I’m A Qualified Journo, Ta’ Very Much

So this week has been a total whirlwind. I graduated from my magazine journalism course with a 2:1 degree, and I’m feeling a total emotional cocktail of relief and sadness.

It’s been a grueling three years (five if you count my time studying at college), and now it’s finally over I’ve got the chance to breathe and look back on everything I’ve done. During my time studying I’ve met some amazing people who I know I’ll be madly in love with forever (HubClub, I’m looking at you!), and I’ve had the chance through various platforms to spread my metaphorical wings and write for all sorts of great publications and websites. Here are my top * moments:

1. Welcome Week

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I was accepted onto the generic journalism course at the University of Sunderland, and it was just so exciting to be surrounded by people who wanted all the same things as I did. However, it was also really scary to know that I was liaising with the competition! Walking through the UoS doors and realizing this was where I’d be spending the next three years of my life was surreal.

2. Meeting My Girls

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When it comes to work, I was never much of a socialist, preferring to be left to my own devices and get on with it. As time went on though, I’ve became really close with a bunch of great girls who have honestly been my rock through the hard times and my partners through the good. During dissertation time I saw my HubClub more than my family and boyfriend, as we spent 12-hour days in the Hub working hard and drinking unnecessary amounts of coffee.

3. My Manchurian Adventure

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Early in my final year, it was required that I did two weeks worth of work experience at a magazine. It was tempting to stay in my hometown and commute from home, but I made the decision to stay at a bedsit in Manchester while working at VIVA Magazine. This was such a fantastic experience for me, as it gave me the chance to put my big-girl pants on and experience life on my own. Away from my family and friends, it got lonley at times but I’m so happy that I was able to prove to myself that I can do things on my own, and it’s an experience I’ll always look back on fondly.

4. NOUVEAU Magazine

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For my uni dissertation, I created a magazine called NOUVEAU (friends and fam, sorry if you’re sick to the back teeth of hearing about it). I really poured my heart and soul into this, and I’m so pleased that I came at the other end with a 1st.

5. Graduating (dur)

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Although I was filled with a distinct feeling of dread at the thought of crossing that stage in my unnecessarily high heels, graduation was a day I’ll never forget. An added bonus, my mum also graduated the day after, so it was a big of a family affair.

Graduates, what are your top five moments from university? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter at @dimmickhead

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