The decision to go to University is one of the first big decisions you make as an adult with freedom, rights and responsibilities. You get a taste of this during sixth form, when you narrow down what to study for A-levels, but even still you’re limited by choice. You have to go to a sixth form near to you and you may not have the option to study the subjects that you want because perhaps your sixth form doesn’t offer them. But with the decision to go to University (if that is what you decide) these constraints vanish. This decision is liberating, but it is also daunting and there are so many factors to consider.
Let’s be honest, it can all seem a bit much.
The first step in this process is to answer these questions from afar. Maybe look at one campus university and one city university to see which vibe you like. A lot of information and answers to these questions can be found on the internet, but I think it is important to visit the universities – especially your top five, as it gives you a great insight into the atmosphere and provides you with the opportunity to feel what the internet cannot give: instinct.
I honestly knew whilst I was walking around Newcastle that it was the university for me. The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and relaxed. My instinct told me what answering all those questions could not. I am now half way through my second year, and despite the cold weather (!), I still don’t regret my decision to come to this university and I don’t think I ever will. I think instinct is a pretty strong emotion and reaction to a place, and it is not something which should be ignored. By looking at universities you will be able to tailor your preferences, but you will also be able to recognise when you feel instinctively more happy or comfortable in a place and the decision will begin to feel a lot less overwhelming.