So as the summer is rolling to a close and we all begin to prepare to return or start university, it can start to feel a little daunting. One thing that has always helped me in times of stress is to blog about what is going on in my life. It’s like free therapy, being able to talk everything through and you don’t even have to make your blog public, it can be like a secret little journal that nobody knows about.
I’ve been blogging since I was 14, which is slightly incredible considering I clearly have not improved!!! But I got serious about my blog when I decided about two years ago that I was going to try looking at universities. During my first attempt at finding a university when I was 16/17 years old I was taken seriously ill with mental health issues and decided one night when it was all too much that university was not for me and I was too sick to even start thinking about it.
So when I started looking at universities about two years ago I decided to start blogging about my experiences. At first it was just for me, I needed somewhere to talk about my stress and fears without having to tell anybody what I was thinking. It was nice and easy and helped me look over what I felt about my favourite universities. I talked about everything on that blog, from the things I was most afraid of, to being let down by my first choice university (ultimately for the better though!).
And I continued blogging when I started at Staffs. Being able to talk about my experiences has always really helped me and knowing it could help and encourage others was always a driving force. I was never shy, I never cut out the slightly more gruesome truths and it helped. When I write, I write for a younger version of myself. The things I would have wanted to know at fourteen years old. Writing for yourself is key, if you write for others then you become reserved and that makes it less interesting and you still feel worked up.
I found blogging was my lifeline through university. Student blogging was just a new aspect of what I was already doing and it gave me something to work towards, knowing that I could encourage others in a similar situation as I was to give university a go. I say it all the time, not just on the blog but if I can do it, you can too. Trust me, the world has thrown enough rubbish my way to prove that anyone can follow their dreams and further their education.
Even if you don’t want to blog publicly, start a private blog and just write. All those little thoughts just floating around, get them out and put them somewhere where one day you can look back and relive those memories. Make it like a time capsule of your life and see where your adventures will take you!
Lots of Love,