Reflecting On The Year
Well well well, it’s coming to the last blog post of the entire year, and what a year it’s been. Well, 4 months.
I wanted to do a brief overview of the year, and what I’ve learnt. Most importantly, I want to stress:
It’s okay not to have plan.
Reflecting on the year, as a young person I've come to learn how much stress is piled onto us as we approach adulthood.
It’s so scary growing up. At 14/15, you’re asked to choose your GCSE options as if they’re more important than your life itself. Listen here – they’re not! Don’t get me wrong, you should always try your best in exams, but if you don’t do too great, it’s really not the end of the world.
At 16, you finish your GCSE’s – are you going to sixth-form now? Which one?
Then, after that is when it gets really tough. What are you doing with your life after college? At my college, they drummed ‘UCAS’ into your head so often that I was practically dreaming of the dreaded word.
I didn’t have a very clear idea of what I wanted. Apprenticeship? Work? Uni?
Rather than just chilling out and realising that I was only bloody 18 years old and shouldn’t be so terrified of what to do next, I felt panicked and in the end decided to enrol at uni (100% down to pressure) when ultimately, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do.
I was so unsure about university, but I felt like I needed a plan. In reality, I didn’t. I genuinely thought it would make me a failure not knowing what the next big step was. Really, it’s okay to not have your future mapped out in front of you.
This time last year, I thought I was a hopeless cause; I was studying a course I hated at a university I despised and I had no idea where I was going in life.
If you’re struggling, talk to us. If you're reading how I felt and realising you're in the same boat, talk to us. I for one know how stressful a time like this can be, and I’m here to chat - hence the blog name, hehe.
I’ve learned since working with Further My Future that there are, quite literally, hundreds of opportunities waiting for you.
I wish you all lovely, relaxing Christmases and a prosperous new year. Cheers to the last blog post of 2017!