DROPPING BACK INTO UNIVERSITY
Whether you've dropped out of your course or whether your thinking of changing Universities, it can be quite challenging to find your way to an institute and course that suites your needs. There isnt that much information out there on the steps you must take.
This article is written to share my experience with dropping out and tips on how I finally found my way back into education.
This is my story:
I started off doing a BA degree in International Business with Arabic. After starting the course I realised that I had made a huge mistake. Everyone in the course seemed to be enjoying what they were studying except me. I found that I didnt have any passion in what I was doing. Giving it time to see if things would change, I decided to withdraw after two months. So what did I do wrong?
- I didnt attend open days to see the campus and meet the people
- I hadnt looked into the course modules more in depth and compared to others
- I had chosen a course which my family would approve instead of what I was trully interested in
- I hadnt done enough Research
So these are things I needed to correct before starting over. The first step I took was to know 2 deadlines:
- The Ucas application deadline
- The Fee payment deadline
By withdrawing before the Fee payment deadline it excused me from paying fees for that year, this would be a month or two into the first semester. I went to see my college tutor who informed me of the Ucas deadline. I had to start my Ucas application from scratch so she assisted me in gaining all my references and relevant documents again.
I had to think hard about what I wanted to do, this time considering my own interests NOT my familys. I went to the library and looked at career related books and also went to speak to a connexions adviser. I realised that I wanted to study Public Relations, mainly because I had always been interested in the media, PR was a growing industry within it, it was broad in terms of the different areas that one could get invloved in and held high prospects for those who studied and practised it.
One decision I had to make was whether I wanted to start in late January (which was sooner) or in September. If I had chosen to start in January it would have limited my choice of universities because only a few universties have the option, so instead I looked at courses starting in september and decided to work for the time inbetween so I could save for the coming year.
I finally ended up doing Public Relations at The University of Westminster.
Reasons why I chose this institute:
- I went to an open day and got to look at the campus, I found myself liking the brand new facilities and the prosfessional atmosphere.
- It is located within London which is known to be a city of oppotunities, not only for work experience but also part time jobs. The entertainment and night life and the commuting distance from my home.
- The course offered an oppotunity to go abroad in the second year as part of an exchange programme, the University has patners in countries across the world, some offered are: USA, Hong Kong, Australia, France, Spain, Japan ect.
- The teachers are profesionals with successful careers within the industry they are teaching
- It is one of the top rated universities for media related subjects
- The have a variety of soceities and activities such as : religious societies, bellydance, basketball, drama club, cheerleading ect.
- The course was assessed by coursework only, no exams.
These are a few of the reasons and they were found from comparing with other Universities I was interested in and background research on the University.
I hope this personal experience will prove useful for those in a similar position. If your interested in this course at this Uni, check out this website made by the actual students: www.westminsterpr.110mb.com