On Wednesday, my sister graduated from the University of Portsmouth. My parents and I all went down to Portsmouth for a few days so we could join her at the ceremony and could celebrate her success. She has put blood, sweat and tears into the last 4 years of her life and I couldn’t be more proud of her that it all paid off and she officially has a degree. It was such a lovely day and so thrilling to see her so carefree, relieved and generally so happy with all her friends surrounding her. As a family, we spent the few days eating nice food, drinking lots of pressecco and celebrating – it was lovely.
Whilst at her graduation, it got me thinking a lot about my own life and some of the choices I’ve made. I went to college at the age of 18 and studied art, but due to me being more obsessed with having any old job so I could have money to go out on the weekends, I didn’t care about my course very much, which meant I didn’t get good enough grades to apply for a university. To this day, it is the biggest regret of my life. I have never wanted a job, always a career and right now, I just have a job. I also felt gutted that I hadn’t experienced what Rachel (my sister) had experienced in life. Meeting lots of new friends from across the country, living with lots of different people and having a fun, student social life, (obviously not forgetting the student discount too 😉 ) I think it’s definitely something we should all experience in life.
I know not everyone will agree with me and I know some people have made a huge success without going to university or getting a degree, but this is my opinion. I chose to ignore my parents pushing me to do the best I can do (they supported me whatever decisions I made) and decided going out every weekend was more important. Looking back now, if I had gone to uni, I could of done that then anyways.
So if your ever undecided about going to university, just go for it. Stay in education for as long as you can and enjoy every second of it. Rachel made me so proud and motivated that I’ve now decided to start a part time course online and build myself up to my career 🙂 xo.
Here are some photo’s I took of Rachel’s graduation, enjoy. 🙂