A Ramble about Food Festivals and Life after School

This is going to be a bit of a ramble so apologies if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea! I wanted to write a bit of a diary entry style post today to mark the end of my first year at university and the past 2 years since leaving school.

I did also celebrate the end of term by going to a food festival and doing my favourite thing: eating.

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When I left school I literally had no idea what life was going to throw at me. I was so oblivious and I can’t believe I had next to no plans and I walked completely into the dark. Looking back I feel quite proud of doing that. I must have trusted myself that things would work out even though at the time I felt like a failure and like I had no direction.

I think it took me that extra year after school to find out *cringe alert* who I was so that I could be confident in myself and my weirdness and not always wanting to follow the crowd. People mature at different rates and I think I was quite emotionally mature in my teenage years but I still wasn’t ready to leave home at the age of 18.

School often tells us what we should be doing but, the world would be so boring if we all did exactly the same thing. I definitely needed that year after school to grow up. I was thrown into a semi-real world of work and relationships and doing things on my own. It wasn’t all great but it definitely prepared me for uni and I felt like I wanted to go rather than thinking I should go.

It’s so hard trying to figure out who you when you’re at school. My school definitely affected how I thought and I ended up believing what everyone told me to. I definitely believed in Jack Wills gillets and that I should use the Hollister bag with the topless man on the front as my P.E. bag!! Oh, and the little pink bag! I remember buying mine from the market in my town and proudly using it as my lunch box for, probably, 6 months until the next fad appeared!

I definitely followed the trends at school and in my gap year I finally realised that I didn’t have to copy what other people did. It was daunting too because I was on my own and I had to actually think about what I wanted to do.

ff1.jpgI started at Leeds University last September. I realised that I could go to university but knew that I couldn’t go to one 5 hours away. You could say I still wasn’t ready to leave home but I had built a life for myself in my hometown in my gap year. I didn’t feel like I wanted to completely walk away from that. I know I’m a home bird and I always used to think it was a bad thing and I wasn’t independent. But I have proved to myself through what I have done since leaving school that I am independent but, not necessarily in the same way another person might be independent.

I realised once I got to uni that people have all kinds of different situations. It really doesn’t matter how old you are or where you come from. I have friends that are 18 and friends that are 22, friends that come from London and friends that live an hour away from me! Uni is a definite equaliser. 

I’ve found amazing friends that are happy to go to food festivals with me! What more could you want?!

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Thank you for reading!!

Amy xxx

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