Heads up – this is a lot more personal than my usual posts… I’m actually a bit nervous to even start this thread.


If you met me even just three years ago and told me that whilst I was only 17 years old, I would move away from my hometown and would instead be living in Edinburgh by myself, I probably would have laughed and not believed you. Basically, it wasn’t my plan to be where I am now. In my head, I had my life mapped out; I would still be living at home, studying there and enjoying watching my younger sisters grow up.


Yet, one day, I got an email that literally changed the course of my life.


In order to study my passion (which is also something I have to do to get into my dream job), I had to move city. Thus, I moved to Edinburgh into student halls with people I didn’t know in a city I wasn’t familiar with. I didn’t really know how to cook, I wasn’t the most confident and I wasn’t used to ever being alone. It was extremely intimidating, scary and I consequently felt overwhelmingly homesick.


However, two and a half years later, I am extremely content with my life and even proud of myself. I will admit that homesickness does still strike from time to time, but I fully believe that Edinburgh is where I am supposed to be right now. I’m living in a small but perfectly suited flat with my boyfriend, I have a job here and I’m progressing well at university. Plus, I have learned to cook and have never felt so confident.


I’m writing about this because I want to express that things do not always go to plan, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world. I am a firm believer in the saying that things happen for a reason. If your plans don’t go ahead, keep an open mind and embrace the changes rather than rejecting them… See where they will take you. There’s no point in being sad and always thinking ‘what if…’ – it’s a waste of time, isn’t it? Just enjoy your life for what it is and take full advantage of what’s around you; make the most of it whilst you can!


I plan on writing more about this; about homesickness, about how to cope with unexpected changes, how to gain confidence and how to fully appreciate your life. It’s something that the majority of us can relate to but hardly talk about. Also, these things have been a huge part of my life and even helped shape me into who I am today, so I feel that it’s important to open up about it.

I may even touch upon how it is to live in student halls, how to balance work and study and adapting to a new way of life.


Keep an eye out for more STORYTIME posts (I have a few in mind!), and comment below with anything else you’d like me to touch upon.


Rachael xo

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