Why I chose UEA
There used to be a giant map of the UK on the wall of my secondary school's Maths corridor. Attached with little pins were picures of all the students who had headed to university, and where they'd gone. Some had travelled all the way up to Scotland, their pins placed at the very top of the map, and some pins had barely moved from their original home spot, happy at the University of Kent. I stood in front of that map and thought - how on Earth do you choose? Where is the next chapter of my story going to be?
Where is the next chapter of my story going to be?
The two best things to do are to work out what you DON'T want from you university, and absolutely go visit them. The two often go hand in hand because you may visit a university and then suddenly realise that was not what you expected. I figured out pretty fast that I wanted a campus university - I would feel swallowed up by a city. I also wanted somewhere that was far enough away from home that I could be independent, but not so far away that I'd never see my family. UEA checked both of these criteria for me.
I should probably mention the course too! Having read at least 50 prospectuses, I wanted to find a course that would give me the freedom to create my own degree path, and didn't have too many compulsory modules. I think total freedom with your degree is always a delusion, but I think I'll leave that for another post. Having liked everything I'd read about UEA - and it's position of the Times University Guide - I went to visit and from that point on I knew that's where I was going. The sun was shining on the university open day, and I felt like the students who showed me round were genuinely happy and that I would fit in. I hope everyone's university search was as enjoyable as mine was!
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