I left university just about 18 months ago and although it’s a decision I don’t regret for a second I thought I’d express some of the lessons I learnt from the experience.
It’s okay to be selfish
In the moment when my decision was final I wasn’t considering anyone else. Not my family or my friends – just me. A part of me felt guilty because I wanted to make everyone else happy but now looking back I wish I had of detached those emotions from my decision completely. Why feel guilty about changing something in your life that is making you so damn unhappy? In life we have to deal with circumstances and make decision that, at the end of the day, affect us most so being selfish is okay!


Do what makes you happy and work damn hard at it
At the moment I’m running the website 3 days a week and then working at my other job 3-4 days a week. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have big plans for the next 6 months and I’m so excited to get started! I’m constantly exhausted but I do really love what I do. I think when you’re working at something you really do love then working super hard isn’t so bad.


Money isn’t everything
I’ve always had a funny relationship with money. I’m the type of person who wants to have money and spend it too. Leaving university meant I prolonged that period in my life where I may be wouldn’t be as wealthy as I could have been if I went and studied. It took me months to realise that that is okay and I can lead a comfortable life as well as save a little on the wage I’m currently on. Now my mindset is happiness > money 100%.


Never underestimate yourself
Sometimes it can be hard to believe in yourself whether it’s in terms of the initial decision or path you’re taking career wise. Never did I think I would be making a part time income of the website and be slowly developing a second project AND setting up a Youtube channel (slowly getting to that one guys!). Never ever did I think I would feel so god damn empowered by choosing to live my life the way I wanted too.


Have you left university or mad a huge decision recently? What are some lessons you learnt from it?


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    I don’t think I’ve ever made a decision *quite* as big as leaving uni, but I did decide to change my undergraduate degree when I was two-thirds of the way through. There were so many factors: my university had cut funding to particular subjects, the remaining subjects they offered simply didn’t interest me, I was miserable with the subjects I was studying, and I couldn’t afford to move interstate to do the degree at a uni that actually had the subjects I was passionate about. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but ended up choosing to transfer to an Arts degree.
    I was quite worried about what my family would say, because it wasn’t as prestigious or exciting as my previous degree — but I did it anyway, and I ended up enjoying uni again! I’m doing my Masters degree now, so it’s all worked out well (for the most part). Sure, when I’ve got a job I’ll be making way less than I could’ve, but my mind is sane and that’s more important to me!
    Shae xo
    Diary of a Beauty Padawan

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      That’s exactly what’s important Shae! Congrats on making such a big decision and owning it :) happiness wins over money up anyway

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    I haven’t left university since I’ve only one term left. Luckily I enjoy school but I don’t know if I could leave even if I didn’t enjoy it. It’s a huge, brave decision! Coming to the end of my university career, there are so many huge decisions to make – should I find a job? Should I pursue my blog full time? What do I really want to do?! It gets overwhelming but as time goes on and I see more of my friends starting their careers, I can see the importance of happiness over money and doing what’s expected!

    Nabihah | The Sunday Wardrobe

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      So very well said lovely. I think it’s important to go with your gut feeling… If you know something isn’t working for you that’s okay and you shouldn’t feel guilty for not enjoying the norm. I hope everything works out for you lovely!

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    I love this post! Even though I made it through my 4 years of uni and hopefully not going back, sometimes I don’t see how much of what I’ve learnt has helped me in my career in real life lol. A lot has been learnt on the job. I commend you for deciding to leave uni, I had the same feelings just leaving one subject (and then leaving teaching after a year). Even though I was *probably* good at it, I wasn’t happy so why go through all that?!

    I may have made a huge decision on something in the near future. Even though I don’t want to do it, I know it’s for the best haha. Stay tuned! =P

    xo Kat @ Katness

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    I graduated form uni last year but I think I’ve learnt greater lessons in my life after uni than I did when I was going through it. I think a lot of uni focuses you on getting ‘x’ job but when I left I was much more about finding what it is I’m passionate about and then working toward that full force. I’m like you, I’d rather be happy in what I’m doing than have money and hate my life!


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      That’s so true! I kind of hate the pressure associated with knowing what you want to do and what job you will have after a course etc… It’s so overwhelming!

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    I graduated from university over three years ago & it’s been a learning process ever since. We go to school for most of our lives & one day it’s over. You really get to learn who you are as a person & what you want to do with your life. That said it is important not to underestimate yourself. Have a happy weekend!! :]

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    Quitting my job and travelling! I was met with a lot of “yeah sure”s. As it got closer to the time and everyone figured out I was serious, they warmed up to the idea a little bit haha.

    Also, I agree re: being selfish. Be your own #1!

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