All I knew when school finished is that I wanted to be far away from my small Scottish countryside town and somewhere a lot more lively and vibrant. After receiving 4 As and a C in my Scottish Highers, I applied to Glasgow, St. Andrews, Manchester, Lancaster and finally Newcastle University to study BA (Hons) Geography in 2015. I luckily received three unconditional offers and two with conditions. However, I find it extremely hard to make a choice between them.
I knew St. Andrews was the highest in the University leader board but it is only a small town. I couldn’t see myself there at all. Especially studying human geography which I personally feel is much more interesting in a city environment. Sure, if I was studying physical St. Andrews would have been the perfect option as it is close to nature and the sea. Part of me felt guilty that I didn’t want to go to a top-class university that offered me an unconditional.
I also knew that if I stayed in Scotland I could receive free education, however I wanted to branch out and meet people from all different backgrounds, in a place I had hardly been to before. Having lived part of my life in the South of England, I was drawn to move back across the border.
Also, English universities offer a 3-year course, whilst Scottish universities offer 4 years. And because I was already 19 when I started university, I didn’t want to delay my studies any longer.
I decided to make the decision of which university to pick by how happy I was when I received the offer. This was Newcastle. I was so frilled when I received the offer from Newcastle because I always heard what a fun and student friendly place it was to live. And after not fully enjoying my time at school I decided to put happiness first. I know some people may think that is stupid as I have to pay for my education here, but I honestly could not be happier with my final decision. I am so lucky to have met the nicest people in Newcastle and I love the city as a whole. There is always something going on here, but it isn’t overwhelming or overcrowded.
At the end of the day, Newcastle University is still a Russell Group University which I am so grateful to be attending. Without Newcastle I think it would have taken me a lot longer to have realised my specific academic interests. If you have applied to Newcastle, you will not regret your decision. It really is as fun as they say it is.