Year of Course: 3
What are the best parts of going to university?
University is full of opportunity and is about constantly trying new things, taking up hobbies, joining societies or even studying new subjects. For me, it was the chance to study abroad in Denmark for six months, where I met friends from all over the world who I hope to visit over the summer.
Having such a long summer is not only fun but beneficial – you can take a holiday, go travelling or try out some work experience to see what type of career could interest you and more importantly, you can earn some money in order to help you out for your next year at university
Meeting new people has to be one of the most amazing things about university. Different kinds of people from different backgrounds all come together which makes you feel part of a community. With over 20,000 students here, you always meet new and interesting people. Most people have come to university not knowing everyone so you never feel alone and everyone is as equally worried and excited about coming here.
Lastly, the support offered is extensive. If you are studying one degree such as Sociology, but need extra help with another subject such as Maths, you can pop in to the Maths Aid in the library. If you are feeling lonely or miss home, there are staff in Student Services who can listen to and help you through any problems. If you are struggling with your course, you can speak to your personal tutor or lecturers who are always willing to help. Overall, everyone at Newcastle is friendly and helpful, including the students, support staff and lecturers.
What are the worst parts of going to university?
I think one of the worst parts of going to university is getting used to working alone and not having teachers force you to do it. However, the first year allows you to require the skills in order to do this. Over the duration of your course, it becomes normal and easy for you. You become very self-motivated and determined, even if forcing yourself to sit in the library for three hours might get a little boring at times!
What do you do in your free time?
In my spare time, I socialise by going for cheap lunches on student deals, I go out to the various clubs and bars which Newcastle is known for and I go to the gym sometimes when I’m not being lazy! I like to try new things - for example I try to volunteer at different types of organisations to build up my experience. Over the Easter holidays I helped with a political campaign by handing out leaflets and encouraging people to vote.
Do you have a part time job?
Throughout my second year of university, I worked at a local pub two or three days a week which helped me meet people living in the area, as well as other students. The Careers Service helps you plan your future but also offers some casual work over the academic year. For example I applied to work on this Bitesize Uni project! I have also worked as a student ambassador for my department, taking tours of prospective students and their families around the campus.
Any other comments or advice for year 12 students?
When you come to university, the best thing to be is open minded! Be open minded to new people and experiences as it will build you as a person. Take every opportunity, even if it scares you. The more you do, the more confident you become. Lastly, be excited about your chance to study at university and enjoy yourself.