Liz Wright

A Student's Diary – Applying to University


Deadlines and Decisions

It’s January, the final countdown to the end of your sixth form/college career has begun. And what an emotional rollercoaster it’s been – well, for me anyway.

January also brings with it the deadline for UCAS applications, so if, like my cousin Holly, you haven’t applied yet, you really ought to get on with it – here's some last minute tips

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Firm, insurance or decline?

For those who have already applied and received offers (and if you’re lucky, unconditional offers) you’re probably starting to think more seriously about which university to put as your first choice and which to put as your insurance, and even if you can’t reply to offers yet it's time to start  thinking about what you'll decide. 

To give you an idea of what to think about here's how I settled on my 2 choices, and some pros and cons:

In the top spot is the University of York.

  • Not only is it one of the top universities in the country (Noted author Gervase Phinn has suggested that it is harder to get into the universities of York and Nottingham than it is to get in to Oxford or Cambridge) but it’s also got a beautiful campus just outside a picturesque city (where I can live out my landscape photography dreams)
  • But what gave it the advantage for me was the collegiate system of accommodation, and a fabulous presentation by the Student Union on the Open Day.

University number 2 (aka the insurance choice) is the University of Hull.

  • Partly because the course I applied for is Philosophy and Creative Writing which really appeals to me; but what really gave Hull the advantage was the friendly and welcoming atmosphere on the open day.

The most important thing for me is that I know I will be happy whether I end up at York or Hull, it’s the next three years of my life and I don’t want to waste it.

So there you have it. I hope my words provide you with some inspiration for the coming months – you'll need it.