I'VE DONE IT! After weeks of stress, several breakdowns, lots of tears, and late nights at my kitchen table spent typing, proof reading and researching, I have handed in my dissertation and completed my Masters Degree in Journalism at Cardiff University. Without a doubt, it has been one of the most difficult, stressful years of my entire life, but it's been a year of learning, new experiences and growing as a person, both in terms of ambition and confidence, and I'm so so glad I've done it.
In just one year I've learned more about myself than I ever imagined. I've learned I am confident, I'm not scared to go out and grab opportunities with both hands. I always knew I was hardworking, but I've learned I am seriously determined when it comes to achieving my goals. I've launched a new home and lifestyle magazine, created a Welsh travel website complete with business proposal, interned at two of the UK's leading women's magazines, volunteered at the PPA Festival (where I saw Lily Cole and Vogue's Alexandra Shulman!). I've seen my writing and photography skills come on in leaps and bounds. I've realised I have a love for marketing, web design and digital media, and I am more excited than ever to carve a career for myself in the journalism industry.
And now, it's all over. I'm no longer a student and it's time to pop the tiny, protective educational bubble that I've lived in for the last 20 years, and embrace the big, wide world in all its glory. As cliché as this sounds, today is the start of a brand new chapter in my life, and while it's really exciting, it's also kinda scary. I've never not been a student before. I've always had a university semester or a new school term to look forward to. Today, I'm looking forward to my trip to Rhodes next week, and then I have no plan of action for the weeks to come. I don't know where I'm going to be working, where I'm going to live, what I'll be doing with my life in a week, month or a year's time. But that's the beauty of it, and I'm starting to accept that. I've always been one of these people who has to have a plan, and for the first time in my life I don't, and there's actually nothing wrong with that.
So for now I'm going to take every day as it comes, tip toeing into graduate life by enjoying some much needed time with my friends, family and boyfriend, who I've hardly seen thanks to constant deadlines and assignments over the past year. I'm going to work on improving my blog, with a new design and interesting, exciting posts for you all to read. I'm also going to start slowly, but surely, applying for jobs and internships in the hope that I can leave retail life behind and take steps to pursue my dream career. But first, it's holiday time and, boy, I cannot wait to lie on a sun lounger and eat copious amounts of Greek cuisine without a care in the world.
A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me this past year. My parents, family and Dan have been so incredible, dealing with my stress and putting up with my life revolving around university work. My closest friends have supported me by always being there when I need a moan or am in need of a few drinks after a hectic week. And, of course, those who read and support my blog have been so kind, and have really helped inspire me to keep blogging amidst all the chaos!
Here's to the next chapter.
I'm really excited for what's to come!
Lots of love,