My first year at university has been an exciting learning experience. Although I didn’t make it into my first choice, I was accepted by my second and through experiencing my time there, I’m so glad that I was. I attend university in the vibrant and diverse city of Brighton. Similar to London in many ways, Brighton has an autonomous culture that attracts many and offers something for everyone.
My first few weeks at university confirmed that my choice to study English Language & Linguistics was the right decision for me. Answers to questions I had always wondered about language, were being taught and I found the Linguistics aspect particularly intriguing, as I hadn’t previously studied it. Furthermore, due to the mix of content that my course contains, it attracts an array of students. This made my studying experience more interesting, as it allowed me to learn and connect with others from different backgrounds and cultures. There are also a number of societies where you can meet people from different courses. These include The Feminist Society, The Christian Union, Student Media and many more. I’m a contributor of my University Newspaper, which means I write articles, features, reviews etc. that are published on their site. Through contributing to this online publication, I’m able to have access to press passes for a variety of events e.g. music gigs, comedy gigs etc. and review/preview them. This opens the door to experience Brighton’s lively events and the opportunity to meet even more people.
Living in a house off campus, with four other students, as oppose to living in uni accommodation was a good way to live in first year. It taught me about the process of signing contracts for private rent properties and how landlords can sometimes take advantage of students they let to. Furthermore, it allowed me to get familiar with travelling around Brighton, which will make it easier for me to navigate around the town in the next two years.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed my time at university thus far and look forward to what the coming years have in store. Advice I would give to those starting university this coming September/October is to make sure you choose a course that you enjoy, as you will be spending at least 3 years studying it. Also, try to explore the area where your university is and make the most of your uni experience!
By: Maxine Harrison
Twitter handle: @blessedism
Our good friend Robert Galinsky takes to the stage to introduce #TedXTeen...over 400 people in the audience today...so excited and privileged to be here! He's getting us energised - there is soooo much positive energy in the room. Next up...
None other than Monique Coleman of High School Musical! She's the TedXTeen host for the day, not only is she big in Disney, but incredibly has also been appointed the first ever UN Youth Champion for International Year of Youth!
She starts us off with..."What if the way to power humanity forward is to take a step back? Simple ideas, simple solutions"
We are the first generation that is older than the internet - she say's: "you have unprecedented possibilities" - so much global reach has positioned young people today to be the ones to solve today's most pressing issues and move us forward on this planet.
Coleman took a global tour last year to see what young people are doing and saying on global change. She came across the same common themes across the globe- young people wanted their voices heard, to know they mattered and that their ideas are being implemented to move us forward.
The ideas that are going to grace this stage are at the very forefront of changing the WORLD! So bring it on...let's hear it, be inspired and change it!
It's going to be a great day,
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