After studying events management for two years at college I realised that it wasn’t what I wanted to do as a career. One subject I did love though was marketing and after feeling that I had outgrown the college environment I decided it was the right time to apply to university. I applied to four courses but after visiting the universities and disliking them I rejected all my offers. This meant I went into clearing and spent my summer unsure about what I was doing with my life. At the same time clearing spaces started to become available my boyfriend received an offer to study in Dundee. We made the decision to both move, but it was too late for me to go to university there. After some frantic research we realised it was easier for me to go to Stirling from Dundee than it was home so I accepted my offer there.
This meant we had two weeks to find a flat, move across the country, organise part time jobs and prepare for university. SOMEHOW WE MANAGED IT. We moved into the flat two days before university started and are still currently re arranging and organising rooms three months later. Our family were amazing through all of this especially our mum’s who were having to come to terms with us moving out so abruptly.
This has made my first semester at uni a little bit more complicated than the average student. I spent eight weekends travelling home to work part time whilst waiting on a transfer. This meant I fell a little behind on uni work and have spent the rest of the semester playing catch up. It has been difficult but I am almost finished. Commuting to university has made it harder to make friends. I was so busy travelling and adjusting to university I never bothered with freshers week – most people that were participating stayed on campus. I also found lectures really intimidating to walk into, all my subjects had over 300 students in the lectures. I have spoke to some people over 12 weeks but it hasn’t been the same as college.
Choosing to go to Stirling was a big decision for me, I had never visited the campus before accepting my offer. However I went for a visit before I started my course and was amazed. The campus is away from the city and is set around a Loch with hills surrounding it. It was the perfect choice for me and I didn’t even know it.
There have been many ups and downs the last few months, I knew there would be. You can’t expect to change your whole life so quickly and not have things go wrong. However it has been one of the most exciting times I think I will ever experience and I wouldn’t change a single decision.