The Post-Uni Blues
Over the past few weeks, I have seen an abundance of blog posts and tweets online from students heading back to uni, starting new terms and sharing the love for their courses and subject areas. To be completely honest, this has left me feeling a little … left out and maybe even a little bit jealous. I really didn’t expect to feel this way – and I have a feeling that stressed out student Lindsey would probably punch me in the face right about now.
Year after year, I headed back, ready to start a fresh new chapter. A chapter that would stress me the hell out but I would secretly love anyway. For 6 years this structure is all I have really known. I would head back in September, study my butt off, turn in my work, receive my results in May and head back to do it all over again. However this year things are a little bit different – well, a lot different. The safety and predictability of the higher education term is now gone.
Although I may have stressed a hell of a lot over deadlines and assignments, I genuinely loved my time at university. Over five years I studied two subjects that I am super passionate about. I learned so many amazing things and had some pretty amazing experiences along the way. I really could not have asked for a better experience in education.
To be honest, since graduating I have felt a bit “meh”. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a clear vision of the career I want and I have been working tirelessly to get there. I am extremely passionate about my field and I know that I’ll get there eventually. However, this journey is taking a little longer than I had anticipated and to be honest, this is a little deflating. At the moment I am working in the same job that I have been since I was 18. Whilst this is a job that I really do enjoy, it is not ideally where I want to be. I have always chosen to do what I love, and my career goal follows this same mantra. Although some people may think that it is naive to believe that you can find a 9-5 grind that you adore, I don’t think this is the case. I could quite easily pick up a position that doesn’t challenge or excite me for the sake of moving on. However this has never been my way, and if it takes a little longer to find a role I love – then that is the way it will be. Until then I will continue to work my butt off reach for my goal.
A few months ago amidst crazy dissertation writing panic, I would never have imagined that I would find myself writing a post about how much I actually miss Uni. But hey, here we are. I guess this feeling comes with any change in life I suppose. I don’t really know if this is something you are interested in hearing about but I thought it might be nice to share a little bit about my experience with the not so glamorous side of graduating.
Have you recently left higher education? Do you have a case of the post-uni blues?? I’d love to hear about your post-uni experience.