Like any milestone, moving away from home to go to university was difficult. The process of packing up and leaving my family home which is full of memories of my dad was bittersweet. It almost felt like I was leaving him behind. Whilst I was excited to start this new chapter of my life, I couldn’t help but feel his absence even more.


My first experience was the day I was packing and moving my stuff to uni and my mum wasn’t there. It was a sudden reality check that I was growing and continuing my life without her. I thought about what she would say and think about me leaving home.