I write this stuck in a cave of revision notes, as it's—you guessed it—exam season! Even though I still have much to do (the biggest understatement) I can't help but reflect on my first year of university. For a background check: I'm currently studying in the U.K. as a Psychology undergraduate at the university of my dreams. It's pretty good, if we're referring to the league tables.
Every year juniors in high school are asked if they have started looking into where they want to go for college. The list of options for further education is endless. When I began my search for the perfect college, I was overwhelmed. I had no idea whether I wanted a big or small school, public or private, or any idea what I really wanted from a school. Every college or university has different things to offer and it can be difficult to decide where you want to go, but it can be done.
So exactly a year ago tomorrow I moved 190 miles away from home to Leeds to study an art foundation degree at Leeds Arts university. I hadn't even considered a foundation and barely knew what it was about around a year and a half ago; so I'm writing this to inform and maybe even help others with their decisions if thinking about entering the creative industry.
College. It is something a lot of us go through at some point in our life, whether it be straight out of high school or down the road a little bit, whether it is to earn a degree or just to further our knowledge with a few courses.
In regard to the colleges of arts, science, and business, there needs to be a change in the way in which the colleges interact. Currently, the college of nursing, business, engineering, and computer coding are taking the lead in highest grossing and most successful career fields. These are critical fields of study, but today I am advocating for the development of the funding for the College of Arts and Science.
It’s a right of passage for most any 18-year-old. By the time you’re in your senior year of high school, you’ve probably already applied to the college of your choice, and summer begins the countdown of your first taste of independence. What you’ll find in the fall is that there are many social & emotional benefits of college.
I am only a sophomore in college and I have been going back-and-forth in my mind about whether I should be in college or not. Is the debt worth it? Is the stress worth it? There are many options when it comes to getting your degree; university, online, community college, etc...; but none of them seem to fit. At a university, you usually have to live in a dorm and have a meal plan for your first two years. Taking online classes are much more expensive, even though you're not actually going to a classroom which makes no sense, but that's how it works. Community college would require me, personally, to move back home and that was the whole purpose of me going to a university four hours away from my hometown was.
One of the most common problem someone can encounter while heading to university is either too much partying resulting in bad grades, getting kicked out of classes or even school. Nobody wants to re-do classes or an entire year in university. OR. Too much focus on school and grades that one just does not make the time to make any friends or have any funs. Stress is a silent killer. When going to university you MUST find your happy balance in between both, trust me when I say it will make your life way easier!
Your first year at Uni is a whirlwind learning curve that leaves many students dazed and confused. As someone who's been through it all before, let me give you some advice that will stand you in good stead going forward.
So, you're the typical American college student. Full of aspirations and hope for the future, dragging yourself to 8 AM class after partying hard the previous night. And, to put the cherry on top, you've recently had an identity crisis and realized you are transgender. So what do you do now?
The dreaded scholarship essay does not have to be a confusing experience to navigate. Once you understand what exactly scholarship donors are looking for, the process becomes much simpler, even formulaic. With university tuition sometimes reaching $60,000 per semester, it is no wonder scholarships are of such heavy concern to students. Here are things you must include in your scholarship essay if you want a chance at funding your education.
They didn’t tell me who you were. I called all too many times but not a word was replied as to who you were. A storm of anxiety brews in the clouds above with a blurred picture of your face the origin of such evil. No clarity was given. No message was given. Nothing was given.