By far and away the biggest step I have taken in my life is making the decision to go to university. In September 2018 I will be starting a four year psychology course at my top choice of university, the University of Surrey. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s back track a little to the beginning of the journey, which means getting in our time capsule and going back to 2016 when I first began looking at universities.
Even if you aren’t 100% sure you want to go to university, I highly recommend hopping onto UCAS and having a rummage around all the courses available. By getting a look at everything available, you’re more likely to come across something you want to do, or are interested in. Many of us may be put off the idea of university due to the cost, or because by this point 13 years of education is enough to have driven any of us insane, but you really shouldn’t put off the idea until you’ve had a look. I was on the fence about university (another four years of education? Umm no thanks!) but having explored UCAS, I couldn’t be happier with my choice to apply.
The hardest part of applying is definitely choosing the courses you want to apply to, as there are so many! But, you can apply for up to five, so this leaves room for debate over which ones you want to apply for. Filling out and submitting your application is a doddle, UCAS offer step-by-step videos on how to do this. By this point, it was December 2017, and my application was all sent off. The best advice I can give you is get started on your application early, and do as many drafts as possible of your personal statement; it’s the key element to your application. Again, UCAS and The Student Room offer brilliant advice on writing the perfect personal statement.
Then, I’m afraid it’s just a waiting game!
The sooner you send off your application, the earlier you are likely to hear back from the universities on whether they want to offer you a place. However, don’t rush your application for this sake! Take your time, get it right, and don’t give up hope!