Reflecting on My Degree: Part 1 – OurWarwick

Reflecting on My Degree: Part 1

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

Hi everyone,

I hope that you’re all doing well!

Believe it or not, I had the last seminar of my degree this afternoon. After three years, it’s nearly all over. I still have some assignments left to submit (including my dissertation), but I have no more teaching. Today’s blog post is going to be made up of two parts. The first will be a reflection on 1st and 2nd Year, the second will reflect on 3rd Year and look to the future.

A Level Results Day 2018 was honestly one of the best days of my life so far. I still have the screenshot of the UCAS website that said I was going to Warwick and look at it every time university gets a little hard. I worked so hard to earn my place and it’s this thought that keeps me going. 

When I first arrived at Warwick, I was nervous. I’m a pretty outgoing person, but this was a completely new environment for me. Not only did I have the normal concerns that everyone has, the fact that I have Cerebral Palsy and use a wheelchair added an extra layer of anxiety. Even though everyone in the Film and TV department went out of their way to make me feel welcome, it took about a term for me to feel completely confident and at home.

After I had settled in, I loved 1st Year. It was great to be able to experiment in my essays without worrying how the outcome would affect my grades. It was also fantastic to be able to spend so much time with likeminded people. I felt as though I’d finally found my tribe.

2nd Year was equally as wonderful, although I did feel a greater amount of pressure. Knowing that every grade contributes to your final degree classification is scary and I did have a wobble or two. Nevertheless, I picked my self up, dusted my self off and carried on. I couldn’t have done this without the help of the department, so for that I’ll always be grateful.

I also couldn’t have got to the end of my degree without the help of my friends. I say this all the time, but I mean it wholeheartedly, the Film and TV department really feels like a family. The group chat for my year has been a lifesaver at times and we’re always there to pick each other up when we’re down. I love everyone so much!

I think 2nd Year was the year that solidified the fact that I want to study Film and TV for the rest of my life.


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

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