So far, university has been exactly what I was expecting and more. Like most people, I went into it with the terrified mindset of ‘I’m not going to make any friends,’ and yet within the first week I already had a small group of girls I was happy to call my friends. University of Surrey played a huge role in this, as during Freshers’ week they co-ordinated plenty of orientation activities to get us working together and meeting new people; and that’s where I met my Dynamite Girls (long story, don’t ask!)
Thankfully, my course only has around 11-13 contact hours a week, so I always have plenty of time on my hands to explore the area, as well as keeping on top of work. First essay didn’t go exactly to plan, but it’s all a learning curve, and a good starting point.
Guildford is great in terms of its access to wider areas, which is something I recommend considering when you choose your university if you’re someone who likes to travel around, or gets bored of the same scene quite easily. Heathrow and Gatwick Airport are less than a 45 minute drive away each, Guildford has a decent sized train station with frequent trains into London, around every 10 minutes, and bus and coach routes that go further out into the wider Surrey and Sussex area. So far, I’ve ventured no further out than Sutton, but even that has been a refreshing break from Guildford. Not to say the area isn’t beautiful, but we all get bored of the same pretty place after a while.
Another thing I’ve noticed since getting here that I didn’t necessarily consider before applying is how beautiful the campus is. Sure, I knew the accommodation was nice and there is a gorgeous lake surrounded by beautiful foliage, but I never considered the impact this would have on my experience. When I have an hour to spare between lectures, I love to go and read down by the lake, and I’m pretty sure that’s what keeps me sane in-between all the textbooks!