I did my undergraduate degree, my Masters degree and now my PhD at York. In all honesty, I originally chose to study here on a bit of a whim. It seems crazy, looking back, but it ended up being the best choice I’d ever made.
When you’re trying to pick which university to go to, you’ll be given lots of advice on how to choose. For me, what really made my mind up was actually visiting the University itself.
The funny thing is, I didn’t originally mean to apply to York at all. I had chosen to apply to four different courses through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and needed a fifth choice. So, I actually added York as a last-minute choice.
Visiting the University and speaking to staff and students helped me to make my mind up. You will often get a gut feeling when you visit different universities – listen to it! I first visited York on a post-offer open day. It seemed like one of the most friendly, welcoming universities that I had visited. Having studied here for many years, I can confirm that yes, it’s really like that.
One of the great things about the University of York is that it combines world-class research with a super friendly atmosphere. If you come and study here (especially if you are doing a PhD at York), you’ll be learning about cutting-edge research from friendly lecturers and students. You’re also actively encouraged to contribute to research projects. You’ll tackle big ideas and think about the world beyond the University.
Besides the academic side of University life, there’s also a time to have fun and meet new people. The University offers so many different opportunities to expand your horizons. You’ll develop your existing skills and learn completely new ones.
During my time at York, I’ve done so many things outside of my studies. Volunteering at local schools, and helping to raise money for local charities. I’ve also organised outreach events for local community groups, worked on a student journal, organised a conference, and more! All of these opportunities have developed personal skills which have put me in good stead for the world of work. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of.
University isn’t always easy, but I’ve found multiple support networks at York They have helped me through the good times and the bad. As a collegiate University, you have support from not just your academic department, but your college too. Particularly as an undergraduate, the college system really helped me to find my place and make friends.
I have no doubt that my time at York has shaped me both personally and academically, and if I had to choose which university to go to all over again, I’d choose York in a heartbeat.
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