Archive for the ‘Going to University’ Category

How To Do An Arts Degree And Not Wind Up In Hospitality

How To Do An Arts Degree And Not Wind Up In Hospitality

Q: What does an arts student say when they graduate from their degree? A: Would you like fries with that? Are you laughing? No, neither was I. For many arts graduates though, the harsh reality is that their course hasn’t given them any skills that will help get them “A Real Job”. As much as [...]

5 Reasons Why You Need to Go to University Open Days

5 Reasons Why You Need to Go to University Open Days

Once a year, universities open their doors to thousands of eager year 12 students.  Unfortunately, it also comes at a generally stressful time in the life of a year 12 student; exams aren’t too far away and of course there are all the university, accommodation and scholarship applications to complete.  In the information age, it’s [...]

How to make the most of University Information and Open Days

How to make the most of University Information and Open Days

Ever considered attending a university information or open day? Brendan Wong shares a few tips on how you can make the most of these days

University: a means to get a career or to study your passion?

University: a means to get a career or to study your passion?

Imagine this, you’re at a party and someone has just asked you what you’re studying at university. You tell them, slightly grimacing as their face goes blank. You brace yourself, as this happens often, for their scoffing response: “Right, so… What kind of job will you get at the end of THAT degree? It is [...]

Student unions, why join them?

Student unions, why join them?

No doubt you will all get those emails at the start of a new academic year asking you whether you had thought about joining your student union, and probably like most people, you will skip over them without giving them a second thought. But wait, before you hit that delete button, ask yourself, what is [...]

Taking a Gap Year: Coral Spot

Taking a Gap Year: Coral Spot

When I arrive in Mexico on the GVI conservation project, I was allocated to learn 50 odd species of coral. I had the coral book and a good memory, I mean, how hard could it be? Hard. It took me 4 tries and hours of study to finally pass the coral test, and once that [...]

Taking a Gap Year: Mexican Memories

Taking a Gap Year: Mexican Memories

When I told people I was going to learn how to dive and collect coral and fish data off the Yucatan on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, everyone would always oh and ah. I would shrug, diving can’t be that good, right? Wrong. It can. In fact, its my favourite activity in the world. When [...]

Taking a Gap Year: Seeing Kids be Children

Taking a Gap Year: Seeing Kids be Children

Friday is art day in GVI’s school in Santa Maria, Guatemala. Art day means smiles and mess. Glue, glitter, paper, paint, everywhere. Earlier that week I was building a stove in the home of one of the girls in Clase Uno. But as a stove building I only spend my lunchtime at school, and don’t [...]

My 2nd Gap Year with GVI

My 2nd Gap Year with GVI

September 2010. Its raining and I’m on the train to class, and as usual, I’m running late. I get a text from a friend. “You’ve won!” What? I won? No way! I stop myself from kissing the little old lady next to me. Best. Day. Ever. What had I won? A year of volunteer placement [...]

The Importance of Taking a Gap Year (From a Student’s Perspective)

The Importance of Taking a Gap Year (From a Student’s Perspective)

January 2006. Somerset England. I’m 17 years old. Its raining, and I’m crying. I’m on the phone to my Dad trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life. It was that time of year. UCAS had opened and I was due to enter my university applications. I was prepped to be [...]