Truth be told…
When I first enrolled on Warwick’s BA (Hons) Social Studies 2+2 programme, the fact it was a Russell Group university did not cross my mind. In fact, back in 2016, I did not even know what a Russell Group university was! I enrolled because it was close to home. As your earning potential is determined by which university you graduate from, this appears to have been a good choice on my part. Although, most of us mature students on the Social Studies degree are more likely to go into less well-paid public or third sector work, so this doesn’t affect us as much as those studying computing or accounting and finance.
I took a risk enrolling on the course. I was working part-time on minimum wage, so I didn’t really have anything to lose anyway! The student loan provided me with an income more than I was able to earn. Even if and when I pay it back, it will still only be a small amount deducted from my salary each month. I initially didn’t even like the idea of Politics (that was a compulsory module for two years!) and knew nothing about Sociology or Health, Welfare and Social Policy. Social Research sounded interesting, but again I was clueless as to what it all entailed. Nonetheless, I dived right in with an open mind and absolutely loved every module. Yes, even Politics! It gave me a greater understanding of different ideologies and where I sit on the political compass. I especially loved learning about feminism and ecologism and being able to research in depth what we are usually only fed as teeny biased sound bites in the media. University has taught me to be a critical thinker; to not take anything at face value, but to explore and evaluate evidence for myself.
I love Sociology. I am fascinated by people, so it was great to learn more about the study of groups of people in society. The last two years I have also been fortunate enough to study more Psychology based modules such as Mindfulness, Counselling and Coaching, which has inspired my postgraduate studies in Psychology and Coaching. This is something I could not have even imagined 4 years ago.
So, truth be told, I didn’t really have a clue what I was letting myself in for when I started this degree. But for me, it has been a fabulous, sometimes scary and stressful adventure into the world of academia. I have learned so much I can apply in my life, achieved more than I ever thought I was capable of and I am so glad I persevered.
Sometimes in life you have to take a leap of faith, especially if you don’t know where you are going or feel like you are going nowhere. I am glad I leapt four years ago. Now I am getting ready to leap again.
Happy Leaping, wherever it takes you ! : )