Induction week at University


I have officially completed my induction week at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where I will be studying Creative Writing, Journalism, English & Law. I can’t quite believe I’m actually writing this, doing this, living this!

When I look back at myself two years ago, I would never have seen myself in the position I am in right now. I worked damn hard last year at college, not knowing where I was planning to go from there, but stuck in nonetheless and achieved great results! And I just so happened to bag myself a place in the University of Strathclyde. I still need to pinch myself when I think of myself as a University Student.

It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. And this week has just been a taster as to what’s coming. It’s been filled with campus tours, ice-breakers, tutorials & guest speaker lectures; (the kind of thing that every one endures at some point in education). It’s been highly propitious as it’s given me the opportunity to explore the campus and familiarize myself with the buildings I’ll be studying in so it’s definitely not been a waste of a time. 

I just wanted to write a blog post about my attending the induction for my University course as I’ve not been sharing much personal posts with you all lately – I haven’t been sharing much with you at all, in general, lately. Life’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. I’m just trying to find my feet again. I want to share my University journey with you all and perhaps give you all tips & advice when I start to discover things and settle in myself. I want to keep writing blog posts as regularly as possible – and not fall away from it just because I’m overwhelmed with Uni work. My blog is my safe space, my safe haven, there are no rules and regulations here. I can talk openly and freely and I must always remember this. 

My anxiety has been sky high this week. Being independent about your education is a very daunting thing. University is a wake up call. It’s a whole different kettle of fish from college and school, that’s for sure. You must be entirely responsible for everything that you do and learn over the next 4 years (I’m saying this already and I’m only a week in). It’s a completely new enviroment, you are constantly being faced with new faces with every room that you walk in to, it’s scary. It’s terrifying. It’s anxiety-triggering. But it won’t be forever. Soon it’ll be second nature to me (I hope), soon I’ll be settled in and hopefully I’ll have made some friends. Soon I’ll feel at home.

I can’t wait to share my journey with you all. It’s such a huge lifestyle change for me and I can’t wait to embrace it, even though it’s going to be very challenging and nerve-racking. I wholeheartedly believe that this is going to be good for me. This is going to be the making of me.

Charlene McElhinney

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1 Comment

  1. September 14, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Good luck with the next few weeks charlene, and well done for having such a positive outlook on your first! The first week was the hardest for me too, anxiety wise, but that soon calmed down. You’ll find your people soon, I’m sure of it. Seminars are a great way to make friends as you actually have the opportunity to talk in those! I can’t believe how many different subjects you’re studying, but I’m glad you’re doing exactly what you want to do!
    I can’t wait to hear more about your university journey.
    Hayley X

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