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Emily Rowling

Faces of Suffolk

Emily Rowling

I was in a job that I didn’t 100% enjoy and it wasn’t challenging enough for me, but I didn’t really think about leaving it. It was only when my grandad suddenly passed away that it shocked me into thinking about what I wanted to do with my life.

It woke me up in a sense, it made me want to go out there and live my life. The first thing I realised when I went into work the next day was, “this isn’t what I want to do with my life.” I want to do something I enjoy. I want to have a challenge. Only then did I look at going to university. 

I had no control over losing my grandad, but I felt that applying and going to university gave me some control over my life.  I was able to choose where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and the direction I wanted to take.  

It was a life changing event and it made me reflect on where I was and where I wanted to be.  It encouraged me to give everything 100%. From then on, I’ve taken every opportunity that I’ve been given, chased and worked for things I’ve wanted. 

My advice would be to stop and think about where you are right now and where you want to be. Go and take control, make some decisions for yourself.  Don’t worry if it turns out to be the wrong choice because nothing is set in stone.

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