I love my friends. Uni was the best time of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love life now; I have a job that is amazing every day and I love living with the boy and planning our future and all that but uni was just insane. I look back and I remember laughing a lot, I remember lots of sitting around watching trashy tv and eating junk food with my friends and I remember thinking that life doesn’t get much better than this. When my students ask me about uni and if it is worth going I always say hell yes – the thing is, it’s not even just all about the degree. For me, getting the chance to meet so many people, try so many new things and ‘road test’ adult life were the best bits.

I feel a bit bad for people who missed out on uni life. I know it isn’t for everyone and that the cost can be crippling but for me, uni sums up the best bits of my life so far and it is where I met some of my best friends and boyfriend. I don’t drink very much and found that it didnt matter; lots of people have this idea that students just get drunk and fall about a lot and yeah, a lot do but there is so much more to student life than baked beans and cheap beer. I went to Southampton Uni and loved it so much that I stayed there to do my PGCE. I think it is the perfect mesh between being a small, easy to navigate campus uni but with all the benefits of being in a big city (SHOPPING!)

I have so many fantastic memories of uni and whenever I’m feeling down I remember some of them and it cheers me up straight away. I remember girls vs boys war in our halls, I remember surfing down the stairs on a bean bag, I remember our Halloween parties, I remember every second with Mike, I remember staying up late talking to my friends, I remember Amanda walking in on me dancing in my underwear, I remember Unit 22 and dancing like maniacs, I remember sleeping until mid afternoon, I remember how packed the library got around exam time, I remember the grad ball. I think that I will be grateful for my uni experience for the rest of my life.

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