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There’s an endless road to rediscover

Earlier this week, I finally received my first year results and I got a 2:1, which I'm happy about. Next year, I'm going to work extremely hard and aim high for a first. I thought this would be a good time to write about my first year of university. I've been meaning to write this post for a while, but with a lot of thoughts in my head, it's hard to organize it into words, not to mention my lack of motivation haha, anyway here it goes.

A common joke known amongst Royal Holloway students is how people don't know such university exists. In fact, I don't blame them because I didn't know there was such university to begin with until my teacher recommended it in year 13, and most universities are named after geographical locations. For your information, Royal Holloway is named after its founder, Thomas Holloway. For UCAS, I applied for five universities, funnily enough, all of which no one in my school applied for and are quite far away. By the end of January, I received all my offers apart from Royal Holloway, who wanted to have an informal interview first. Since I didn't visit any of the universities I applied for, and the interview was on Wednesday (meaning I can skip History lessons), I decided to visit Royal Holloway. I remember when I first entered Royal Holloway, I was incredibly amazed, enough to change it to my firm choice which I previously didn't consider.

Okay, I backtracked a little with my experience of Royal Holloway when I was in year 13. Moving on to the point and to summarize: my first year of university has been amazing and so much better than expected. The Founders building was the first thing that attracted me to this university and I was incredibly lucky to be able to live there. I didn't mind sharing a bathroom or having no kitchen because of the fact that I get to live in Founders, a castle, makes everything worth it. I admit there were some minor bad times like when the heating or hot water wasn't working, and not having a fridge for ice cream haha. But I really enjoyed living there, especially the fact that my room was awesome (larger than the standard rooms but still paying the standard price) and it's on campus meaning it's extremely convenient. The people were the next thing that attracted me to this university. My first impression of the students and lecturers was that they were friendly and amazing. Now that I'm at this university, I can tell you this is generally the case. Note my use of the word "generally" because there are always going to be those exceptions, but in my case, there isn't many. I am incredibly grateful for meeting amazing friends. Funny how although I live in Founders, most of my friends are based in Kingswood, an off-campus accommodation. Actually, I am often mistaken for being a Kingswood resident due to the many times I've been there. Also, I mustn't forget about my course mates too, who are equally amazing and I couldn't do without them during lectures and lab practicals.

Sure there are always going to be those moments where I ask myself "what would have happened if I went to that university?", "should I have taken a gap year?" etc. But I like to think at the time, I made the best possible decision, and I'm grateful that I took that decision and that the outcome turned out better than expected. And yes, there are a few downsides to Royal Holloway, mainly that it's a small university and the town is quite quiet. But in a strange way, I don't think there is any university that can suit me more than Royal Holloway.

Writing this post makes me miss university and my friends, but luckily I'll be seeing some of them in Hong Kong as I'm going on holiday there for 6 weeks. In fact, I'm writing this post in the airport whilst waiting to board the plane. I brought my laptop with me, so I'll try my best to blog over there. In the meantime, you can follow updates of my holiday on Instagram. Hope everyone has a lovely summer!

"We’re all faced throughout our lives with agonising decisions, moral choices. Some are on a grand scale, most of these choices are on lesser points. But we define ourselves by the choices we have made. We are, in fact, the sum total of our choices.”


4 comments

  1. Hey, Onyee! It's been a while since we last talked. :(

    I've been really interested in Royal Holloway so I'll definitely be watching your posts more often, haha.

    Hong Kong! Fun. I hope you have a nice trip. :)

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    1. Hi Grace! I know right :( But it's nice to see you comment here and we should talk again sometime :)
      That's really good to hear, haha if you need any info, don't hesitate to find me :D
      Thank you and I hope you're having a lovely summer now :)

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  2. It looks absolutely beautiful! I wouldn't mind living in a castle either! I'm glad you found some great friends and you're overall experience has been pleasant!

    You'll get to see your friends next year, remember that :)

    Are you going with family to Hong Kong, or just you and your friends?

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    1. Sorry for the late comment back!
      It is really beautiful, my picture only shows a section of its beauty. Awww thanks, and haha yes, I will see them soon :)
      I went to Hong Kong for 3 weeks on my own, then with my family for another 3 weeks :)

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