Five things to know when applying to university
Applying to university is exciting but can also be nerve-wracking. Deciding on things like where to apply and what course to choose can seem a little overwhelming. But there’s no need to panic.
15 Aug 2018
As long as you plan ahead and ask yourself the right questions, the process can be painless. Here are some important pointers to consider when embarking on this new and exciting chapter in your life:
1. Don’t be afraid to try something different
University is a really exciting time for you to explore and develop YOUR interests, guided by experts and professionals in that field. It can be really tempting to just pursue a conventional degree choice but look beyond the traditional subjects and there are a wide variety, from computer games design and fashion management to music journalism, that are rewarding and could allow you to turn your passion into a career.
2. If it gets difficult, just keep going
There are bound to be challenges along the way, with draft personal statements, feedback, more redrafts, exam results and more…and all of this at the same time as trying to have some kind of personal life.
It may seem impossible, but if you plan ahead and give yourself time to meet the necessary deadlines, you won’t have to scramble around in a panic.
Just start, keep going, and eventually, you will get to where you want to be.
3. Ask questions
If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask questions. So many people have struggled through the same questions as you and universities are full of friendly and approachable people, from admissions tutors to course lecturers, who will be only too happy to help. As Chinese philosopher, Confucius said, ‘the man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.’
4. Discuss with your parents, friends and teachers
The best — and only — person who can make decisions about your future is… you. However, it can be helpful to discuss your options with people who you know and trust such as parents, friends and teachers. They can offer advice and encouragement about applications, deadlines, and interviews. At the end of the day, remember that their advice is just that — advice. It’s your life, and your decision!
5. Have fun!
University is an exciting time — the doors to your future are wide open and you hold the keys! So, embrace this moment and enjoy the process of learning, meeting new people, growing and pushing yourself. You never know where it could take you.