As is what appears to be an annual tradition, I thought I’d give you an update on my next steps, education-wise.
I graduated in July this year with an undergraduate degree in English. We all know my time at university wasn’t necessarily the kindest to me, so I was glad to move back home and put those years behind me.
Actually graduating, though, was a different matter altogether. For the first time in my life my future felt entirely open and completely undecided. I didn’t (and don’t) know what I wanted to do with my life, what career path I wanted to travel. I have interests in, and passions for, many things. It’s difficult to pin them down to a particular job. Especially when many of the things I’d like to do exist almost entirely in London — a place I can’t afford to move to, nor do I want to even if I had the money.
Further education seemed like the right choice for a variety of reasons. I’m not done learning — I love learning! I love filling my brain with bits of information and getting over-involved in essays and research. I also felt like my English degree was a little too broad, leaving me without any in-depth knowledge for the areas I am interested in pursuing.
I had been considering studying for a Master’s for a while. But this time I looked into programmes that directed me towards a career path. And so, I landed on Heritage Studies. This helps me to set my sights on something specific, whilst simultaneously keeping my options broad enough that should I change direction, the degree will continue to aid me.
From 16th September, I will officially be a Master’s student! It’s scary and exciting all at once. I will be living at home so I don’t have any of the pressures of living in an entirely new city, but I can already see that moving home again after three years of complete independence is going to create a new set of challenges.
There is so much I want to do whilst I have another year of opportunity to do them. I want to join societies, to learn a language, to take advantage of all these things spread at my feet. It’s a 12-month course and I want every day to count socially, as well as academically. My confidence has been steadily building over the past few years, and now it’s time to put it to the test.
I can only see good things coming from this degree. So let’s get it started!