Wednesday, 5 August 2015

My First Year || Interview || Sophie

If you follow me on twitter, you may know that I am currently in Edinburgh! As I will have very little time to write blog posts (don't worry, I have a few scheduled!), I thought about doing a little guest series with some fellow students. I asked on twitter for students who had just finished their first year of university to shed some light and offer some advice to those who may be thinking about university, or about to go into their first year. Have a look what the first interviewee said...

1. What course are you studying?

I'm doing BA History at the University of Northampton.

2. Did you move into University accommodation or stay at home?

I live at home! I'm actually a mature student with a fiance and two kids so uni accommodation was never an option I considered. I commute from Milton Keynes to Northampton every day, while my fiance commutes in the opposite direction to his university in Luton. We have both just finished first year!

3. What have been some of your favourite parts of university so far?

The confidence it has given me, and the difference it has therefore made to my mental health. Knowing that I CAN achieve things and that my life wasn't one of low-paid jobs after all - I gained the power to change my own life.

4. What have been some of the worst parts of university so far?

I'm a mum, a full-time student, I work and I suffer from anxiety and depression - something was bound to give. In December I ended up going to hospital with what I thought was appendicitis - my doctor described it as a 'stomach attack'; my body rebelling because I wasn't managing my time properly. I was trying to be the best mum, the best student, the best girlfriend, the best employee - I had to really decide what was important to me. My partner and I devised a plan to split study time fairly, I made a deal with myself not to work while the kids were awake and I taught myself to say 'no' to work. It was a really hard lesson for a workaholic like me, but I'm so glad I got it out of the way in first year.

5. Are you happy with your choice of choosing to go to university? Would you choose a different course?

God yes! Sometimes I wish I'd gone sooner but I really think if I wasn't in the place I am now (by that I mean in a steady relationship, with children, my own home and years of life experience behind me) I wouldn't be as connected to the experience as I am now. I was not ready for university when I was 18, and I don't think it's fair to expect that of any 18 year old. There's so much life you've got to live and there's always time for university. In terms of a different course, no. I have nothing planned career wise - I simply wanted the opportunities that a degree would open up for me, so chose to study something that really interests me.  

6. Do you have any advice for Freshers coming to university this September or any other words of wisdom?

Please don't think that uni is getting drunk, sleeping around and missing your lectures! Make the most of the opportunities you are given. Degree classification is more important than the degree itself and your choices will be with you forever! Keep your head in the game.
And don't panic. It's not like school. People are nice, and if they're not you don't need to be near them.

7. Describe your first year in 3 words

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