One Year Post University

It has officially been a year since I threw my metaphorical graduation cap (since apparently throwing the cap is an American tradition) and received my diploma. When I graduated in July last year, I had a part-time job but no real plans to find a full-time job or a new place to live. I moved back into my childhood room at my parent’s house and picked up shifts at my part-time job whenever I could, often working six days a week.

A year later, a lot has changed since then. I am still working at the same company that I was working at during my time at University but I am now working full-time, Monday to Friday, and have been promoted to a different branch of the company. I love both my job and the people I work with and they have been extremely supportive in helping me achieve my dream career.

I am feeling more confident and happier in my day-to-day life. When I first moved out of my parent’s house to attend University, I would get anxious about daily tasks such as going to my local shops by myself or putting my hand up to answer a question in a lecture. However, over time, this became less anxiety-inducing and I found myself feeling more confident. Some of the social situations that would trigger a panic attack no longer did and became a weekly occurrence and I found myself pushing through the boundaries of my comfort zone. This has only improved further over the past year as I have learnt how to manage a full-time job and all that it entails.

I am living a healthier lifestyle. I am attending the gym on a weekly basis (or at least most weeks) and am starting to feel both stronger and healthier within myself. I am eating vegan for the majority of my meals and am cooking at home almost every night. Sure I could probably eat less pizza and drink less soda but overall, I am eating a good combination of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables.

I officially moved out of my parent’s house in February this year and moved into a one bedroom flat with my boyfriend. It has been really exciting buying furniture for the flat and decorating it to meet our tastes.

A lot has changed since I graduated University a year ago and I know that there are many more changes to come in the year ahead. I will hopefully be changing jobs within the next year as well as maybe moving flats as it is only a one year lease. What I know for certain is that you will all be following me on this journey.

This post is inspired by Jessica’s post One Year Post University.

37 comments

  1. I love this! So nice to hear about your journey – it’s crazy how much can change in a year. Always makes you wonder what things will be like a year from now, too. Congratulations on all your achievements over the last 12 months! xx

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  2. Aw what a lovely reflective post. It sounds like you’re in a great place and I wish you nothing but happiness for the next year ahead. I can’t wait to follow along with your journey! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Thank you! What did you study? I think we are all guilty of forgetting how far we have come until we see someone we have not seen in a while or read an old journal entry because we were there for the progress whereas some people only checked in at various points so can easily see progress. ❤

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    • Thank you! Good luck with the move! My best piece of advice is to seriously start to sort out all of your belongings as you do not realise how much stuff you have acquired until you move for the first time! xx

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    • Thank you! My boyfriend never went to University either and he is doing extremely well for himself, which I think is a side that my sixth form definitely never showed us. I do feel like I got pushed into University and would have loved to have taken a gap year beforehand but I do not regret going to University. xx

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  3. It’s great to hear how positive your experience has been post-uni! I’d love to talk to you about our support platform for students- I manage a niche of bloggers who work with us in a number of ways, and it’d be great to get you on board. I’ve left you an email with some more info!

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