So right now, I am currently stood at a train station, waiting for my train to arrive. Earlier this morning, I was stood at a bus stop waiting for a bus to come. Whilst waiting, I couldn't help but think about that saying about buses never coming and then coming all at once, and I realised that opportunities are much the same.
University feels daunting, but when it comes down to it, it is a bundle of opportunities. For example, I have always wanted to be a writer, and I have always had my parents encouraging me to get some writing experience, and then in the space of a few weeks I have started writing on multiple platforms. I now write for the University of Southampton's student entertainment magazine, and within a week of me starting to do that, I received a text from Alex about starting this blog, which apparently has done alright in terms of hits. None, then all at once.
It also felt pretty similar when it came to making friends at uni. I was so nervous about meeting new people, and truthfully, I didn't think that I was going to make any friends at Freshers Week. I thought I would have to wait until I started my course until I met any of the so called 'friends for life' that everyone says you make at university. Then somehow, I managed to meet on the first night, a group of people who are some of the coolest, funniest people I've met. They are people I love spending time with, and one of them is so similar to myself that it genuinely scares me sometimes. As well as that group, I have managed to make friends on my course, one of which I managed to bond with because we happened to be walking the same way home and got to talk for half an hour. I am also blessed to be in an awesome Christian Union bible study group- there's about 15 of us and they bring me so much joy it is actually unreal. Again, I have been bombarded with opportunities.
The thing about opportunities though, much like trains and buses, is that they really aren't that helpful unless you take them. I could easily have chosen that first night to not go to pre-drinks, or to have gone and not spoken to anyone. If I hadn't, I never would have made the friends I have. I didn't get into the university that I wanted, and I could have turned down the place I did get at a Russell Group uni, to redo my A levels and make myself worthy of getting into Exeter. However, I didn't, I made use of the opportunity I was given, and it has worked out pretty damn well. I absolutely love my course, I love the people I'm getting to do life with right now, and I'm saving money by living at home.
None of this would have worked for me if I hadn't made the most of the opportunities in front of me. So piece of advice: Take the opportunity!
"Carpe Diem boys; Seize the day! Make your lives extraordinary." -Dead Poets Society