you don’t want a job in, like I did.
Congrats on your new kitty! There are highs and lows to every phase of life. Enjoy right now!
It’s been three years for me – crazy how time flies. The thing I miss most about university is the long summer vacation!
Enjoy your new phase of life! Change is good. Great outfit and love that purse!
J’adore ton style !
Your shot was very nice !
You should enjoy your new phase in life! Life after college is amazing. Some places here don’t really check the validity of a student ID so I still use mine when I get to….
☼ cabin twenty-four
I totally miss university, but I am glad to be more financially independent. However I also wish I had that more varied schedule. It would be a lot easier to do my blogging!
Love your outfit.
I love studying and the discounts that go with it too
but hey now that you’ll be working
you will be more financially stable.
Adulting is hard…but you can do it.
There’s a 100% chance I’m going to buy that dress you’re wearing! So nice! I never went to uni so I don’t have any experience to compare this to. I wish I did though.
While college life gives you all kinds of freedom, work life takes it away. In the former, you have no economic freedom. In the latter, you have it but lose the freedom you used to have. The fusion is life.
Being an adult isn’t easy but it also brings freedoms with the choices you get to make. Enjoy this new chapter!
You look amazing! It looks like post-school life is agreeing with you. It can be hard to adjust but it sounds like you’re doing well. Enjoy your new life and new kitten.
That straw bag is just too cute! I love the floral print for springtime celebrations.
First of all, love your outfit! Second, this was such an interesting post to read seeing as I have just graduated! I can relate to all the things you have mentioned on here and honestly not dealing with exams and essays for me is the best part haha! xx
You look great like you always do. I do remember those long breaks. I do remember still having them when I was a teacher, even though it wasn’t what I wanted to do long term. It was nice to have all that time off and be able to go on long trips.
Congrats on your graduation from University! It is an adjustment from student life to adult life but I hope that you continue to find oppurtunities that enhance your life.
Firstly, love love your shoes!!! and I’m so glad you’re enjoying life after uni. I graduate next year, and I quite frankly, I’m terrified! It’s the fear of change and the unknown that gets me! I’m definitely going to miss the student discounts too lmao! Also so exciting about the cat you’re getting! Can’t wait for all the cute pics!
Great post! Sometimes I find myself missing being in University as well. I actually enjoyed studying and the “school” side of being in school. I remember saying while at University, “If only I could get paid to research, write, and learn new things. That would be my dream job.” Well, in a way, I kind of have that now and it is amazing.
ENJOY your time out of school, before you know it, 10 years will have passed like a snap of your fingers.
haha, I felt the same way after graduating university. Eventually I just left England after uni. But now my cuz is at uni I may think about going shopping with her soon just for the student discount. Cute outfit btw
I miss university. I graduated in June 2016 and started working almost immediately – oh man! Getting used to the 9-5 was the most difficult bit! Also, not having super long summer holidays.
Luckily, I get to go back for a year in the Fall! I’ll be doing a Journalism degree and I am super excited. But not that excited to live off a student budget once again.
First of all, I LOVED your outfit ♡ I’m still a university student (first year), so I’m trying to enjoy as much as I can. And the ‘unfair’ grading is happening right now, haha!
I am definitely with ya! I’ve been out of university for the 2nd time now and probably the last (don’t think I’ll do a PhD) and it was a bitter sweet feeling knowing that was probably my last student life experience 🙁
I just graduated from my university this past weekend, and it certainly is an exciting time! But you are right, now having to worry more about finances and not being as carefree is a change.
I pretty much felt the same way when I finished uni, there are parts of it that I miss a bit now but overall I’m still so happy to not be there anymore!
Julia // The Sunday Mode
I actually really miss sometimes my university life. Even all that homework, papers and essays.
Congratulations on graduating!
I definitely agree with your points haha I miss the good ol’ days of uni sometimes!
Also loving the outfit, super cute! & those shoes!!! LOVE THEM <3
I do miss the social side and living away from hone when I was at uni. However I hated my course so I was glad to finish it!