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my first year at uni: how it went

Hello my loves,

I officially finished my first year at university!

You may remember this post from last year where I announed that I was starting a degree – I basically explained everything in that post as to why I was doing it, what I’d be studying etc. so I won’t repeat it all here but basically, it was something I’d been considering for a long time because since leaving school and going into full-time work, the educational side of me had always felt unfulfilled and I wanted something to occupy my brain. Call me crazy but I actually wanted to study and learn and write essays etc. because that’s something I enjoy doing – it makes me feel productive – but me being me I was umming and ahhing over it for a couple of years before I actually decided to take the plunge, because I was always too nervous and thought it was a big commitment and what if it went wrong and yada yada. Welcome to my brain.

It’s very strange now to know that I had that thought process for a couple of years, actually (eventually) took the plunge, and now I’m sat here all this time later saying that I completed my first year.

I’m very proud of myself. If you’d told me all that time ago that I’d be sat here now having finished my first year and it went really well and I didn’t die, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Back in my original post I said I was doing a psychology degree in order to teach English abroad as a foreign language. I realise now that I didn’t specify what type of psychology degree I was doing so – I’m doing a degree in child psychology. There are many routes I can take with this, I might go into the psychology field itself, I might teach, I might teach English abroad etc. – I’ll probably teach abroad first and then do the more permanent stuff later, it depends how I feel at the end and what path I feel is most suitable at the time. I really enjoyed my first year and I’m so proud of myself because not to sound arrogant but I did so well, I got distinctions in everything and considering that’s my first taste of university and I essentially didn’t ask for any help, I feel like I can give myself a huge pat on the back. I know first year is the easiest and that it only gets harder and more serious from here, but I’m really looking forward to starting my second year and studying my new modules – they sound so interesting and I can’t wait to get stuck in. I love the fact I can tailor my modules to suit me, so I can study the things that I find most interesting. I love education ???? I wanna be Einstein clever. That’s my goal in life, I wanna be so clever that my brain is so big my head can’t even contain it.

Okay maybe not, but you get the idea.

So yes, I feel like I had the idea for this post with more intention of writing things but I’m not sure what else to say and I wanted to post this little follow-up just as a record for myself and you guys. I’ve said it before but one of my favourite things about blogging is essentially getting to document my life – all of my thoughts and feelings – like a diary, and being able to look back on them in years to come. It’s all about believing in yourself and believing that you are good enough and you can do these things, As I mentioned in this post, it’s all about challenging yourself, it’s all about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone because that’s truly when and where your life begins.

Taking this step for me may not sound like much but it was a huge challenge for me like I said – something that I would almost do every year but then never actually feel brave enough to, but this time I just went ahead and did it. I didn’t overthink it, I just pressed all the buttons and enrolled and now here we are, and it was fine and it was great and nothing went wrong and I did it all with flying colours and now I believe in myself just that little bit more.

You can do anything you put your mind to and I believe you’re all capable of doing amazing things – we can all change the world one step at a time. I hope that if you’re at uni / college / whatever you may be doing everything went well for you this year too. We got this 💫✨

All my love,

Chloe .xx

34 thoughts on “my first year at uni: how it went

  1. Wow I’m so proud of you girl! ❤️✨👏 You are amazing. Congratulations! 🎉 I wish we could celebrate it together. If I think of myself I feel sometimes like a failure because it’s been three years since I finished my studies and still have no job also because of mental health. I guess it’s okay. I’m just still afraid. You really did so well. It’s hard to push ourselves especially when we are anxious. I know most of the time things go well. It’s our brain which says the opposite. Love you ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you so much angel !! I wish we could too:( you are absolutely NOT a failure – what was that thing you sent me? “Mental health is not a personal failure”. REMEMBER IT. You are so brave and always try your best and that’s the most you can do and it’s fine ❤️ I promise you are not a failure. Love you more xxx

