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Let’s face it, we generally feel somewhat transformed by the time that we reach a particular moment in a new milestone, although it is not until you actually sit down and start to think about it (for me, on a rainy Wednesday evening with little company other than a yet-to-be-eaten bar of Reese’s peanut butter cups!) that you realise how far you have come. Yes, there have been – and certainly will continue to be – some stressful times (let’s not think about those upcoming deadlines for essays!), but you feel stronger for having survived the worst of it. In fact, no student...
Hello, my name is Sophie Gibbons, and I am currently attending college where I study a Level 3 UAL in Media Studies and Production as well as the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification.
I have now officially sent off my application to five different Universities where I will potentially be attending one of these five choices in 2019, and I am absolutely blown away by how nerve racking it was! I am surprised with how much of an affect this has had over me as I am usually quite a laid-back person, but no... clearly am not – I proved myself wrong, I am in fact the opposite.
So, I was sitting at my desk in college today and the realisation hit me... I need to send of my application! Even though I have an extended deadline compared to everyone else applying to university in my college, as me being the unique and impatient person I am, I decided to apply as an individual because the college didn't get me their buzzword quick enough.
Depending on the kind of courses you apply for, your chosen unis and colleges may invite you for an interview or audition – in fact they’re compulsory for some courses, such as teaching and nursing.
They’re a way for both students and course tutors to find out if they’re mutually suitable. If invited, your chosen uni will make sure you have all the details so you know where to go and when. The interviewers may want to see work examples – such as an essay or piece of coursework – but they’ll let you know this in advance.
What course are you studying/have you studied? I started off studying a BSc in Biology at Swansea University before doing a Masters by Research in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Bristol. I’m currently doing a PhD at the University of Liverpool on Schmallenberg virus (a disease of sheep and cattle that is spread by midges), as part of my BBSRC funding I was required to do an MRes in Clinical Sciences at the University for my first year.
What or who inspired you to study for a postgraduate qualification? I’ve always been fascinated by diseases, so studying them after my undergrad seemed the perfect thing for me, but it was my mum that inspired me to carry on to a PhD. She completed hers in marine zoology...
The prospect of going to interview is nerve-wracking. For many it involves singing your own praises, answering unknown questions on the spot and having your personal statement pulled apart, all of which push people out of their comfort zone. Here is a list of a few key ideas, which I have found helpful in preparing for interview and that have made me feel more confident!
- Research questions based on topic
Just Google “interview questions for [insert course]” and you will find questions that cover key topic areas. I found the best way to use these...
My name is Favour (Tobi) Ogunjemilua, and I’m studying business management with a placement year, at the University of Surrey.
Número uno! When it comes to clothes, you don’t need to pack everything in your closet. Bring only what you know you’re going to wear. There’s no point trying to fill your suitcase with clothes because you want them to last you the whole year. Bring what you normally wear on a day-to-day basis. If you want to buy new clothes, do so, because it’s better than taking clothes you haven’t...
For many young people, including myself, freshers’ week can be a daunting and nerve-wracking thing to think about. There are many worries that freshers may have about uni life – this is very normal, and includes fears around how they are going to cope with new surroundings, the workload, and the financial responsibility they will now have to face. This blog will shows new freshers that there is nothing to worry about, with a few tips along the way.
One of the main fears new students have is their first few weeks at university. This is to be expected – some students will be walking into classrooms with people they have never met before, which can cause some anxiety. My university had a great induction programme which helped me settle in and get to know others. This also helped me develop confidence that I was good enough to be on the course – one of my personal fears, as I thought I was not smart enough to be at university. However, this fear was quickly eliminated during my...
OK, that sounds a little forward, but at least do it for new friendships.
This is my second time at uni, and it’s the one thing I’ve done differently. You don’t have to be super confident (I’m certainly not) – you just need to say ‘hello’ and ask a question, any question! (OK, not any question – normal social boundaries still apply!)
Honestly though, maybe it’s because I’m a ‘mature student’ (if anyone’s mature at 25?), but this time around, I’ve found my voice.
I was so nervous before starting, my head was a never-ending, anxious monologue. ‘What if I’m the oldest on my course? What if nobody speaks to me? What if nobody has similar interests to me?’ What if I stopped...
If you’re applying to a conservatoire, you’ll need to attend an audition before they can make a decision – our guide to making the most of your audition will help you get to grips with how to prepare.
To give you a better idea of what could be in store for you at an audition, Nicola Peacock from the Royal College of Music shares her top tips.
Auditions are a busy time for conservatoire staff, but also exciting, as we get to meet the talented new students who will be joining us next year. We are very aware that auditioning at a conservatoire can seem a daunting prospect, but we really want applicants to have a positive experience and a lot of effort goes into ensuring we look after you on the day.