Thursday, 19 March 2015

A letter to my younger self

Dear me four years ago,

I know that there is a lot of pressure on you at the moment but just know that it will all be worth it. Staying in and revising, even if your friends get annoyed with you, will be worth it. That rejection you got from your dream uni...they change their mind and you get in! They tell you that they think you are a 'well-rounded character'. I told you all of those extra curricular commitments would pay off.

Don't let the horrible things that your 'friends' say to you get the better of you. They may call you a 'brown nose' but the jokes on them. You get student of the year at the end of sixth form, you get a place at your dream university and you get a place on a teaching scheme! Yes, you heard me right. Your dream career is so close right now so every bit of effort you have been putting in is worth it.

I know you are having a lot of drama with your friends at the moment, but try not to let yourself get sucked in. I will let you into a secret, you only keep in contact with three of them and the rest of them couldn't be bothered. They just created unnecessary drama and dropped you when it required effort! You are better off without them. Also try to remember to look after yourself. I know you always try to please everyone but just ask yourself, would they do the same for you? Realistically, no. So don't hurt yourself trying!

I know you are worried about university and not making friends. You don't want to be 'brown noser' again and you have even considered creating a new persona to fit in. Guess don't need to. Everyone at uni will accept you for who you are, and they actually love that you care about your work! You will find your true best friends that encourage you, laugh with you, cry with you and support your every decision. Embrace and remember every minute of this experience because it will fly by and be finished before you know it.

The main message you need to remember Jess is do not worry. Everything will work out. Continue to follow your motto of 'Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail' because it has served you well and you are in an amazing place four years on. You have great friends, the dream career and an experience that you will never forget.

Future Jess x

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