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Dress: Self Portrait / Shoes: Topshop (no longer available)

Dress: Self Portrait / Shoes: Topshop (no longer available)

I did it. 4 years down the line and I'm finally a graduate with a BA in Public Relations.

University was one of the craziest experiences ever imaginable. From endless nights partying to making life long friends, and don't forget the educational things I learnt along the way. 

But would I recommend going? Would I tell you to spend £9,000 a year at university to come out with a piece of paper (aka a certificate)? Well, yes and no. 

In hindsight, I would probably do University all over again, despite never being asked anything about my degree by an employer.
I've been a graduate for 3 months, had 4 job interviews and zero of those employers have asked anything about my degree. 
Instead, they value experience. They value my blog. My animations. And my commitment to interning, studying and juggling my blog all at the same time. 

But if I'm honest with myself, the only reason I would go to university is simply to live in London. If you didn't know already, I am originally from Liverpool and whilst it's one of the greatest cities in the country (I may be biased), the opportunities in the fashion industry are pretty minimal. 
I had my first internship at the age of 16. This was in London at Heat Magazine and is something that I'd never have the opportunity to do if I stayed in Liverpool. 

However, should you be lucky enough to come from this metropolis then university may actually be a waste of time. 
You could easily go into an internship at 18. You may even be lucky enough for it to be paid. And if that's the case then you can work your way up to the top in no time.

Obviously if you're not looking to enter the creative industry then this blog post probably isn't for you. 
But I can say hand on heart that University actually held me back. I didn't receive any support whatsoever from my University but worked hard enough to secure a number of internships along the way which is more than likely what got me where I am today. 

My graduation ceremony took place on July 21st 2016. I started my job July 25th 2016. 
Did University prepare me for post-student life? Absolutely not. The worst is yet to come. Taxes, a full time job, no student discounts and no excuse to say 'oh but I'm a student...'

But ending on a high note, graduation was pretty fun. I pranced around in my dream Self Portrait dress and got to celebrate with the best people in my life.