When you find the right university for you, you just know.
I wasn’t too fussed about where I was going to spend my next three years after sixth form to begin with. I went to one open day and thought maybe I could see myself at that uni. However, the day after, I went to Newcastle’s open day and instantly fell in love with the campus.
The English Language course seemed like everything I wanted it to be without all the parts I was so unsure about at other universities. After that, I knew that was where I had to be, and in applying to university I made sure to do everything I could because I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.
Towards the end of year 12 and at the start of year 13, our teachers started encouraging us to write our personal statements.
I think it’s important to write multiple drafts, as my personal statement went through many stages before it was done. I was lucky in that my form tutor at my sixth form was always asking us if he could see what we had done and giving us feedback on how to improve it.
If you’re worried about your personal statement and your sixth form or college doesn’t actively give the support in writing personal statements I would say to go looking for it. Ask your favourite subject teacher, form tutor or head of year and they will point you in the right direction.
My memories of UCAS are a blur but I don’t remember finding it difficult to use at all.
If you’re struggling with your application there will be plenty of people who can help at your sixth form or college and there’s heaps of advice online and on this website too.
What I do remember was waiting for universities to reply to my applications. I worried for months until I had my five offers and I didn’t feel completely content until results day in August when I found out I had secured my place at Newcastle University.
I would say that if you are worrying a lot about whether you’ll receive offers; know that if you’ve done everything you can and your predicted grades are what they need to be, you’re likely to get a conditional offer.
Then it’s up to you to work your hardest in your A levels and hopefully you will get into the university that feels like home to you.