If I hadn’t been to university…
At aged 18, just before applications closed for university in 2009 I decided that I didn’t want to go. I decided that I was bored of education and I wanted to go to work. I got a job at the business run by my family, and while I was grateful for the job after college, it wasn’t me, and I certainly wasn’t getting the opportunity to meet anybody new! It got to the October after all my friends went to their universities, and then I decided that perhaps uni was for me, despite my… not fantastic… Grades from my two years in college.
I applied and got my unconditional offer at the University of Greenwich in a matter of weeks, and I was thrilled! As soon as I got my offer I decided to sign up to a website called Yougo, where you meet people going to the same uni as you and make friends. I got speaking to a lot of different people and the closer it got, the more excited we were! We found out what halls we were all staying in all at the same time, and it seemed that we were all given the same halls – I was particularly excited about knowing I’d be sharing with a certain person, but more about that in just a moment…
I went with no intention of getting in a relationship at all! It had been my downfall at college, and I wasn’t allowing myself any distractions at university, no thank you! But that soon went by the by as I got talking to a certain someone on Yougo – the certain someone I was excited about sharing halls with. We met up as a group on our first day, outside the building where our halls of residence were and went to the pub. Immediately I started to talking to Elliott, the guy I had taken a shine to online, and he was just as lovely in person – so lovely in fact, that we were ‘Facebook official’ after the first week!
Now, Elliott and I practically lived together from day one, and after the first year we decided to actually take the step to move in together properly, in a place of our own. Not long after that, we were engaged, all before our second year even started!
After our second year finished, and we’d worked hard on planning our big day along with working on our coursework, and revising for exams, our big day finally arrived in the summer, and it was perfect! A year later, on our first anniversary, we both found out that we would be graduating later this year! It’s been a jam-packed and exciting three years, and I can’t wait for my decision to go to university to take me on even bigger journeys with my husband.
Had I not decided to take the plunge and go to university, I wouldn’t be graduating as Laura Adair, I would be graduating under my maiden name! If I didn’t go to university, I’d not have my flat, my guinea pigs, my cat, my degree, or my husband, and it’s a time in my life where I really am happy to have changed my mind. University changed my life, because at the end of those three years you realise that it’s not all about the degree, but the journey you take in order to get to the end, and it’s the best journey of my life so far!