To say that the past few weeks have been challenging would be an understatement. From changing universities to meeting new friends, my life has taken an interesting turn. It’s not easy changing universities in the middle of the term, so why on earth did I do it?
To put it in simple terms, I just wasn’t happy. Don’t get me wrong, Stellenbosch is an amazing university with brilliant lecturers but it wasn’t for me. I took on way more than I could handle. Yes, I survived the first year but just barely. It truly was the toughest year of my life. I was way out of my comfort zone. I know that sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone to grow but for someone who doesn’t deal with change very well, it was difficult.
The adjustment from Stellenbosch to UWC has been somewhat easier. I’m more comfortable and calm now and I can honestly say that I love the course I’m studying. It might not be what I always dreamed of studying but I thoroughly enjoy going to class every day. ( I’m currently on vac and I seriously miss campus, weird I know lol). Being closer to home has also been a blessing, no more hour long drives to campus at the crack of dawn. The one thing I do miss about the long journey to campus are the endless naps I took in the morning and evening.
I’ve woken up every day, since my move to UWC, and asked myself if I’ve made the right decision and I think I have. I’m much happier, less stressed and enjoying university life. Although it is odd being in first year again and having to explain to people why at the beginning of the year I was in second year and now, a few months later, I’m back in first year (sometimes it gets confusing for me too).
I’ll always be forever grateful and thankful for all the people I met and friends I made last year. Friends that helped me grow and will forever have a place in my heart. I wish you all well in your respective courses and may all your dreams come true.
Here’s to new beginnings x.