Friday, 4 October 2013

Why Winchester?

Crossing the Severn Bridge on the 21st September, I was so excited to begin my university experience at Cardiff University in South Wales. Researching countless courses: Journalism, Multimedia Journalism, English language and English literature, I finally decided to combine the subjects I enjoyed and gained a place on the English language and literature course. After a two and a half hour car journey, we arrived and my parents and I began to unload the car. 

I started feeling very apprehensive, however I blamed nerves and disregarded the sense of uncertainty I felt. Saying goodbye to my parents, particularly my mum who undoubtedly blinded herself due to being in floods of tears (so many she couldn't see anything, I'm sure) was most definitely one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. The students living in my flat and I became friends very quickly; living with three boys and only one girl worked quite well! The next day, we walked to the Cardiff shopping centre which presented an array of different shops and the capital city itself is beautiful from the scenes and places I saw! However, I missed home a lot. 

Having lived in Southampton town my whole life, the concept of being quite far from home became difficult (at 18 years old I missed home after two days - is that shameful?). I love my family and have come to the conclusion I am very much a 'home girl', which is why I decided to transfer to a university closer to home; the University of Winchester. 
I saw myself spending money I didn't have - a taxi ride from my accommodation to the university itself cost £6.50 between us and although once we all put money towards it, it wasn't as costly, I felt I could be using my money more effectively. Arguably, we could easily walk the 20 minute journey but walking home late at night did not seem like the smartest idea... 
I decided that my familiarity with the area I grew up in could be used to my advantage, so my decision to move back was easily the best decision I've ever made. I'm incredibly lucky to have parents who were so supportive of my decision and now I am fully applying myself to the new course in an area I love, with the people I love. I now have the opportunity to travel anywhere and do things without the thought of expense being a problem.

University offers many opportunities, and I wouldn't dismiss the concept of living in halls to anyone, though doing what YOU personally want to do triumphs all. People have preconceived ideas of what university life is like but if it isn't right for you then that's that. You should never do something that doesn't make you happy just because everyone else seems to be doing it.

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