Lockdown life has been an extremely stressful, draining, emotional, trying time for many of us around the world. Therefore, I’m definitely not comparing my experience with lockdown to anybody elses. I’m simply sharing this huge accomplishment on my blog because, quite frankly, for most of this academic year, I never could have imagined myself in this postion. I’ve finished my undergraduate degree!!!
I live at home with my mum and step-dad, who both work full time, 4 younger siblings, aging from 16 – 2, and 2 dogs. I usually rely on my university library for a peaceful place to work and was being very productive in there during the first term of this academic year. Obviously during lockdown, my parents couldn’t work and the kids were off of school without a nanny, so here we all were. We couldn’t have any outside social life and I couldn’t see my boyfriend…how the hell was I going to finish my degree?!?!
This final year of my degree had started off rather difficult for me anyway, so I was extremely proud of getting 2.1s in all my modules while dealing with the loss of my dear Nan and the worst anxiety I’d ever experinced for months on end. I was just starting to have better control of my anxiety and reaching the end of therpy when COVID-19 was official here in the UK….didn’t that rock the boat.
I had to spend lockdown working hard on my final assignments, including my dissertation. Being in the situation where all I could do was my work was really difficult, but it did manage to distract me from missing my boyfriend all day, for the most part. Having all the kids running around and my brother playing his xbox loudly in the room next door provided lots of distractions of course, as well as helping to home school my little brother and sister. So basically, it was a huge struggle. Luckily, the Uni did manage to implement some safety net marks (after lots of arguing from the students), which it turns out I didn’t need, but they definitely calmed my panic and stress about all the work and at home exams I had left.
I had a great time at the University of Reading and I will miss it dearly. I don’t know what the future holds just yet, whether it be a masters degree or PGCE training, which is why I can’t officially say it’s the end of Uni for me. BUT I am a BSc Human and Physical Geography graduate and I am so proud of myself!
I can’t wait to know my final mark and have the graduation ceremony in December (hopefully)!