Choosing a University & Do I Regret My Choice?
Choosing a university can be a difficult choice and having doubts about your choice, equally is not a nice feeling. Over the last 6 months, I have found myself researching what I am going to do after university. Including what I need to do to achieve it and what my study plan for the upcoming year is. Is it too eager to start thinking this early on? Personally, I have found summer best to prepare myself for the new year. Trust me, I will be falling behind before I know it; if it is anything like last year!
Maybe titling this blog post ‘Do I Regret My Choice of University?’ is a bit far-fetched or maybe I am just being deep in thought at half three in the morning. But I have been thinking about university choices for a while now… For those of you who are not aware I am currently studying LLB Law at the University of Portsmouth; and have just completed first year.
so this year actually ‘counts’ *inserts eye rolling emoji*
Choosing a University
After visiting friends who are in the year above me, throughout their first year at Portsmouth; I completely fell in love with the seafront city. Despite having my other choices all accepted, I knew that none of them mattered; my heart was set on Portsmouth. Rewinding back to the start of choosing a university process, I originally did not want to move away from home. Funnily enough I had my heart set on the University of Law at their Guildford branch; however was apparent after visiting their open day that I did not want to go there for my undergraduate experience.
When I started thinking about Portsmouth it sounded like a perfect place, not only did I love the city; but I had friends there and it was only a short journey away from home. After visiting an open day at Portsmouth it was clear; that it was the place where I was meant to be. I had a look back through photos and came across these ones from the open day; where I was taking full advantage of participating in acting as a barrister.
Below is approximately a year and a half gap and I am still enjoying dressing up as a barrister.
It made me laugh while writing this blog post; as I realised one of the girls in the background is actually now my friend.
Around December the doubts started, not only was this just with my university choice; but whether going to university was right for me. The great thing about making friends at university is that everyone is in the same boat; to my relief, feeling like this around Christmas is completely normal. Once you go back home and be fed some homecooked food; you will soon miss the university freedom and seeing your friends every day.
In January time I started looking at other peoples university experience content; this made me question whether I made the right choice as I saw all these other beautiful cities. As a law student, I have been loving Eve Cornwell’s content on her law degree experience at Bristol. As well as this I have been looking at the amazing opportunities Kings College London has; with their English Law & American Law LLB and JD course. This course allows you to gain your LLB degree as well as a Juris Doctor from Columbia or Georgetown. Still, to this day, I am sad that I did not look into other universities and their opportunities. However, I find great comfort in that my A-Level grades were not good enough for Kings College; this way I do not feel like I am missing out on as much.
Key Tips to Choosing a University
- Do attend open days and get an insight into how the university runs your desired course
- Attend a variety of open days, even if you were not planning on going anywhere else
- Do not focus too much on the pressure of Russell group universities; there are plenty of other good universities out there
- Be realistic about the entry requirements
- Have a choice with lower entry requirement so if you do not perform 110% you have a peace of mind
- Look at the student satisfaction feedback given for your desired course
- Be open minded on different cities
- Lastly, be happy with your choice and do not let parents or friends pressure you into going somewhere else
Overall, as much as other universities may offer different experiences, would I swap Portsmouth for it? Most probably not. I have made incredible friends in Portsmouth and while it may not have beautiful old buildings like Bristol; or the chance to study in America like KCL, it offers me everything I need and has a lovely beach after all.
Only 25 days till I return and I cannot wait!
Courtney Bekah x