My name is Ellie, and I am a journalism student at the University of Sheffield. Soon to be graduating and setting off in to the ‘real world.’
I got tattoos on my feet to represent my time at university. On my feet: because I learned to stand on my two feet more. The sail boat on the wave: the journey in to the unknown with its ups and downs. The lighthouse: there will always be something to guide you through; my friend died in second year and I wanted a reminder to look for the light in the darkness.
I got these tattoos with this in mind, and nothing more. Definitely not starting a blog based on the picture on my right foot. But when faced with the prospect of leaving university, and the hopes of getting any job I can to save up to go travelling I was faced with blind panic. First, I turned to wine, then to cake, then to chocolate. I got cosy in the world of denial but realised I could do something with my spare time.
So I decided to set up the Little Sail Boat – my boat to mark university journey may as well inspire the next part of my life.
During my time at university, I have been taught how to write, what to write, and marked on it. Don’t get me wrong, it has made me a much better writer. But there were time when I hated writing, and questioned whether or not I even liked it. Going from loving writing my entire life to dreading opening up a word document was terrifying.
So I focused on my university work, rather than writing for fun – slowly I found the want of writing leaking back in to me. I could feel words strolling through my head, fingers itching to write down descriptions, and every so often writing notes on my phone during train rides. I felt reassured, but I didn’t have the time to indulge in it.
But soon I will have the time to write, and be on the next part of the journey. Hopefully there will be a job (I’ll keep you posted on that one) and set sail to exciting places. I know I have destinations lined up for summer at the very least.
Welcome to the Little Sail Boat – the journey of a graduate.