Sunday, 9 July 2017

I'm Going to University! 🎓

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well! 
Today I have something a little different for you, I'm not usually one for personal posts but this one is a pretty big deal. I may be four years late but I am finally going to university to study creative writing and film! Last weekend I went to visit the uni that I will spending the next three years of my life dedicated to and I'm so excited, I just had to tell you about it.
Hold on to your hats, its a long one!


Okay, so the truth is, in the last four years I've been completely stuck; I'd been sucked into the mundane idea of going to a job I didn't enjoy just to earn money, paying bills, buying meaningless things, then doing it all again on a Monday morning. I wasn't living up to my full potential and I wasn't enjoying life. That's not to say I've not had a few great experiences: concerts, events, connecting with old and new friends, watching a copious amount of films, tv shows and youtube videos, and starting my directing job - which has essentially been one of the only things that has kept me going. Since 2013 I've pretty much lived the same day, every day. I'd had this realisation almost every day since I left school, yet the clocks kept ticking and life carried on, until April this year, when I decided enough was enough.

I began to reconsider obtaining a degree, but I knew that my choice of course had to be something I felt I could completely and happily throw myself into. It had to be worth that £9000 a year and actually be helpful in getting me into a job that I loved by the end. I'm not the same person I was at 18 when my life revolved around wanting to be an actor. I've continued to tap into other skills since then, particularly writing and directing. I concluded I was never meant to be a performer, but a creator. With my blog under my belt, constantly watching films, and writing being an expressive outlet I always returned to, I realised that creative writing and film studies would be the perfect choice. With a bit of research I discovered De Montfort University and their joint honours degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies and the more I read the more I fell in love. I was truly excited by an idea for the first time in a long time.


Of course, by April, I had already missed the big UCAS deadlines so I thought I was already too late for university this year. I looked into it more and by that point, decided to throw caution to the wind and apply anyway, since DMU stated they do still accept late applications. In a whirlwind week I bashed out a personal statement (a record time in comparison to the months I spent on them in previous years) and profusely filled in all the nitty gritty UCAS application and student finance details. Within ten days, after another week of meticulously writing an assigned creative piece for my application, I had an unconditional offer! The fact that it all seemed to happen so fast and seamlessly, whilst being kind of fun, it felt like things were finally falling into place.


So it's all well and good having gotten a place, but I'd actually never seen the uni besides photos and videos online. Fortunately DMU have a great online profile so it was easy to obtain a lot of information about them and feel connected to them, despite not actually being there. However I knew it would be important to actually go and visit them so I booked my place on their open day and headed to Leicester for the weekend.

The campus has a really lovely vibe, it felt like a bustling little village within this busy city, where everyone was very friendly and it was relatively easy to find my way around. The balance of the old and new architecture creates a stunning landscape, particularly their new Vijay Patel building (pictured below) which I found hugely impressive and very modern. This is balanced by the historic Hawthorn building built in 1890, (pictured behind the welcome hub / food village below) which fits perfectly with the historic city of Leicester. The vibrant colours of campus also create a bright and positive atmosphere, which made me feel very comfortable when strolling around the grounds.

While I was there I attended course talks and explored the work the students at DMU complete. The more I heard the faculty speak so passionately about their subjects and DMU as a whole, I was inspired and excited even more. The whole experience definitely firmed my choice in my mind and made me even more excited to join them in September.

The city of Leicester was very, very busy, much more than I'm used to living in a rural part of the South East. It also had the familiar balance of old and new, such as the clock tower pictured below, along with the modern restaurants (with gluten free options yay!) and shopping centres - which means lots more beauty counters to try not spending my money on! There was such a vast amount of shops and places to go that I think it will take me quite some time to get used to finding my way around, but more than anything, that's another thing I'm looking forward to! One big thing I noticed about both DMU and the city is how clean everything was, you might be able to tell in the pictures too! Fortunately the weather did hold out over the whole weekend so that also added to the positive atmosphere.


So now I'm gathering up everything I need to completely turn my life upside down, from buying pots and pans, to cleaning out my wardrobe down to the necessities - I'll be a very busy bee between now and September. I'll finally be moving out of my childhood home and gain a full sense of independence, so I'm definitely counting down the days until my move in date comes around; I'm so ready for this new chapter in my life!

I hope you enjoyed this post and it wasn't too rambley or boring for you. I also hope to start posting more university related blog posts once things settle down and I find a blogging groove that works for me in Leicester.

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