Saturday, 27 July 2013

Thoughts on university.

It seems like every time I refresh bloglovin', another Graduation post is live. Despite not graduating for another year or two (I'll explain that a bit later), it has got me thinking...

I have recently finished my first year of Publishing at Bath Spa University. It's a two year foundation course, but I have the opportunity to progress to third year which will make it a fully fledged degree. Honestly, I love my course. To think that I picked it because I thought Bath would be close to where I would be moving to (it isn't) and because I like reading, is quite mesmerising to even myself. At school or college I had no intention of doing a publishing degree - I didn't even know such a degree existed. I feel very lucky to have literally picked this course on a whim and to find it so rewarding. Enough of the gushing, you'll end up thinking they've paid me to write this.

Taken from the University website.

I finished my first year with a 2:1 overall. I have had some work published, and I have dealt with a lot more than I expected. I study quite a lot of visual design, and I had to create a website from scratch, which in turn made me start blogging. I never expected any of that, as I thought I would mostly be learning how to, well, publish books. Apparently there is more of that in the second year ;) Joking aside, I feel like I have learnt quite a lot already, and it makes me feel a bit sad when I hear people say "Well done, but you know your first year doesn't really count towards your degree, right?" Actually, yes it does. As I mentioned, my course is a foundation degree course. This means both of my years will be considered before I am even offered the opportunity to take a third year.  

I also became a Student Rep as I didn't think juggling being a student and a parent was enough on its own - ha! I actually surprised myself by going forward for this role, as I would say I am quite shy. No one who has ever met me has said that I am shy, but there we go. I get on easily with others and I thought that was mostly key. As I had had a bad experience at another university, I wanted to be able to voice my opinion, as well as the opinions of my peers. Also, as I live quite far from my campus and uni friends, I thought this role would allow me to play a bigger role in getting to know the people on my course. I'm really glad I did this, and I hope to continue next year. 

Sometimes I get a bit angry with the government and their treatment on students/parents/anyone earning less than £36,000pa and feel like packing the whole thing in. I should 'get a real job' and not waste my time on the insult that is Student Finance England. However, I genuinely believe that one factor that has stopped me doing this is my tutors. My personal tutor is hilarious and reminds me a lot of myself (poor woman) as she loves Pointless, Manic Street Preachers and cake. What more do you need? She is always on the other end of an email or tweet, and I guess that is why we crowned her Best Tutor Ever  2k13 and gave her a nice mug. Next year, I might even get a lesson or two with her and I can see whether or not she really is this impressive all the time.

My copywriting lecturer was the boss (or something) of The Smiths fan club, has worked as editor for The Big Issue, which tries to help the homeless, and has wrote a few books. My visual design lecturer is so, so lovely that you cannot help but do your best for her. Seriously, we were all worried that we would get the "I'm not angry, just disappointed" talk, and this really inspired us to get our sh*t together. All three have understood that I have nightmare train delays, and a troublesome toddler, and really help me get through the day. I love going in to uni as it means I get to chat to these three people about Morrissey/my dog/dressing Dylan up as the Gruffalo and get to call it work. 

Having such a diverse range of subjects falling under the Publishing umbrella, I really have no idea what sector I would like to find myself in. I'm not a huge fan of ebooks but I am interested in how they will continue to develop. I find it frustrating that I don't have the ability to do what I'd like with design, but this is simply down to learning the skills needed for Illustator and the like. I will not let it defeat me, but for now it sort of stops me from considering a career in design. I like writing, which is why I blog, and I like reading. I would like to see more women in the top tier roles within a publishing house, and I guess maybe I should aim for that.

Recently on twitter, someone asked me if going to university was a good idea for them. My advice is, go with your heart. I have been a university student twice now, the first time I hated it and seriously doubted I would give it another go. I am so thankful to have found the perfect course for me, and I know that taking the two year gap between college and finding my course was exactly what I needed. This is your future, you don't need to rush in to this.

I hope this has been helpful to someone, or even just nice to read me being positive after my last grumpy post! Haha :) 

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2 comments

  1. Congratulations on finishing your first year with a 2.1. I got a 2.1 in my first and second year - hopefully heading towards a first in my final year. I agree with going with your heart. My family frown upon me for going to university - they are all from trade backgrounds. I love university and the prospects I have when I leave.

    Lovely post - following.

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    1. Thank you! And well done on your results too, I hope you get your first next year :) My family have been quite supportive, I've even convinced my mum to go back to college so she can re-train for a better job!
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