4 May 2015

Making The RIGHT University Choices

In the midst of all my stress and mini panic attacks, I finally got around to choosing my firm and insurance universities on UCAS. I spent 15 minutes staring at the screen wondering if I was going to regret clicking the "Make this your firm choice"  button. 2 hours later and I'm still not sure whether I made the right choice or not.

So...This happened....

Let's go back to the root of all this. Choosing my COURSE. A few months ago, I had no idea what to study. I was bouncing back and forth between

  •  Microbiology
  • Geology 
  • Business Management 
  • Accounting 
And guess what I settled for?.... Business Management. You're probably thinking "Ohh...I thought you'd do better".. I know, I know. After hours of debating with myself and my parents, I decided to go for business because it still leaves many doors open for me. I like being creative, but couldn't really choose a creative subject at school (which is why I had multiple blogs too). I'm not sure if I'll like my course, but the deed has been done. I have chosen a firm and an insurance university. For the sake of privacy, I won't tell you  where, but I've declined offers from Kent, Liverpool and Edinburgh. 

Another problem is the way I chose my universities. Yes, I'm an IB student, but I'm not a genius, and it's quite a huge jump from GCSEs. I chose 2 Unis that required the number of points I was predicted, 2 universities were 1 point below my predicted grades and the last one was 4 points below my predicted grades. My firm required me to meet my predicted grades and my insurance is 4 points below my predicted grades. I visited the applicant days, and I hated my insurance uni. But because there is a chance that I will not make my predicted, better safe than sorry. 

With that being said, here is my number one tip on choosing your firm and insurance unis. 


Trust me. Open days are okay, but applicant days that you go to once you're holding an offer is slightly more intimate and will give you a real sense of what the uni is like. 

When I visited my firmed uni, I honestly had the time of my life. The students were so nice, everything was so organised and you could ask as many questions as you liked. We had a structured schedule, we were split into little group with a bubbly student giving us a tour. 

On the other hand, when I visited my insurance uni, as I walked through the doors, I could hear a guy aying "Why are there so many people here? I can't believe they actually want to come to this university". Umm. Excuse me sir, but I don't think that's what you should be saying in front of all these prospective students, regardless of whether you were talking to you friend, your grandmother or the floor. FURTHERMORE, NOTHING was organised. I mean, if the open day is not organised, how am I supposed to trust that my whole three years will be organised? They showed us one of their YOUTUBE videos as an introduction, talked about the course structure and the London life and that was it. Nothing on student accommodation, nothing on how the staff will help, nothing on types of modules, nothing on employment opportunities. Just. argh. 

The prospectus will make everything look glamorous, but just go there in person. Please. 

I would go on, but this post is way too long and I need to get back to revising! 

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments! 

Until next time

Peace and Love 

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