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  2. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU CHLO. I felt like a proud mum, I really did, I almost clapped mid-way through reading this post because YOU DID IT. Your motivation, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn is beyond inspiring and something a lot of us could probably need more of. I think especially in our culture, we tend to take education for granted. Reading this post reminded me of my own first year at uni (I am now in my last) and the anxiety I felt when I first started was overwhelming. You made an incredible leap and decision to pursue something you are passionate about, even if it seemed scary! I am so proud that you are living by your resolution/intent to push yourself more out of your comfort zone and to face those challenges instead of running away from them. The courage and strength that must have took should not be underestimated. Never. I am beyond happy for you, Chloe. You deserve this. Don’t you ever let anyone tell you that you don’t xxx

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    1. You are just my favourite ever hahaha THANK YOU 💛 this really made me smile. You’re seriously the nicest, also congratulations to you for being in your last year !! Thank you for always being so supportive of me because it truly does mean the world and it never goes unnoticed. Thank you Fiona ❤️ xx

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  3. You’ve completed first year! Well done! I’m really proud of all your achievements, and your ability to figure out what you love. Keep going, lovely. You’re doing so well 🙂 But also don’t forget to give yourself one fat reward for completing a whole year of university! x

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  4. I truly loved this post! I’m so tired of apologising for wanting to learn and for having succeeded – it just shouldn’t be necessary! If we don’t remember to give ourself credit the journey of evolving just isn’t the same. It sounds SO interesting what you’re studying at UNI, and I feel like we’re funnily enough very similar in terms of wanting to get as clever as Einstein – I for sure have the same drive. It’s like my brain is this big sponge that just can’t function without some sort of school stimulation lol. ANYWAY, great great post! It definitely made me look back at my year in school which BTW went SOO much better than the year before ❤ So I'm also really proud of myself xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Karen ❤️ You’re so right !! I think we’re definitely similar in that sense too hehe, and who says we shouldn’t be proud of it ?? It’s good to have so much drive! So glad your latest school year went better than the one before it, I’m so proud of you !!! xxx

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  5. Congratulations!! ❤️ This is such a huge accomplishment. I’m finishing up my last year so reading this brought up me back to how I felt my first year. And yes to psychology!! I’m a psych major as well so it always makes me happy to see others who are in it / interested in it as well ☺️

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  6. Congratulations on finishing your first year!! I am super proud of you ❤ I am so excited to keep reading about your journey and seeing all of the amazing things you will accomplish!

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  7. I am so proud of you. Congratulations! I know that your first year did not necessarily end quite how you thought it would but hopefully you will be returning in September for your second year and it will be just as good! Now send me some of your motivation!!! xx

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    1. Thank you Hannah! Yes I’m sure it could’ve all ended better for us this year haha but we just have to roll with it, it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop for anybody anytime soon! I’m excited to get stuck in for second year. Sending all the motivation your way !! xxx

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  8. Congratulations, Chloe!! Reading this made me feel so happy for you! And to think you didn’t simply do it; you thrived!
    Also, wow, teaching English as a foreign language abroad sounds so great! All the best for the next year too! Love to you ❤ xx

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    1. Ahh thank you so much !! You’re always the sweetest 💛 Hopefully my goals are something I can actually achieve one day, so fingers crossed! Sending lots of love and light your way ✨ xxx


  9. That is SO amazing! Congrats to you. Getting distinctions is really cool. And yess I absolutely can understand that wanting-to-be-clever part. Most people give me weird looks when I’ve said that before but really it’s such an enriching feeling!! Way to go!
    And I’m really working on believing more in myself so this was of help. :))) XX❤

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    1. Thank you so much !! 💜 Literally ignore all of the people that give you weird looks when you say things like that, there’s nothing cooler than saying you want to be as educated and smart as possible – some people just don’t understand it. I believe in you !! ✨ You can do this xxx


  10. Woo go Queen! Congratulations super star, you smashed it and I am beyond happy you’re proud of yourself! You deserve it ❤️ Also I remember reading your post about going to uni! How crazy fast does time go!? Wow!

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