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Olivia Bouchard, Graduate: Five things I missed about Jersey

Olivia Bouchard, Graduate: Five things I missed about Jersey

Friday 28 August 2020

Olivia Bouchard, Graduate: Five things I missed about Jersey


Before I left for university, I had a slightly different opinion of Jersey compared to the one I have now. I was grateful to have grown up here, but it wasn’t until I moved to London that I realised just how much about the island I’d been taking for granted.

Now, having been back for a couple of months, I’ve had time to reflect on all the things I love about the place I’m lucky enough to call home.

I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve missed things that I never gave a second thought to before leaving. For example...

1. The views

There’s nothing like living and studying in Central London for three years to make you really appreciate Jersey’s great outdoors - especially during the recent heat-waves we’ve been having.

I can’t overstate how strongly I’ve missed the Island’s beaches.

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Pictured: Portelet Beach.

On hot days in the city, there's nothing I wanted to do more than lay on the sand all day with the occasional refreshing dip in the sea. 

2. The Size

Something I didn’t expect to miss was how small Jersey is. Not only in terms of its distance, but also the sense of community which the smallness creates. Before, I didn’t think it was that noteworthy that everyone lives relatively close to each other. But now, I’m really thankful to be back to a short commute.

3. The Royals (not Wills and Kate) 

One indisputable fact about Jersey is how good our local produce is.

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Pictured: Jersey Royals... Is there really anything better?

Freshly grown, organic and delicious; Jersey Royals have become even more of a treat for me since being back. Jersey Dairy’s milk is also unrivalled in comparison to the UK. 

4. The Pace 

The feeling of moving home after uni has been similar to taking a well-needed breather after a long run.

Jersey’s general pace and lifestyle is more easygoing than I previously realised and is something I’ve definitely missed over the past three years.

5. The People

Before leaving, I really couldn’t have predicted how much I’d miss the local Jersey people and the friendly atmosphere they generate.

Something as simple as smiling at a stranger when walking past them. Just the little things about the island that I took for granted, like being in the loop of each other’s news. 

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Pictured: People really make the place.

Overall, my experience of leaving Jersey has made me appreciate the island far more than I ever did before.

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

Pictured top: Olivia and City University in London, where she studied English.

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