Pete is 25 years old and decided to get involved with Student Life as he is keen to share his own stories and thoughts to help and inform others, sharing experiences is a great learning tool in life.
Going to University is a big lifestyle change no matter what your age, I started my studies when I was 23, which may not seem very old, but after working full time for five years before that and being on the verge of settling down with a mortgage, lectures and student accommodation was a big shock. I had a role in Human Resources which I loved but I wanted to do more and as I am not naturally academic I knew Open University or part-time studying wouldn’t suit me. I was not very focused on my A-levels yet still managed to pass, at 18 there was no way I wanted to do a degree, I didn’t have one passion or a certain career path I wanted to follow so didn’t see the benefit for me.
Between 18 and 23 I gained great life experience, both through work and my personal life, as deep as it sounds I grew as a person, found out what I liked and didn’t like and what I was good at and see where I could succeed. I was anxious of course, about moving to a new town where I knew no one and going back into education after a 5 year break but I knew it was the right thing to do. I was moving into Athena Hall and was concerned I would be ‘too old’ for student accommodation, I was very wrong. I have lived with and met some great friends in Athena and at UOS and surprisingly more people seem to be in their 20s like me rather than fresh out of college or Sixth Form.
I study full time so couldn’t carry out my HR role but was lucky enough to gain a part time position in the Contracts team of the same organisation which allows me to develop my professional and academic knowledge at the same time. I am about to start my last year of my Degree and I am so glad I chose this path and at the age I did too, never let your age stop you doing something, especially undertaking study, it’s just a number after all!