Reflections on my Degree
This academic year has flown by and I can now officially say that I’ve completed all my assessed work, all I have to do now is wait for my marks, for the exam board to confirm them before I graduate. I applied for a few jobs last week with Unitemps (Warwick’s temping agency). I had a job interview this morning and got offered the job whilst in the interview; I start tomorrow morning! So, for this blog I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my four years on the 2+2 degree, since I’ll be graduating in July.
I can’t begin to tell you how quickly four years have gone, my daughter was only 6 months old when I started and she’s off to primary school in September. I still remember my first day like it was yesterday… The excitement of starting something new, the fear of not knowing if I would be able to do it or who I would meet and whether we would get on and wondering what the lectures would be like. All of which I can say where absolutely fine and I met some great people on the course too! I also remember the exams that first year and the sheer dread of having to pass them to get onto the second year. Let me just say now, there is absolutely nothing to worry about; they weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be and I passed. Looking back every year has gone quicker, this last year has felt like I’ve blinked and it’s all over. One thing I can say is that there will be times of highs and lows, during those low times I found that surrounding myself with my family and friends has kept be going. If it weren’t for my husband I probably would have given up last year. Thankfully I didn’t and it won’t be long till I graduate.
For those people who may be thinking about the gateway programme or a degree make use of the support on offer to you. The support from the Centre for Lifelong Learning and various other departments across the university has been crucial. One thing I would say is that if you ever need help, support or advice contact the relevant department at the uni, as with the right support you can achieve your degree. The study skills sessions that CLL run are a great way to get some extra help. If you have any disability at all contact the disabilities department. I found out I was dyslexic just after starting my degree and I’ve had support all the way through my degree.
Personally, I haven’t had much chance to get involved with the student lifestyle, due to family commitments, but there is so much you can get involved with if you wish to. If you need some part time work during your study Unitemps offers a wide range of temporary jobs, which are always handy and most of them are on campus. I’ve found it really handy during the summer periods when you don’t get any student finance. I can honestly say that I have loved the chance to do this degree and to be able to shape my new career. It is hard work and you do need to be determined and organised, however all that hard work will pay off.