Choosing where you want to spend the next three years of your life can be a really daunting responsibility. Personally, I was in a position where I could go anywhere I wanted, and this is the story of how I came to choose Newcastle…
I chose to do Sociology not long before beginning the UCAS application process. I’d never studied it before, but having loved studying people in geography and psychology at A Level, I knew I’d enjoy it as a degree.
Next, I took to Google to find the perfect university for me. Being comfortably predicted A*A*A, I aimed high – Russell Group. Then, after pouring through module outlines, it became clear that Newcastle’s Sociology BA Honours course was the one for me. The course was brimming with modules I’d genuinely want to study, and sounded the most interesting by far.
Soon after, I jumped on a train for an Open Day, and from then on I was sold. The city was absolutely beautiful, and I was amazed by just how much there was on the University’s doorstep, being right in the city centre. The lecturers were passionate, friendly and rid me of any concerns I had about not having studied Sociology before.
I’ll never forget how loudly I screamed with joy when I got my offer from Newcastle. Despite being in the middle of a lunch queue, I couldn’t help myself, I was ecstatic.
All that was left to do was to make NCL my firm choice. I’d also applied and received offers from Durham, Exeter and Nottingham University. My parents pushed me to choose one of my other offers based solely on university league tables, but I knew just how much Newcastle had to offer and that I could never choose a number on a table over my dream university.
Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing! I feel so lucky to live in a city as vibrant and dynamic as Newcastle, studying a course that makes me want to get up for lectures in the morning. If I had chosen another university I know I would have always wondered, ‘what if?’.
So my advice to you is; go with your gut, and if your gut says NCL, I’m certain you won’t regret it!