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The Reality Of Being An Underage Fresher

This time last year, I sat down to write one of the first articles that would start my journey as a journalist. It is amazing to realize that I can think back to that time and know that’s where it really all began. At 17 years of age, I started studying the course and profession that I had dreamed of and worked towards my whole life.

One year on, I have no regrets having started college so young. For me, it was never something I was concerned with. I felt I was on par with my peers in school, despite any slight age gaps. I always knew what I wanted to pursue in college and felt I might as well start the rest of my life as soon as I could. There was nothing or no one who could have persuaded me differently. Thankfully, college is a place that takes all ages, ethnicities, orientations and religions.

It genuinely confuses me when people are in disbelief that I went to college at 17; if transition year didn’t exist nowadays, it would be the norm. I was constantly told that I would probably struggle in first year due to being so young. People said that I would have difficulty in taking on the independence with not only going to college, but moving away to do my studies as well. However, I am living to tell the tale that I passed all my exams and managed to cook myself pasta successfully for the extent of the year.

The full extent of my social life was put on hold until I turned 18 of course; which wasn’t a huge issue as I didn’t drink anyway and showed little interest in nightclubs at that time. That’s not to say I was an angel without a fake I.D., there are ways around everything and trust me, I found them.  When the time eventually came, I got to celebrate my 18th  birthday with all the friends I met in college and I couldn’t have wished for a better memory of it than that.

I went to college like most others to study my course, and if one’s main concern is that they won’t be served in the off-license or allowed entry into one of the clubs in town then they may possibly want to re-evaluate their whole decision of going to college in the first place. Priorities, people.

To anyone starting college at what appears as a young age, you will be just fine – you know yourself if you are capable. Angel Lane will still be there when you turn 18, do not worry. You have a whole life ahead of you of being an adult, enjoy the status of youth for as long as you can. As a write this, freshers week of my second year has just finished up in UL. Just like last year, I didn’t participate and join in with the partying and I sometimes wish I had the excuse of still being underage as an explanation for opting out of the socializing. The grass is always greener on the other side. 

Marketing and Publicity Director for Her Campus Chapter in University of Limerick
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