Thursday, 21 May 2015

End of First Year!

BBC filming 
I am currently visiting my girlfriend in Birmingham, sat in one of the nicest Library's in the UK watching BBC Doctor's 3000th episode being filmed. I love how there's so many big oppurtunties for media students in this city compared to the city I study in.

Heres goes; I've finally finished my first year of University and have learnt so many things from it. The main one being that I haven't enjoyed my course at all. They all seem very glossy on open days, but after unfortunately studying my course for a year I have decided that it isn't for me. Luckily I am able to transfer to the 2nd year of a Media Production course instead, where I will have a lot more choice of what modules I want to study and will be able to get involved with a lot more of the production side of broadcasting. I just wanted to give you some advice on what to do if you're not enjoying your course.

First of all, try to get as much information as possible about your course before you start, speak to past students, go to taster days etc. As Sunderland is quite far away from my house I only visited the university once and don't think I got as much information as I should have got; partly down to me changing course throughout my UCAS application and only getting information for the course I was originally going to be studying. There still time over summer to go and visit your chosen University and join freshers pages to speak to past students.

Once you've started I would suggest trying to look over modules you are going to be studying and whats involved in the modules. I didn't and was too busy getting caught up in Freshers week and going out after freshers week. The earlier you know if you like your course or not, the easier it will be for you to change courses. Still it's not the end of the world if you, like me only decide that you don't enjoy your course towards the end of the year.

The first thing to do is to speak to your course leader/tutor to go through the different options of what you want to do. I specifically wanted to change to a course similar to mine so that I could transfer into the 2nd year as I didn't fancy starting all over again, after one or two meetings with both course leaders it was decided that I could transfer into the 2nd year of my chosen course. Overall I have enjoyed my first year of University, I've met so many new people and can't wait to be living in a 8 bedroomed house for 2nd year.