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Before starting university, I was very excited. I think the opportunity to be independent and take life into my own hands was very appealing to me, which fuelled the excitement. I was also very cautious and focused due to being the very first member of my family to go to university, and also not knowing anyone at the university or city I was going to attend.
My experience of university so far has been mixed due to the pandemic but I have very much enjoyed meeting new people and learning about new things, not only within my course but about life, also slowly finding and learning about myself. The many opportunities that have arisen have been amazing.
There have also been some challenging times. Loughborough is a top five uni and it really pushes and tests students, but all for their greater good. There have also been some emotional challenges that I know a lot of students go through, but it’s key to have the right people around you to support.
How did Future Quest help?
Future Quest was a great opportunity that laid a path to where I am now. Without the help and guidance of the Future Quest team, I don’t think I would be where I am today. They played many roles within my journey such as motivators and teachers, but the most important was the mentor role, guiding me with time management, personal statements, and communication with universities. The visits and activities allowed me to get a feel for the university lifestyle, there were workshops and internships opportunities with corporate companies, and help to strengthen my personal statement and key skills.
It was all amazing and I am honoured and proud to have shared this journey with them.
My three top tips for thriving at university
- Understand and accept that you will fall several times – it’s not a walk in the park, it is difficult, but focus on the ‘why’ of your journey to help you back up every time you fall.
- Make friends – people that you will forever be able to grow with, in and out of university.
- Take the opportunity to learn about yourself – try to leave not just with a degree, but with much, much more.