A few days ago, I was looking through my extensive collection of photos from the past 3 years. I was struck with a paradoxical wave of happiness, nostalgia, melancholy and even a twinge of sadness as I relived some of my happiest memories.
Exactly 3 years ago I got my A level results and gained my place in the University of Nottingham. The past 3 years have been amazing, and I feel a single post couldn’t really do them justice. However, as this blog flourished as a result of my university life, I believe it is fitting closure to provide a summary of some of the highlights from the past 3 years. Once again, as with my previous review post, I think pictures would be more accurate in describing just some of what went down over this time.
So without further ado, I inundate your dashboards with epic gpoy and my own memories, from the old photo collection.
There was of course, the University of Nottingham - a beautiful place. many fun and brilliant times were had on campus, whether it be David generally goofing around, or meeting Josh for the for the first time - the first time I had ever met somebody from the internet.
Trent building at dawn
Sunset at Jubilee Campus
Sunset by Jubilee Campus lake
Sometimes, if it was raining at night, I’d wander around campus to gather my thoughts, and think. I like rain.
Midnight fog at the Queens Medical Centre
And the volumes of work that came with being enrolled there
All of the hard work that paid off in end, the hundreds of hours spent in the library, the all nighters, the frustration of difficult work, the satisfaction of cracking it - wouldn’t have been possible without some of the most wonderful people in the world
and of course, the musical times.
Rise Against at Rock City (Tim singing Swing Life Away)
Against Me! at the Rescue Rooms
LostProphets at Rock City
In the crowd at the Zippo Encore Stage at the 10th Download festival, with Aimingforthetemporallobe
Rise Against headlining the Zippo Encore stage at Download
And through it all, the amazing experiences that were had outside of university
Finding amphibians in Nottingham
Taking a nap in a Central London street
Displaced Afghan refugees camped out on the steppe in the northern Punjab, Pakistan
Getting lost in the small towns and villages in Northern France in the middle of the night
Exploring rural Switzerland
Climbing a Swiss mountain overlooking Lake Geneva
Sitting on the banks of Lake Geneva, observing Montreux as the light of day fades
Now as a graduate, a long and uncertain road lies ahead. Life’s quietened and slowed down, as I work towards the next step towards a successful and stable life. Who knows what the future holds, but through these uncertain times I can look back and smile. To everyone who has helped me along the way so far in this journey; from the people around me to you glorious members of the Tumblrverse who actually followed, read my stuff, and kept this blog alive - thank you.
“Open the past and present
Now and we are there.
Story to tell and I am listening.
Open the past and present
And the future too.
It’s all I’ve got and I’m giving it up to you.”
-‘Scattered’, Green Day