My Degree Results Are In!

Exciting news! I found out I’ll be graduating university with a high First Class degree in computer science. I’m so happy with myself I could scream!

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I’m so proud of myself!

Four very hard, very demanding and very tearful years of university have come to an end and at least I have something incredible to show for it. I may no longer want to pursue this industry but there’s no doubt that, if I ever wanted to find a place back into computing, I’d be welcome with this qualification.

Before the release of my results, I was actually pretty down about graduating. I don’t want to walk onto stage in front of hundreds of people – I feel sick just thinking about it. There’s so many outdated, old-fashioned rules that have to be followed during a graduation ceremony too, so it’s really not my cup of tea. But, now I have my results, it feels like it can be an actual celebration. A goodbye to two of the best and two of the worst years of my life. University has been an absolute rollercoaster of emotions!

During this time, me and Matthew built our little family together. We wouldn’t have our home if we didn’t decide to study at The University of Hull. We wouldn’t have our cats. Our life is wonderful and, despite the ups and downs we faced at university, coming home together was always happy.

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What I Learned From Two Socially Awkward Years at University

Let’s start by painting a mental picture. Think of a typical group of 19/20 year old students. Think of student hobbies, think of student lifestyle, think of student housing and think of student mentality. Like most, I bet you thought of a group of young, wild, loud, messy, lazy teenagers who still rely on their parents for money which they eagerly waste on alcohol and noodles they eat out of the pan. Was I close?

In comparison, I felt like a 60 year old lady. Whilst the rest of my peers would head off to the student bar in between lectures, I’d head over to the library. As they returned to the student bar after class, I’d much rather head home to my tidy, cosy home where my cats, kettle and fluffy pyjamas await me. I must have been a bit naive to presume that just because I was studying a stereotypically ‘nerdy’ subject there wouldn’t be a whole lot of the above.

University of Hull

The University of Hull

Although I felt uncomfortable and awkward at first, eventually I realised it doesn’t matter. I lost the care for what people think about me long ago, probably when I was around 18 and fresh out of sixth form. I’d suffered enough public stress breakdowns from the work load to be embarrassed of taking pride in my education!

I realise not everybody (okay, more like barely anyone) my age who is studying at university is like me. Chances are you were/are probably just as wild at heart, but if you’re not that’s okay too. There is such a strong media presence of the ‘typical’ student, that people presume it’s the norm and follow in the footsteps of those before them. I’m settled and I’m happy. I’m lucky enough to have started a huge chapter of my life early, because I found my soul mate and my search is over. People have different priorities, different hobbies and different lifestyles.

If you happen to be starting your first year of university (or even are returning with a change of heart) and dreading this social situation,

  • Don’t let anybody force you into going anywhere/doing anything that makes you uncomfortable.
  • You’re not boring. You would simply much prefer to spend your free time somewhere you can talk to your friends and actually hear what they’re saying.
  • Find a friend who has the same attitude as yourself. Whilst everyone else wastes a bunch of money at a nightclub, you can treat yourself to pizza, booze and films at your place!
  • Don’t feel unwelcome just because you aren’t a regular at the bar. If you fancy a night out, go for it. No one will judge you. No one cares enough. They will just be happy you’re there!
  • Do what makes you happy, and stop worrying about what others think of you.
  • Despite all the above, just try to enjoy yourself. It doesn’t last long, and I can’t imagine there is much freedom after graduation!

Hope you’ve had a nice day, lovelies!
How was your university experience? Did you live the typical student life, or find a different path?

-Morgan

180 Degrees

Throughout everybody’s life, there are many decisions that changed (even slightly) could have altered the course of their life completely. For me, it could have been as simple as which group of friends I decided to grow up with, the choices and mistakes I made as a teenager or the decision me and Matt made to move into our first home so young. Most importantly, though, the one decision that altered my life so completely and so quickly was the choice to move from studying English to Computer Science at the University of Hull.

Hull University

Hull University

I went to Wyke Sixth Form College, and I loved it – mostly, this was because I love having lots of things to do, and unlike University these ‘things’ were diverse. English Language, English Literature, Photography and Applied IT: based completely on my courses, you would think I was definitely planning for an English (or writing) based future.

I was. Completely. For as long as I can remember, it was always my primary passion. I read books, I wrote books, I wrote poems and, once I grasped the idea of careers, I was sure I wanted to teach English. The dilemma arose when I surprised myself with how brilliant my Applied IT grades were. They were better than my English grades, and in fact, I barely dropped a mark throughout the entire computing based course. Properly threw a spanner in the works, as far as my organised future was involved.

When it came to applying for University, I was still adamant English was my path. Thank heavens for my then-teacher Kevin Penny… Without his advice, suggestions and positivity, I most certainly wouldn’t have added a sneaky Computer Science course into my University application. Typically, to add to the complete 50/50 choice I was about to make, I had been accepted into both courses.

I eventually persuaded myself that I would get my English ‘fix’ through my love of reading, and by peaking into Matt’s English degree, and I thought to myself “surely, I still get to write in a Computer Science degree”.
After a lot of thinking over, I did it – it’s only the rest of my life, no big deal… I stepped completely out of my comfort zone into a huge, new world. I basically had no programming experience, no web development experience and if you had asked me to name something as simple as “a programming language”, well, I think I’d have told you “Russian”.

It was, easily, the best decision I’ve made. I picked up the course so quickly, and eventually I began to fall in love with everything about it. (Until the devilish second year of the course, ouch, but hey-ho, I still earned myself a very strong 1st.) It took a lot of hard work, but I’m good! I’ve been so proud of every grade I’ve received so far and I’ve even earned numerous 100% grades – if you’d have told me that during college, I’d never believe you! My Computer Science degree hasn’t completely swallowed by love of English – I am still an avid writer and I haven’t lost my love of books. It has allowed me to have the best of both worlds, luckily… It could have just as easily been the worst 180 degree choice I made.

-Morgan