Sophie – Bishop Grosseteste

Sophie Lounds
Sophie Lounds, 19

19 year old Sophie studying Education Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University. She found that you're never alone in the application process – school tutors and staff at universities are usually more than helpful.

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

I looked for universities with entry requirements that were similar to my predicted grades, and universities that my school tutor recommended that I should look at.

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

I asked my school tutor for a lot of help during the application process, however I also came to BGU and went to the applicant centre for help with filling out some of the necessary forms I needed for my university course.

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

The friendly atmosphere and the fact it was a smaller university compared to all the other universities that I was looking at. I had previously been to Lincoln so I had a rough idea of where things were, so it wasn’t completely new to me.

Did you go to an open day?

Yes, I went to several open days so I knew exactly where things were, and I got to speak to many people about the course.

Did you find a place to live easily?

I didn’t book accommodation before I came but the accommodation officer sorted somewhere for me to live very quickly and easily, meaning that I wasn’t stressing about where I was going to live.

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

I’m very happy at university. I have more independence and I enjoy going home for short periods of time. I have met so many different people at university who I probably wouldn’t have spoken to before. University is everything that I could have hoped for it to be.

How has the university supported or changed your career ambitions?

My course is very specific to my career choice, and my placement helps me gain experience and references.

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

I would tell them to definitely apply to university. Yes, it can be stressful, but it's definitely the best thing that I’ve ever done. It's an opportunity not to be missed.