6 June · All Letters · Month

Dear Uni Graduates,

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Dear Uni Graduates,

Congratulations! No matter how scared or nervous you may be, this is a celebratory moment. You made it through all of your hardships, your struggles and more to be here: graduated with the whole world waiting on your next move! Whatever you have planned next, taking some time of to figure yourself out, med school, masters degree, a job, travelling, or absolute anything else, just remember to put yourself first.

If I had to pick the single most important lesson I learned during my university degree, it’s that I can, should, and need to put myself first. I lost three relatives and a close friend on four separate occasions during my study and I still put my grades first. I went through the worst year of my life dealing with anxiety and I still put my career first. Don’t do that. It is 100% necessary and okay to be selfish by putting yourself first. It’s part of taking care of yourself. And this is the best time to do it.

It’s the best time because the world awaits your next move. You get to choose what the coming years of your life are about. And it’s true, having an unpredictably blank canvas ahead is what a lot of us are afraid of, I definitely was and still am, but I realised the blankness isn’t the main feature of the canvas. The main feature is that it’s yours – yours and yours entirely. If you’re afraid of the blankness of the future make a mark – don’t let it be blank for another second. And if you like what you’ve done, keep going and make it art. But if you don’t like it, paint over it! It’s your canvas; do with it as you please. Do what you want, do what’s best for you, and do it with all the life you have.

Remember, there is no correct path in life. The common “school to uni to job” is not a must. Plenty of people take gap years before uni, change schools and courses, decide the job they have isn’t the one they want, and so much more. Life is not a race, there isn’t a course to follow and you aren’t competing with anyone. Make your own path and get off it if you don’t like it, keep going if you do. This is the best time to do it. Be selfish and be okay with it, because it absolutely is.

Love,

A Letter Per Person

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2 thoughts on “Dear Uni Graduates,

  1. Dear A Letter Per Person,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom! Whether you’re going through a quarter life crisis or not, it’s so important to put yourself first sometimes. I am very afraid of the blank canvas that is my future, but excited too – who knows what it’ll look like! I love the sense of ownership you’re instilling, reminding me that my canvas is mine, and mine entirely. People are so often reluctant to start again, but sometimes that’s the only way to truly achieving what you want, what makes you happy. Even if you start over, your past retains relevance as a building block, lessons learned. If only everyone was as accepting as you, with your beliefs – so often people are forced to conform to the status quo; but the truth is that only we can determine what’s right for us, in our life path. My blog is all about normalising the Quarter Life Crisis – we all face these hard decisions, at some point.
    Thanks for following me and I look forward to reading more of your posts! Here’s a link to one of my posts on Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis (https://quarterlifeconfessionsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/part-one-four-steps-to-surviving-your-quarter-life-crisis/)

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    1. I’m so glad you found this post uplifting and that it was able to help you honestly reflect on your future! No matter how many adversities or obstacles we face, it’s so important to never lose sight of the fact that we’re always the one in control of our lives and to admit it’s okay to struggle.
      Thanks again for your lovely comment!

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