Not a Student Anymore

Last week I had my end of year exhibition for my Master’s degree; the week before I had my final hand in. I must admit it feels like I’ve had a weight of responsibility lifted from my shoulders although it has been replaced by another.

Now I have no one to answer to, no deadlines, no tutors. Just me. Do I go find a job? Do I set up my own business? Do I write full time? I’ve been in education all my life. I’m now 23. Sure, I’ve had a few part time jobs over the years but nothing permanent, just a little something for some pocket money.

I loved being a student. I loved having the freedom to learn and work on projects I was interested in alongside like-minded people. With the university I’ve been to London twice, to Berlin and Paris and gained some awesome memories I will never forget, and some friends for life. It gave me the free time I needed to work on personal projects such as my writing.

The celebratory feast Mam and I had after my final presentation.

I am glad to put it behind me. I want to start earning and leave home. I don’t have much life experience and this is a whole new responsibility. I’ve got no one but myself pushing me to do it. It’s a very strange feeling indeed, and will take time to adjust. It could be so easy to get into a rut and fall into bad habits so I need to be motivated to move.

I’m making long term, short term, weekly and daily goals to set myself to keep me motivated. I have my boyfriend for accountability, as he has me for his goals. Together we are trying to achieve our dreams and carve out a future for ourselves together.

10 thoughts on “Not a Student Anymore

  • September 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm
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    Congrats on your MA… Great achievement

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  • September 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm
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    I should set goals, but rarely do. The last goal I set myself I won’t be able to keep and I’m not sure I even want to anymore. I did create a writing schedule, but I haven’t been sticking to it very well. I need to remedy that, too 😉
    Good luck with your Godslayer goal. I’m sure you will meet it 🙂

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    • September 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm
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      I’m not very good at schedules – never have been. Reasonably goals I can, normally, stick to quite well, especially if it’s something I really want to do! And thank you 🙂

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  • September 27, 2012 at 1:55 am
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    Congratulations, sincerely. Based on what you’ve accomplished and where you’ve been, I would disagree with your statement “I don’t have much life experience.” You have more than you think! And I’m sure much more to follow. You are a goal achiever! Be proud. Move on. Have fun. All the best.

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    • September 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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      Thank you 🙂 I guess it just feels like I don’t have that much life experience because I’ve never had a proper job or had to work to keep myself, maybe it’s because I’m still young yet but life’s a journey! Thank you very much for your comment 🙂

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  • September 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm
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    Congrats on your degree! I’m so happy for you! 😀
    Regarding setting goals, I’m terrible at that because they actually help me only if I share them with people and regularly keep each other up to date – as part of a sort of “writing/training camp”, so to speak. Problem is, I have a tendency to isolate myself when I’m really enjoying working on something, so… it’s complicated 😉 Keep us up to date, hon!

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    • September 28, 2012 at 7:55 am
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      Thanks Sara! I also find it helps to tell others what my goal is, especially if they have a goal too and then we can be accountable to each other.

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