Messages to My Younger Self – 20

As a bit of slight relief for you, this year is going to be better than the last.

At the moment you’re in Surrey on your internship, having a great time despite your heart being a little bruised.  Keep in touch with those friends, you’ll really miss them once the summer is over.

But once you’re back at uni, prepare for the hardest you’ve worked in your life.  The meds are working, but that doesn’t mean you don’t freak out at the idea of sitting in a 2 hour seminar, where the judgy English students will think you’re a loser if you have to leave the room. Admittedly, we don’t care what the judgy English students think, we’ve got enough friends.  But no one likes people thinking they’re weird.

You’ve got a new housemate that you were a bit on edge about having (because he wasn’t the other one) – but he is great, and will become a very good friend.

You’re going to have a great time with your best friend – although do try and remember that she’s an adult and can make her own decisions and that she loves you to pieces.  You’re going to make a lot of friends in the student union, who make you wish you’d got involved a lot earlier – but the best moment will be in March, where they say Jen’s name, and the last fortnight of no sleep and socialising will be worth it.

And then you!  You clever sausage!  Graduating with a 2.1?!  There were points where we didn’t think that would happen, weren’t there?

Then a job!  A real-life graduate job!  You’re going to have somewhere to work in London in September – that’s the dream, right?

Take a little time to see past the roadblocks, and be proud of what you’ve achieved so far.  Well done, Alice.

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