When I started my application for universities in England, I found student reviews very useful. It is always nice to know how other students find their university, how they like it or dislike it. I quickly found out it was hard to choose, especially since people seemed to have mixed feelings, which is only natural as we’re all different.
At first I only looked at universities that had literature degrees, of which is quite a few. Then I looked at where they were and how easy it would be for me to get there, as I can be a very anxious traveler. In the end I chose four that I found interesting:
- University of Roehampton
- University of Essex
- University of Kent
- Oxford Brookes University
I knew I was allowed to have five on my list, but couldn’t really decide. Then, as my student advisor had recently studied at Falmouth University and recommended it, I decided to put it as my last and fifth choice, despite the fact it was far from London.
To my own surprise I got accepted to all of the above, but Falmouth was the only university that wanted an interview over phone and an extra portfolio. Even though I did not think I would choose Falmouth at first, I liked how serious the process was with them.
Then, I visited Roehampton, Essex and Kent and was most intrigued by the latter. The view from the university’s grounds over Canterbury was beautiful! I also liked their accommodations and hospitality. I would have chosen Kent if it weren’t for the fact that I’d had a long talk with my former lecturer at the university I went to in Norway, where we figured out that journalism was a better choice for me than just literature. This decision ruled out about half of the universities I had applied to, which left me with Falmouth and Roehampton as I mentioned in my blogpost about my decision to study in England. Read it here.
“Open days” is a good opportunity to learn more about your favorite universities! I recommend it to anyone who is torn between their choices. It made my choice easier for sure, even though I did not choose any of the ones i visited.
- How did you find the application process?
- Where did you go/are you going to university?