2018: A student’s life in review

Camp Nou, Barcelona

Jade and her fiance at Camp Nou, Barcelona.

Jade, a second-year journalism student, reflects on her life throughout 2018 and what she hopes 2019 will bring.

Wow! 2018, where did you go? The year went in like a flash of lightning It feels like only yesterday that we saw the back of 2017 and then boom! Here we are now into 2019 already. But I guess that most people will say that time flies in when you’re having fun, right? 

What can I say, 2018 was not all that bad for me. I had lots of laughs, started a new job in the beginning of the year, started my second year in journalism, went on two fun filled holidays with my fiancé and met some amazing people. But it wasn’t always filled with joy and laughter, in the beginning it was rough. I found myself down in the dumps after leaving my job as a customer service advisor in a call centre and thought I would be able to walk in into a new job right away. I was wrong.

Jade celebrates

Jade celebrating getting into the second year of journalism!

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By the time January came around (which is a depressing month itself) I was still jobless and stressing out. To top it off my fiancé got bad news a day before he was due to go back to work – he was out of a job. I was worried how we were going to pay the bills and other expenses, as both of us were not having any luck. The bad weather was making it impossible for my partner to find any work in the construction industry. 

But things changed in the middle of January, as I got a call about a customer service advisor position in a call centre. You can’t be fussy about what job you want. After my interview, my fiancé also received good news about work.

Throughout the rest of the year things were great. After taking two years out from college, I had the opportunity to do additional subjects to get my HNC. Having completed and passed them I was finally a second-year student and one step closer to achieving my dream of being a journalist.

At the end of September, I jetted off to Salou with my fiancé for a week’s break.  It was amazing, and it was the first time in a long while where I felt relaxed, lying on the beach with a cocktail or two. The highlight of it all was a trip to Barcelona – visiting Camp Nou and having the opportunity to watch Messi in action playing against Huesca.

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Wawel Castle

Jade outside Wawel Castle in Krakow Poland.

After Salou I travelled to Krakow in October. I didn’t know what to expect as I heard that city was best known for stag and hen parties, but it was breath-taking. I never thought that the city would be filled with such beautiful architecture, great food and refreshing beer. There were so many places to visit and the people were so friendly. Overall Krakow was fantastic, and something else to tick off the wish list.

My 2018 was eventful and a rollercoaster of emotions. I look forward to seeing what 2019 has in store and creating more memories with those closest to me. I will hopefully graduate with an HND in journalism.

But most of all I hope to be happy and live life to the fullest.

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About Jade Donnelly

An aspiring Journalist who has fought to have her place at Glasgow Clyde College studying for her HND Journalism. Jade has had the honour of various features published in the Daily Record, Paisley Daily Express and Glasgow Live and is determined to make a name of for herself in the industry one day.

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