Student Journeys

My Journey to Higher Education, Politics and Vision.

When I first approached the University, it came across as a place that cares for its students. From the way I contacted the University, they treated me with respect. Both the admin and the academic staff showed that they care and support their students as many ways as possible, which is quite rare these days.

My experience in the last 6 weeks so far at this University has been excellent. My lecturers are openly interested in me as a person, not just a student that they teach. This is important because it helps me look at my education differently and encourages me to push harder and enjoy my University life.

Since the orientation week, I have met and made many friends, they have a range of views, but all my close friends have similar opinions to me.

In the next three months, I hope to be a lot more clued up in politics than I currently am, and I must have new perspectives on different ideologies, concepts, theories and how they relate to each other.

When I finish my degree, I would like to work in politics, work for a Member of Parliament or become one myself. I know it is a long way but, that is my goal.

My college experience was okay; I had ups and downs. Sometimes, I did not focus because I genuinely wanted to study politics but not the subject I learned there. However, I am now in the right place and determine to do well.

What intrigues me about politics is that sometimes parliamentary bills can affect so many people’s lives. I have grown with these things, and I want to discover more. Once I complete my degree and start working, I want to help ordinary people to overcome their problems.

I have been to Parliament on many occasions. I would skip college and come to London to watch Prime Minister’s Question Time. I have met many members of Parliament, although I am not able to name all of them. Meeting MPs can be a thrilling and disappointing experience; one may over anticipate their characters and personalities because of their TV appearances. However, meeting Jeremy Corbyn and Dawn Butler was the most exciting experience because they are very genuine and were excited to see me too!

I hope to see more representation of ethnic minorities and more collective action than party conflict. This is very important for those on the margin of our society because if minorities feel oppressed by the system, they will become disillusioned with the political parties.

There are, however, individuals who work within the system and struggle to bring positive changes. Hopefully this encourages others to get involved or take an interest in politics.

Wanya Whyne, Year 1, BA (Hons) Politics. 

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