Saturday, 28 April 2012

Sometimes you just have to follow your heart...

I wouldn't say that I'm a particularly reflective person nor do I usually post things like this. However today my attention was caught by a girl walking down the street with a lot of coloured paper.Not unusual, right? This, as I  later realised, was for Aberdeen's Torcher parade - Europe's largest torchlit student parade. I also realised that it was 3 years since I last participated which in turn meant it has been 3 years since I graduated uni. 

Three years? What have I achieved in those three years? Not a lot if i'm particularly honest. I'm still in the same position that I was back then, just now with a honours degree and weirdly less money. It's not like I've been lazy either - quite the polar opposite. I have been working my bum off  trying to move forward with my life, trying to find that balance which suits both my social life and my career. I don't want to be counting hours every single week  and making sure that I can survive for the next month. I also don't want to be saying no to my friends when we plan things, even if its a simple night out. I want reassurance that my degree wasn't a complete waste of time and all those hours where I could've been sleeping instead of working on uni assignments were not put to waste (hello 36 hours at once doing one assignment). I understand that it is difficult in this current climate and that it's not only me. I left uni naive and thinking that my 'perfect life' would fall into place after I had received that all important certificate. How wrong was I?

I am a frequent tweeter/addict and there's been countless times I've come across students with the same naivety that I left uni with. I want to shake some sense into them before they realise that life after uni is not all a bed of roses. Yes, there will be triumphs but along with that there will be three times as much rejection. It's a hard road and you will have good days and bad days, but if you get through that, you will come out the other end smiling.

I'll leave you with some pictures from my final torcher parade where my float had a theme of  'A mythical safari':








This was in no way meant to be a rant or aimed at anyone in particular. It's not even about a job. It's more to do with getting started in life and finding out who you are as an individual and where your life will take you.