Hi everyone! 🙋♂️
Firstly, thanks for not getting mad about not receiving a newsletter last week. I was celebrating the end of my friends’ exam week with a trip away to beautiful Wales for a couple of days, and honestly just didn’t feel like taking time away from being with them to write anything. Forgive me! 🥺
Anyway, in my newsletter two weeks ago, I mentioned that I was in the middle of making a big decision. I didn’t say anything at the time because I was in the process of figuring things out and going through some stuff, but now it’s all confirmed and I’m very happy with where it’s led me, so let me just tell you:
I’ve quit my university degree.
Well, I say I’ve quit, but in reality I’ve left. You see, I was doing a degree in Chemical Engineering and honestly, I just didn’t like it. Technically this makes me a university dropout, and if you’d told me when I was 15 that in a few years I’d be in this position, I would have been horrified.
However, I didn’t leave because I found the course too hard, nor was it because I was struggling with any part of uni life. As I said, I just didn’t like it, and as such, I’ve managed to land a job doing something I probably should have been aiming for from the start – I got a job as a Software Engineer.
I’ll be working in a little start-up based in London, and I start in a couple of weeks. Personally I’m really proud of this, and it feels like I’ve essentially skipped the last 2.5 years of my degree. Of course, I know that you don’t take a degree just to get a job, but it’s certainly one of the main motivators. It’s also gonna save me thousands in student debt so who am I to complain 🤷♂️
Even though I’ve quit, I don’t feel like I’ve failed. This might make some sense intuitively, but next week’s newsletter is going to be a bit of a deep dive into what I think the differences between quitting and failing are.
Also, just because university wasn’t the right path for me, it doesn’t mean that it necessarily applies for you. If you love your degree, that’s great! Tell me what you do and why you love it. I always really enjoy listening to other people’s stories and successes, so ping them my way 😊
🔍 Discovery of the Week
The Discovery for this week is, weirdly, dark chocolate 🍫
I have a very sweet tooth, but recently I’ve started replacing my usual sweet treats with 85% dark chocolate from the local supermarket to cut down on sugar. This was a suggestion in the book Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) that was mentioned somewhat in passing, but I’m hoping it’ll be one of the things that helps me cut down on the unhealthy crap I eat without giving up too much.
📚 Book – Start With Why by Simon Sinek. This is the first book ever to have achieved a ‘Lifechanging’ (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟) status on my Notion book notes page before I’d finished it. It’s a brilliant book about inspiring people in business, though the philosophies preached by Sinek really could relate to anything.
👨🏫 Educational Video – Building an AI app to fight fast fashion by… me! It’s kinda cheeky to be promoting my own video here, but it’s the first one I’ve created in over a year, so I could do with the support 😊. It’s just an intro to a series I plan on continuing about the app I’ve been creating. I’d appreciate if you took 5 minutes to give it a watch!
🤣 Comedy – A Snob at the Cinema by Foil Arms and Hog. This trio of Irish comedians has been on my YouTube subscription list for aaaaaaages and as someone who loves the cinema I found this one very funny. I just hope I don’t end up like that in the future!