University

September 9, 2014

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I graduated on this day 3 years ago with a BMus in Classical Music from Goldsmiths. The time has flown since then! I genuinely think that going to Goldsmiths was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I can remember feeling confused during sixth form, and I read every single prospectus available at my secondary school whilst increasingly thinking: is this it? The whole idea of university seemed completely redundant until I found Goldsmiths: it seemed to me to be full of creative, innovative, curious people. 

It’s kind of impossible to sum up what I gained overall from my degree; I very firmly think that everything we do affects and shapes us in one way or another. I found so much at Goldsmiths; on one level I made great friends (many of whom have turned into collaborators and colleagues in the three years since we left), I had some amazing lecturers and I got the most brilliant higher education. On another level I found the validation for myself that I’d been lacking in my own life before then; validation for education and art that I’d struggled to find in secondary school. Goldsmiths ultimately showed me that being myself is a good thing. I’ve always been quite fiercely individual and independent but a lot of the fight I had as a teenager evaporated at university; I didn’t need to stand up for who I was or be resilient to other peoples remarks. Instead, individuality and personal expression were encouraged and rewarded. I pursued my own interests wholeheartedly and was introduced to whole other worlds of thinking and art.

University sometimes gets a bad rep: people can feel lonely or isolated, find that they chose the wrong degree or struggle to feel like they fit in. I luckily didn’t experience any of those things! For me going to a non-campus university was perfect: I still felt connected to the real world, and at the same time the New Cross-Deptford area was small enough that I was constantly bumping into friends and coursemates even when not strictly at uni. Goldsmith is quite a small university and was the perfect size for me; it’s a friendly, supportive environment and I’m still widely connected still despite being in different years or on different courses. I find the current tuition fees horrifying; going to university as one of the most gratifying experiences of my life and it’s upsetting to think how many people will pass over uni based on the fees alone. If I’d skipped university, I’d be without many of my friends, lots of my keenest interests and some of the best experiences of my life. Thank you Goldsmiths. 🙂

7 responses to “University”

  1. Denise says:

    That’s really very nice that you enjoyed it so much! I agree with you that all kinds of things have an impact on who we are now! And to know ourselves, how we work best! Very nice that you enjoy the way you have built your life since your graduation and during! Keep on enjoying it and life gets better and better! denisesplanet.com

  2. Kim says:

    that’s really awesome that you learned about how you work best at college, I didn’t really realize that until a few years ago after I had been out working for quite a while. I think it’s really awesome that you are confident enough to build your life around your skills and your passion. I think you should do a post about what you did after you graduate, like you said sometimes it’s hard and takes a while to find a job but people need to know that anything is possible 🙂
    you should go for it 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just gone back to uni and it’s so nice to hear about what a wonderful experience you had! I’ve had a great time reading your blog and nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂 The info for it is on my blog
    http://simplysarahelizabeth4.blogspot.com/
    Sarah xx

  4. Sarah says:

    I’ve just started back at uni and it’s so nice to hear about your good experience! I’ve had a great time reading your blog and nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂 The info for it is on my blog
    http://simplysarahelizabeth4.blogspot.com/
    Sarah xx

  5. Glad you enjoyed Uni so much. I miss my Uni days.

    Lizzie’s Daily Blog

  6. jessthetics says:

    It’s great that your University experience was so positive for you! I definitely only became the person that I am now during University. I loved my degree and I think studying Philosophy was important for me because it’s where I learnt about feminism, animal rights, environmentalism etc. but just moving away from home and meeting interesting people and having the freedom to be who I wanted to be was empowering for me. I’d love to hear more about what you got up to after Uni, and how you managed to create oppurtunities for yourself and forge your career path. I haven’t really found my feet yet post-graduation and some tips would be helpful. Oh, and I’m so excited to be studying again this year!! xxx

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