Posted by sthomas on February 7, 2017 9:28 pm

Choosing a course is one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make when completing your University application. This is because each course within the subject area may have a different course title and the course content varies greatly across different universities.

When I was looking into what course I wanted to do I used the Which University website and used their search feature which allows you to search using keywords, for me I searched for courses relating to web design. From the results I then compared the course content which I found through the specific university websites. After narrowing down the search I applied to three courses which fitted in with what I wanted to do.

Choosing a course how I made my decision (resized)

After applying I signed up to Open Days and Applicant Days to get a better insight into the what the course content had to offers, what the tutors were like and what the university was like as a whole.

When thinking back to the time I was making decision of which course I wanted to do a lot of what influenced my decision was what modules I’d be studying across the 3 years. I wanted a variety of design and code modules to give me a wider overall knowledge of web design. My parents also helped my decision. My Dad took me to various different university Open Days and my Mum helped me with making pros and cons lists of the courses I was considering.

When coming to my final decision I took everything into consideration, from the course content to the actual surrounding areas of where the university was located. Doing this gave me a better idea of where I actually wanted to study for the next 3 years whilst doing a course relating to the web design industry.

Now that I’m half-way through my second year of the course I really feel that I made the right decision as I’m learning a variety of coding languages and gaining a vast amount of design knowledge.

If you have any questions about choosing a course feel free to comment them below.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on January 2, 2017 2:50 pm

In today’s blog post I’m flipping the coin again and finding out what my dad thought about me going to University. I called him and asked 8 questions on the topic of universities, open days and accommodation.

Sophie: Hi Dad, thanks for taking the time to do this quick interview. Firstly, how did you feel about me going to University?

Dad: Predominantly proud and a little bit surprised as you hadn’t been thinking about going for the most part.

Sophie: What information did you want to know about the Universities I was applying to?

Dad: I wanted to find out the pretty much the same information as you. The most important thing was if the course content was suitable, enjoyable and that there wasn’t any Maths or a big emphasis on Maths. From a parent point of view I wanted to know how safe and secure the University and from an academic point of view how much support is given to the students.

Sophie: How did you support me in choosing my course and University?

Dad: To support you with choosing the course and University I took you to open days which allowed you to look around and gain more information about the course you’ll be studying for the next 3 to 4 years. Whilst at these open days I tried to get you to engage in conversation with current students and lecturers to find out more about the way in which the course is taught. Finally, I sat down with you after attending an open day to grasp an idea of what you thought about that course and University.

Sophie: What information did you most want to know when attending an open day with me?

Dad: When attending an open day with you I wanted to make sure that the course content was suitable and to see what the general feel of the University was. As well as this, I wanted to see what the surrounding areas and accommodation was like.

Sophie: What were your thoughts on how the University of Huddersfield Open Day we attended was run?

Dad: From what I remember I feel as though it was run really well. The information given was useful and they were excellent at selling the placement year and their own placement team as well as the course as a whole. I also found the student ambassadors really helpful in answering questions and finding out about other accommodation in Huddersfield that is closer to the University.

University of Huddersfield

Sophie: What information did you most want to know about the student accommodation?

Dad: In terms of accommodation, I wanted to know how close it was to the University and local amenities. I also wanted to make sure that the place you’ll be living in was secure and that there was someone on site 24/7 just in case of an emergency. As well as this, I wanted to find out what facilities were available for you to use, the price and contract length.

Sophie: Now that I have been away at university for over a year do you feel that it has been beneficial for me?

 

Dad: I do believe so as you’ve certainly come out of your shell and have been more social than I’ve seen you be. You also seem to have adapted to the work load as you won an award at the end of last year.

Sophie: Before I end, is there anything you’d like to add?

Dad: “From my point of view, you have really settled in well. Huddersfield and you have undoubtedly been a good fit. After speaking with your lectures at the end of year awards they all spoke highly of you which reassures me that you going to University was the right decision for you.

Before I end this post I want to say a final thank you to my Dad for taking the time out to answer these questions. I hope this helps a few of you who are looking into university.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet me @sthomasuk. Remember to use the hashtag #hudunilife!

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on November 26, 2016 2:00 pm

In today’s blog post I am flipping the coin and instead of sharing my university experiences I am finding out what my mum thought about me heading off to University. To find this out I gave her a call and asked her 8 questions regarding everything from what she wanted to know about the universities, open days and accommodation.

Sophie: “Hi Mum. Thank you for taking the time to do this short interview. Firstly, how did you feel about me going to University?”

Mum: “I was very excited and happy for you to be experiencing independence and new social opportunities.”

