From Sixt Form to the University

When I discovered that I got into the University of Westminster, I had a range of emotions. I was excited that I got into University, but I was also disappointed that I didn’t get into my firm choice university. However, since I’ve started University, I am relieved and happy that I’ve come to Westminster university.

Before going to University, I knew it would completely change the Sixth Form College. I stayed in the same college as my secondary school. I had the same friends and teachers for so many years. However, I knew that when I started University, it would be a completely different atmosphere to the one from school.

My school didn’t prepare us for University. The atmosphere between University and the Sixth Form differs a lot. The Sixth Form is strict about attendance, deadlines, and no freedom, whereas with University, you become more independent, and the lecturers and seminar teachers create a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.

I always knew I wanted to go to University and study international relations. My interest initially sparked from the Palestine-Israel conflict and continued with the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Muslims forced into concentration camps in China.

My experience since joining University has been great so far. I thought it would be hard to settle in due to nervousness and anxiety, but it has been easy. Making friends hasn’t been hard, and the seminar classes have helped to get to know new people. Studying international relations has also allowed me to meet people from different parts of the world. The lecturers and seminar teachers create a pleasant atmosphere which makes me feel like it helps me ease into University better.

So far, the first year of University is going well, and I look forward to the rest of the year.

Sumaiya Uddin, Year 1, BA (Hons), International Relations

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