Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My university experience...

So I'm currently sat in bed scrolling through and refreshing Facebook&Twitter trying to entertain myself which at 1 in the morning isn't really working as most normal people are asleep at this time so I decided to be productive and write a blog post! This post is about the whole process I went through to get to where I am now!

15 months ago all of my friends from college were applying to uni and getting offers from their first choice uni and I hadn't got a clue what I wanted to do. I was working somewhere that at the time was amazing for my career and I was determined that I was going to a uni local to home so I could stay at this job even though the uni really wasn't the best for me. My family and friends kept telling me that it wasn't the right thing to do and I needed to do what was best for myself and no one else. I then left this job on new years day 2014 and was adamant that I wasn't going to go to uni after all as it seemed like way too much hassle, I had like 2 weeks until the UCAS deadlines, I hadn't a clue where I wanted to go or where was a good place to go and on the night before UCAS deadline my mom convinced me that if I didn't do it I never would so I did. We sat up most of the night looking into universities and their performing arts courses and I managed to find 5 that I liked the look of. We also had to write my whole personal statement in about 2 hours, the pressure was on, although my personal tutor from college said it was one of the best she had seen. I applied to Anglia Ruskin(Cambridge), Colchester Institute, Liverpool Hope, De Montfort and University of Birmingham, I got offers from 4 of these and was invited to 3 auditions, which I was absolutely crapping myself for! My first audition was in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin and it went fab! It was a group audition so you didn't have to prepare anything, I loved the lecturers that did the audition and Cambridge as a city was amazing! My next audition was at De Montfort and it went really well as well but it just wasn't a course suited to what I wanted to do. 

My next audition was the absolute worst out of all of them and this was the place that I really wanted to go to. It was at a college in Colchester that had degree facilities, I had to prepare a monologue, 2 songs and then take part in a dance workshop. It was literally the worst experience ever, my monologue went fab and everyone loved it, I fucked my song up and forget all the words and the dance workshop was absolute hell! For a sixth form running a degree course, I was shocked as it was honestly worse than a drama school audition. I hated the place it was situated, we walked around a corner and there were people sat on a bench drinking and injecting drugs at half-past 12 in the afternoon. Two days after I got a call from them and they basically said there were no places on the course even before our audition so they were trying to accommodate to all the students so they offered me a place on a technical theatre course, now I specialise in tech but I really didn't want to get a degree in it as you can only take it so far. I had my heart set on studying performing arts and was really gutted this was the place I had set my mind on. 

When it came to choosing where I wanted to go I chose Anglia Ruskin, their entry requirements were higher but I knew I could do it if I put my mind to it. The morning of results day came and I was awake eagerly awaiting to see if I had got into ARU and ID ONLY GONE AND BLOODY DONE IT! I was literally sooooo excited and ran into my moms room and quietly exclaimed that I had got in so I didn't wake my dad, I literally didn't even care if I picked up my results, they didn't matter anymore I had got in! Moving day came and I was so scared and upset about leaving my family. We got to Cambridge and I instantly fell in love with where I was living. It's honestly amazing. 

Since then I've made some amazing friends and have settled into my course so well and absolutely love it. I'm so glad I chose to go to ARU. It's literally the best experience ever. I strongly recommend if you are considering going to university, do it! A lot of people are scared and worried before they leave but once you are there it's so so fab! I mean there are times I really miss my family and home but I can always go home in the near future and they are always at the end of a Facetime call. 

That's all for tonight. Hope you enjoy!

Jess x


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