Sophie: “What information did you want to know about the Universities I was applying to?”

Mum: “I wanted to know if the course provided you with the skills and knowledge you needed to gain the right qualification that would allow you to get a well-paid job in the sector you want to go into.”

Sophie: “How did you support me in choosing my course and University?”

Mum: “I supported you by helping you make pros and cons lists of all the universities you had applied for. This allowed you to see which university was right for you in terms of the course, accommodation and what’s in the surrounding areas.”

Sophie: “What information did you most want to know when attending an open day with me?”

Mum: “When attending an open day I wanted to know how well the university organised the course and what facilities they provided for you to use when studying there. I also wanted to get a general feel of the university and see how clean the university was as I am very OCD. Finally, I wanted to see the location of the university in comparison to the student accommodation you might have stayed at.”

Sophie: “What were your thoughts on how the University of Huddersfield Open Day we attended was run?

Mum: “I felt that both the staff and students there was extremely friendly. They were all helpful and were able to answer all of our questions which helped in informing you of what course would be best for the career you want to go into. I also found the tours were very well run and the level of information was beneficial in making an informed decision on which university you should go to.”

Sophie: “What information did you most what to know about the student accommodation?”

Mum: “I wanted to make sure the accommodation provided a home from home environment with 24-hour security on site in case anything went wrong. Another big thing I wanted to find out was what facilities were on site and whether they were all in working order as well as it all being kept clean and tidy. In addition to this I wanted to make sure the flat came with a self-contained bathroom.”

Sophie: “Now that I have been away at university for over a year, do you feel that it has been beneficial for me?

Mum: “I definitely think going to university has been beneficial for you as you’ve become more confident in all aspect of your life including money management, being able to live with different kinds of people, making friends and joining clubs. You also seem a more self-aware and happy.”

Sophie: “Before I end, is there anything you’d like to add?”

Mum: “I think the process of choosing a University for you was very stress-free due to the mass of information online and the use of open days. Having these open days allowed us both to see the University campus, student accommodation and the surrounding area which was useful when making the final decision of what University you wanted to go to.”

Before I end this post I want to say a final thank you to my Mum for taking the time out to answer these questions. I hope this helps a few of you who are looking into university.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet me @sthomasuk. Remember to use the hashtag #HudLife!

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on November 11, 2016 11:40 am

Choosing a course can be daunting. It’s something that you’ll be doing for at least the next three years of your life and therefore is a very important decision which requires a lot of time researching into what you actually want to do and looking at the variety of courses available.

So where do I start?

The first place to start is to decide what you want to do. I was very much interested in Web Design and wanted to become a Web Designer. Knowing this helps in searching for courses as you can use this as a keyword.

Once you’ve thought about what you want to do you can start looking at what courses are out there. A fantastic website that I used in my course search was Which University. I would recommend using this website as it allows you to search using keywords. When I was looking I typed in ‘web design’. This brought up many different universities that offered a course in Web Design. From there I looked at the ones that interested me in more detail and kept a note of them.

What do I do next?

After researching the courses online and reading the course content on the specific University website, a good idea is to visit the University in person and find out more about the course from the tutors which will be teaching the course and to talk to the students that already study there. You can visit Universities either on an Open Day or if you’ve already submitted your UCAS application and have been given a conditional place you can visit on an Applicant Visit Day.

The final step

The last part of the application process is choosing a course and submitting your UCAS application. This part is all in your hands and that is the final and one of the biggest decisions is choosing your first choice of University and course. I personally, found this decision very difficult but after weighing up the pro and cons of each I made the decision to come here to the University of Huddersfield. I decided on Huddersfield because the modules sounded interesting and they sounded like something I’d want to learn. The facilities they provided were good and I really liked the idea of having a placement year.

Whether you decide on coming to the University of Huddersfield or not I hope you all find the right course for you and enjoy your time at university!

If you have any questions about choosing a course or the University of Huddersfield feel free to leave them in the comment below.

Posted by sthomas on March 7, 2016 10:54 am

As I have mentioned in previous posts I never intended to come to University but applied to keep my options open. Although I’m not 100% sure on the specific job role I want to go into, I did know from starting college that it was in the IT industry and towards the end of my two year course , it was the web design industry I preferred. So when applying for universities I looked into courses relating to web design.

When looking for courses and universities I used Which University to look into courses that were related to web design. After finding several universities I went over to their websites to look into more detail about what each course entailed. After doing this, I applied to three Universities; Teesside, UCLAN and Huddersfield. After I had submitted my UCAS application, I decided that to help make my decision on which to put as my first choice, I would attend an Open Day for each University.

