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Gearing up for NUL

Gearing up for NUL

Palms sweating and heart beating! Reflecting on one of the most thrilling moments of my life as I started university.

Scarf, hat and trainers

Two campuses

When I first started applying for universities, Newcastle was one of my choices. With its good reputation and Russell group accreditation, I was looking forward to it. It was only when I was almost done completing my UCAS form that I saw that they also had a London campus!

The idea of studying in London, in the middle of a business centre, with small sized classes intrigued me. It felt unusual and yet, very right. And it was then, at that moment, that I changed my application to Newcastle University London campus.

Trust your instincts

I still remember the day I got my offer letter. I was looking through the window and scrolling down my emails. I opened my inbox and saw the letter. I could feel my heart beating faster as I ran to my parents to share the news. I had received three offer letters before, never having a reaction like this. And that’s when I knew where I wanted to study. It was not a difficult decision, I just went with my instinct.

Leaving home

The next few weeks flew by. There was lots of packing and making and remaking to-do lists. Reading never ending google lists of ‘things to know before moving to London’. And shopping. Stuffing my luggage with local sweets and snacks. Anything that would make me miss home less, visits from friends and relatives.

I was undoubtedly excited; yet there was a tinge of nervousness. I was looking forward to going to the UK and starting my university life. But, there was this little part of me that was scared to leave my parents’, step out on my own. So many emotions ran through my brain.

Settling in

Fast forward and I was in the UK. I was happy since I didn’t have to do any of the settling in by myself. My mother accompanied me, my elder sister came from Manchester, my cousin from Newcastle upon Tyne, and my uncle flew from Switzerland. I felt privileged to be with them through what might have been the toughest time, the hardest transition of my life.

I liked my accommodation. I chose a studio flat so I didn’t have any flatmates but I liked the other people at 'Scape East’. I looked forward to visiting the university and when I did, it was even better than I imagined.

Looking back

Looking back, I feel like I worried too much over trivial things along the way. I should have relaxed and enjoyed every bit of it more. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing. After all, it is an experience we get once in our lives and mine has been spectacular!

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