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The Nervousness Entitlement

By Sam Ross

A few days ago I was panicking that I would have nothing more to write (or rather, rant) about for a Populus article, but as is often the way, idea showers come when we least expect it – just like things we need to worry about are often things we never consider happening.

So picture this, I’m sat on my sofa in my family room almost a year to the day when I worried about leaving home for the first time, again, panicking, but this time it’s about going back to University for my second year.

I’ve been told many times that I put far too much pressure on myself, and even though I know this is true and that I will cope if not succeed, I still worry and panic and fret. As I said with loneliness, this is okay (here comes my attempt at empowering you).

Basically, we’re all subconsciously hard on ourselves. Your lipstick doesn’t look terrible today, your entire face is on fleek. In fact, to anyone reading this, you look absolutely wonderful. For most of this summer, I have slept until 12pm and lazed around all day, with the odd bit of work and elbow grease thrown in.

And the same goes for anyone who is worrying about coming or returning to St Andrews this year. I just know you will all succeed, so, so much! In all honesty, I was and still am a total nervous wreck about any sort of change in my life. There are an abundance of reasons for me not to worry, and to be a very confident person, but there’s always that part of me that will fear new things. Well, fear, flip off.

As Mary Schmich said, “Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.” 

So when you inevitably see me over the next year, know that if you’re nervous to come up and speak to me, I was just as nervous to say hello to you in fear of being awkward, just as nervous moving into my halls accommodation for the first time, and just as nervous to even talk about returning to St Andrews this September.

Basically, if you’re worrying, that’s okay, but just remember for a second that you’re attending the top University in Scotland. St Andrews chose you, and today is your chance to be a vessel of positivity and productivity!

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