After reviewing the notes I had taken down on the open days and looking at the course content I made my decision on which university I wanted to go to. I choose Huddersfield because I liked the sound of the modules, the idea of a placement year and the facilities they provide. I also liked the location as a whole.

When choosing your course my tip would be to look at as many courses and universities to gather as much information as possible. I would also advise you attend open days and take notes while you are there. I wrote a blog post about why you should attend an open day a few months back. Read it here: http://blogs.hud.ac.uk/students/myuni/sophie-thomas/2015/12/15/attend-open-day/.

Have any questions about courses at Huddersfield University feel free to get in touch via the comments box below?

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on January 13, 2016 11:26 am

My journey to university was a little unexpected I suppose, due to myself having no intentions of going. However, like most journeys it starts somewhere and this one was at college in October/November time when I began to fill out my UCAS application…

Filling out the UCAS application is now a little blurred for me as it was over a year ago but from what I do remember it wasn’t too hard to complete. It mainly required me entering what course I was studying and what grades I got in my GCSE’s. I found writing my personal statement the hardest part as it is all about writing about yourself in a positive way.

As I didn’t have any intention of going to university I never really looked into what universities I should attend before filling out my UCAS application. In fact, I didn’t look around any of them until I submitted my UCAS application (!). Although this probably wasn’t the best way to go about it, I felt that there was enough information online to help me make my decision.

Once I filled out and submitted my UCAS application, it was just a waiting game really until I got a message to say I had either got a place, a conditional place or didn’t get place at all. And even then after getting your offers, you have to wait until the summer to find out if you have been fully accepted.

After receiving all my offers, which was around the end of January, I had to make the hardest decision so far which was which university I wanted to put as my first choice.

To help make this decision, I decided to attend some Open Days. The events were really informative and really helped me decide which university I could see myself studying at and which place I could see myself living in. For me, Huddersfield came out on top of both points and I made Huddersfield university my first choice.

The next stage was to choose where I was going to live in Huddersfield. I based my choice on what I saw when I when to the Open Day and I decided to live at Aspley House. I chose to live here because it was close to the university, the shops and had it had plenty of facilities. You can read more about choosing your accommodation in a blog post I wrote titled Choosing Accommodation.

Fast forward a few months and college was finished. I got my confirmed place at Huddersfield quite quickly compared to my friends because my college course was a BTEC. Once I received my offer it was a case of getting ready to move in September.

This brings me to moving in day which is where the journey of getting to university ended. However, when one journey ends another begins and for me that is being a university student.

Looking back, the journey to university was quite stressful as there were many huge decision to make but I do feel that I have made the right decision as I am very happy with both the University and accommodation I choose.

How is your journey of coming to university going? If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.

– Sophie :)

Posted by sthomas on December 15, 2015 2:43 pm

You will properly hear me say this a lot but deciding to go to University is a huge decision to make and deciding which University to go to is an even bigger one. Once you have made the decision to go to University you then have find the right University for you in terms of the course and location because there is no point in the course being right if you are going to hate living there and vice versa.

There is a way to gather loads of information about the different Universities and it also gives you an insight into the Uni itself, the course and the location surrounding the University. Yes you guessed it, Universities hold Open Days throughout the year to allow you to look round the University.

University of Huddersfield

The only drawback to an Open Day is that you will have to travel to get there. However, this will all be worth it as you will be spending most of the day at the University finding out what course you will be doing and where you could be living for the next 3 to 4 years.

What an Open Day does best is that is provides you with so much to do throughout the day; with talks from lecturers, workshops based around your course, tours around the campus, an insight into where you could be staying and of course student helpers on hand to answer any of your questions.

When I was looking at what University I wanted to attend I went to three Open Days. Going to those Open Days really did help me make my decision. Now that I am here at Huddersfield University I can honestly say that I did make the right decision because I am enjoying my course and I love the University and location surrounding the Uni.

University of Huddersfield   Open Day at HUD Uni

Open Day at HUD Uni  Open Day Duck

The biggest tip I can give to you when attending an Open Day is to make notes throughout the day because trust me you might forget somethings that was said, not because it was irrelevant but because it is such a busy day and for some it can be very overwhelming.

Still not convinced? I asked some current students why they attended an Open Day and what they gained from going. Check out what they said in the video below.

I hope that as many of you can attend an Open Day provided by the Universities as they are a huge help and if you cannot don’t worry there are plenty of information about the Universities online.

Have any of your own tips you’d like to share about attending an Open Day? Then let us know in the comments box below.

To book onto a University of Huddersfield Open Day, visit: http://www.hud.ac.uk/open-days/

– Sophie :)