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