You never really fully believe something is going to happen until it does. Yet somehow, I’m still in denial. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I’ve been living in a new place for about a week now. I’ve moved away from my little isolated island and I’m now in a busy (for me) city centre. I don’t know if I feel overwhelmed by it all or if my mind just hasn’t caught up to the whole idea of living away from home yet. From what I feel after the first week, I’m actually having a great time. I’ve got great flat mates and been having fun getting to know fellow first years as well as some of the third years through this task that we’ve been set for the week.
Cardiff is a really nice city. I’ve not really ventured out too far from where I am staying but so far it’s pretty decent. For our task we went round to a load of different locations around the city centre and ended up at the Bay. I mean, it’s not quite home but it’s cute there and there seems to be a fair bit to do there too. It’s a lot noisier over here than back home too, everyone seems to be doing something at all hours of the day. I can’t complain though, I’m adjusting and getting used to it. Being away from home has also really reminded me of how lucky I am to have grown up and lived where I did. Such a beautiful island that I really do appreciate and am excited to get back there and do some projects because it really hasn’t been explored all too much in terms of the photography world. My little island may be small but it is rich in stories, tales and mysteries that people just haven’t ventured into or discovered. Something I plan on doing.
I never really thought that university would be how it has been so far for me. It’s so much more relaxed and everyone is here because they want to be here. It’s all very student driven and there is this sense of excitement in the air. People want to be here. People want to be a part of this environment and that in itself is so motivating. Seeing others and how passionate they are just excites me more and makes me more enthusiastic to learn and develop as much as I can. That’s the beauty of university, I guess. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so ready for something in my life. I feel completely at ease. I didn’t feel overly anxious like I usually would, I felt like I was meant to be here. I knew that this is something I should be doing and so nothing else really matters, in the end everything will sort of just fall into place. Being in an environment full of like-minded people is really encouraging and helps with the whole being away from home thing. I feel like this is an opportunity for me to become increasingly independent and to learn what it is actually like to have my own life, without being co-dependant on family or friends. Here’s to new beginnings and a new exciting journey.