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Emma – Bishop Grosseteste

Emma Stanbridge
Emma Stanbridge, 20

Emma is currently studying English Literature at Bishop Grosseteste University. She felt that by attending university open days she was able decide which university would make her feel the most at home. 

What research did you carry out to help you choose which universities to apply to?

I began researching online which universities I could study Literature at.

After looking at different university websites, I considered the entry requirements at the respective universities, and what would be achievable for me. I then visited the universities that appealed to me the most on open days. After visiting BGU on an open day, it was an easy choice for me to make!

Where did you go for help and support throughout the application process?

My sixth form was very helpful in supporting me through the application process, particularly when writing the personal statement. My friends were also supportive as many of them were going through the application process too – we shared advice and gave each other support, which was really helpful. I would also recommend, if possible, asking advice from someone who has already been through the university application process.

Which factors made you finally settle on your chosen course and university?

I chose the English course at BGU because of the broad range and variety of modules. The main factor that contributed to my decision to apply to BGU was the friendly, and community feel of the campus.

Did you go to an open day?

Yes. I would recommend going on open days to get a feel for the campuses and university environment. This also allows you to compare universities and find one that is right for you.

Did you find a place to live easily?

Yes. In my first year, I lived in halls on campus at BGU. In my second year, I moved into a house with two of my friends that I met in halls. There is a lot of student accommodation in Lincoln, and most are just a short walk from BGU. The accommodation services at BGU were also particularly helpful in the transition of moving from halls into a house.

How has your time at university been? Has it delivered what you were looking for and are you happy?

So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at university. I feel it has really helped to develop not only my academic ability, but it has also changed me as a person, as my self-belief and confidence have increased immensely. BGU has exceeded my expectations, and I wouldn’t choose to study English Literature anywhere else!

How has the university supported or changed your career ambitions?

The university has been supportive of my career ambition to teach English and there are opportunities to undertake work placements, which will help develop my employability and professional skills.

What advice would you give to others who are starting to go through the same process?

It can seem like a very daunting process, but don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, particularly from your teachers and from the university that you want to apply to.