University Life

As of Saturday, I am officially a student at Royal Holloway University of London. To say that is quite a terrifying thought, and I know a lot of people out there who never thought the day would come when I actually went to University. But after a solid 2 years flaffing around (do I, don't I), the time came for me to pile a lot of stuff into my car and take the 2.5 hour drive up to Surrey where I would be completing my 3 year course.  Tensions were definitely running high in the Dodd car, with my parents stressing out about the location and me stressing out about life, but eventually we arrived at my new 'home'. 

Walking into my flat and introducing myself to my future flatmates was arguably the most awkward experience of my life so far. Having no idea who people were or what they'd be like (at one point I thought my flatmates parents were just post-grad flatmates), but yet again in the life lottery I've been dealt the worlds best hand with flat mates. Despite being all very different, we all seem to click ridiculously well, even on the first night confessing how happy we are to be put into a flat where we all like each other. Fast forward two days, including drinking champagne from tumblers, eating a 'nutritious' meal of Mediterranean rice for dinner, grabbing any opportunity for free things with both hands and playing more drinking games then I knew existed, Flat 1A are definitely living the student life. 

It's so bloody easy to forget the whole reason I'm here is to actually study. After my gap year I feel like I've forgotten how to even learn. But I'm sure learning will be made a whole lot easier knowing all my lectures are in this incredibly beautiful building. I'm still trying to convince myself I've got lectures instead of Potions class.

I'm sorry this has been such a brash post, I promise next week (maybe even sooner who knows, my life is a shambles right now and as you've all probably realised, I'm getting these out as and when rather than in the usual weekend/midweek routine), you will have a more meaty post. But the point is, I'm alive, I survived and I'm not broke yet.

Ciao for now! 


  1. Ahh good luck! I remember my first week at Uni two year ago.. I wasn't so lucky with flatmates and none of us clicked really, but I just ended up being adopted into another flat where I met some great people! I'm in France now on my year abroad so I'm seriously missing uni and all these uni posts are making me miss it even more!! My advice would be to prioritise social life and get involved in as many things as possible! Good luck :)
    Imogen x

  2. Good luck with your new life at uni! You are so lucky to have flatmates you really like and man, this place you're studying at is amazing! :) x

  3. Hi Alice, I love reading your blog and have done for ages. I just got an offer from Royal Holloway and was just wondering what thoughts you have about the uni so far and what its like as a fresher! Or anything else about the uni you can tell me??Hope your first few months are amazing and you settle in well, thaaanks,
    josie xx

    1. Hiya love, email me from the contact page and I'll talk to you about it properly rather than through comments! :-) xxx