Thursday, 23 July 2015

Graduation and a chat

So this past tuesday, after three long years of stress, tears and tantrums, I finally graduated from university! I somehow managed to graduate with a first class honours degree in psychology with philosophy (don't ask me how) but now i'm in the dreaded post university pre real adult world void and i'm not really sure what to make of it.

Having moved back home to Scunthorpe for the foreseeable future at least I'm missing Manchester and city life a lot. I miss living with my friends, I miss how easy getting around Manchester is and I miss how much there is to do/eat there (Home Sweet Home i'm looking at you). After a bit of a shaky start to my time away Manchester is a big part of who I am now and not living there anymore is going to take some getting used to. 

While I'm not yet totally sick of the site of job applications and rejection letters I just feel a little bit lost. It's like I had one goal that occupied my whole life for the last three years and suddenly it's over and I don't have anything to replace it with yet, I'm currently just the absolute cliche of an unemployed grad. From the age of 4 all the way up to 21 everything was already decided for me. I was always going to do my GCSE's, then move on to college then straight on to university, that was just the way it was. But now thats over and I don't have a grand career plan I can put into action ready to move neatly on like all the times before. While I would like to go back to university to do a masters in counselling psychology eventually I need to save a lot of money before that could ever happen. 

Despite all this though I'm not as worried as I thought i'd be. 15/16 year old Kate was forever stressing about where she was heading and figuring out what her grand passion was, but it was exhausting work that just wasn't worth it. There is no set path that works for everyone and right now all i'd like is to find a job that lets me earn enough money to pay my parents some rent, save for a (possible) masters, travel to a few new pretty places and make the odd ASOS splurge. If I can just do that I'll be perfectly happy for the time being i'm sure. Lets hope its sooner rather than later though, there are only so many wildlife documentaries a girl can watch in a day. 

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