In 2017 I underwent one of the biggest changes in my life – starting university. By the time September rolled around, and it was time for me to leave for Notts, I was 100% ready to go. I’d hated A-levels with a passion, and my job was becoming a chore. I was excited for the change. Turns out I wasn’t as prepared as I thought. Don’t get me wrong I felt prepared (the unused garlic press that’s sat in my kitchen cupboard is proof of perhaps me being slightly over prepared!), but being at Uni is very different to how I imagined. Terrible accommodation aside, the last few months have been full of ups and downs, and this mainly stems from the experiences I’ve had during my first module of Fashion Communication and Promotion.
I’ve mentioned before how a creative course is something completely new to me, and this has been my biggest hurdle throughout the first module. I’ve learnt how to start a sketchbook, how to (barely!) use Photoshop, how to have a creative thought process instead of a strictly academic one.
Group work has been a main aspect of the first module, and whilst sometimes it’s difficult to give up control, working with peers on my course has benefited me massively (though they might not say the same about me!). Lots of them have done fashion based courses before, and watching them produce amazing work is inspiring and I’ve learnt a lot just by watching them.
We’ve had lots of amazing opportunities as well, from guest lecturers to a trip to NYC. Never in a million years did I think I’d ever visit the big apple, and I had such an amazing time, from going shopping at Soho to visiting The MOMA, I got to do things I’d only ever seen in ‘Friends’ and ‘How I met your Mother’.
I’m not going to sit here and say it’s been a breeze, in all honesty it’s been some of the toughest months of my life. Starting a new course is daunting enough, but leaving home was ten times harder than I ever thought it would be. Homesickness is something I’d never really experienced before, and I’ve definitely realised how grateful I am to have such amazing family and friends at home (I especially miss home cooked meals – pasta everyday doesn’t really cut it!).
The course itself has been super challenging. I’ve had to change how I think about things, going from a linear view on life to a more painterly one. Having lived in my comfort zone throughout High School and Sixth Form, as much as I complain, I am glad I’ve pushed myself to do something I’m genuinely interested in and passionate about, not just a course I know I can do well in but be bored senseless by.
Uni is definitely an experience. Whether it’s a good or bad one yet I’m undecided. All I know is it’s still early days, after all I’m only handing in my first big coursework assignment this week. I’m both nervous and excited for the next module, whilst I’m constantly having to push myself, I’m glad I’m at least having the opportunity to, and with the first module of FCP coming to a close I know it’s the course for me – even if I still have a lot to learn.
Until next time,
Image sourced from ShowStudio