I have always loved studying: it was the one area where I could easily succeed and earn heaps of attention and praise. The idea of being in school forever sounded so idyllic to me. After my BA, I yearned every year to go back for postgraduate studies. But once I started my MA as a … Continue reading You can make it as a mature student
I studied BSc Pharmacology at Newcastle University before coming to York as a mature student. I applied for medicine the first time round, but I didn’t get in so I went with my backup option which was Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University. In my second year there, I specialised in pharmacology. I applied to transfer … Continue reading Applying to University as a Mature Student
Initially I was nervous about moving to a new place and university. I previously struggled to fit in at my last university and I was bullied at school. I would be lying if I said that it was all rainbows and sunshine; it was tough at first, but I’m lucky that finding my place at … Continue reading Finding my place at York
What came before We all remember counting down the months, weeks, days and hours to completing A-Levels and leaving home for the first time. The mixture of excitement and pure fear! We all have many stories from an undergraduate perspective, some people would rather forget! Ah, but a Masters, a Masters is so much more. … Continue reading Life as a postgraduate student. What to expect and how to prepare?
Yes, believe it or not, I am a mature learner – just. I started my course at 22, the youngest you can be to qualify.
I am now in my final year, however, I have tried to fit in an awful lot whilst here! Time has flown and apart from being proud I have made it this far, I am also proud of the extra achievements I have made whilst here. A general week for me is 2/3 days in … Continue reading A week in the life of a Social Policy student
One of the advantages of attending the University of York is that you will be in the heart of one of the UK’s most beautiful and historic cities. Believe it or not, you can explore York by spending very little or nothing at all. If like me, you are always looking for things to do … Continue reading Explore York on a budget…10 fun places to visit!
In my first blog, I mentioned that it is possible for mature students to “join in” and actively participate in university life. Despite balancing my studies, family commitments and other responsibilities, I have still managed to get involved in other non-academic activities. In this blog, I will share my top 5 extracurricular experiences thus far. … Continue reading My top 5 extracurricular experiences as a mature student!
When I began my social work degree, I don’t think I really expected the epic journey of personal growth and development that lay ahead. Social work appealed to me as I am passionate about working with people facing adversity and in need of professional support. At 37 years old, having worked full-time since the age of … Continue reading I’m so glad I took the plunge!….
As a mature Masters Student studying Global Marketing, I considered that doing an internship would be invaluable experience and I was eager to find one. I couldn’t believe how many opportunities there are being a student at the University of York for internships. I took my first internship in January and my second in June. The beauty … Continue reading Spinning Plates – it can be done!