Believing in Yourself + Graduating with a first

I’m writing this post on Wednesday and it is not the post originally meant to go up today. BUT I found out today that I am graduating from my Law degree WITH A FIRST! Part of the reason I set up this blog was to use it as a sort of diary and this is definitely something I want to capture and remember.

I never thought I’d get a first. I was happy with the thought of getting a 2:1 but last night I didn’t think I’d got that. The final exams were though, there was a lot of stuff going on with my mental health and I’d just got my surgery date which had be a bit freaked. I stuck through it though, got my head down and somehow did it.

Something not a lot of people know is that I very nearly dropped out of uni in first year. I’d been so ill and after my surgery I was ready to throw the towel in. My parents somehow managed to convince me to sit my first year exams in the summer and then I decided to stay AND I’M SO GLAD I DID. It wasn’t a walk in the park. Uni, for many reasons, has been hard. Just general uni mixed with surgery, so many hospital visits and just generally not being well. I think that’s what makes getting the first even better. Despite everything, including my own belief in myself, I did it.

NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF

I’ve always put myself down a bit when it comes to education and people often don’t think I can do things. I was told by teachers that maybe law was aiming a bit too high. I didn’t listen, because I really wanted to do law, and I’m so glad. If you have a gut instinct, or really want to do something, GO AND DO IT. Don’t let people stand in your way and don’t let people put you down.

Don’t compare yourself to other people or judge your growth and achievements against other people. Be your own person and don’t be afraid to dream. Dream big because anything is possible.

Surround yourself with people who inspire you, motivate you and believe in you. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my friends and family who have supported me so much through these three years.

Never in a million years did I think I’d be writing a post about getting a first. At some points it felt like I’d never even finish uni. It feels weird to write this, because I rarely think this, but I’m really proud of myself. I didn’t let peoples misconceptions or my health step in the way of achieving something. Even when it felt impossible, I tried my best and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

Hard work and trying your best will always pay off in the end and when it does, it feels amazing.

 

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  • Nigel

    That’s great news and very inspiring. Very well done. So what next?

  • Julie P

    Well done Katie, I always believed in you and admired how you have coped with your health problems, you are an inspiration to many.

  • Congratulations on the first Katie, well deserved! It’s definitely true that without believing in yourself you won’t achieve good things, I hope I can take that away from this post and apply it to how I feel about stuff recently!