Whatuni: What made you want to review your university?
Aidan Allen: I based my decision to go to the
University of Glasgow heavily on reviews by others. Living such a distance from the city, it was difficult to find an opportunity to make the trip. I understand others would find this a difficulty too, so I thought I would contribute to other people’s university choices as Scotland can seem daunting. It did for me.
WU: Why do you think reviews are important for future students?
AA: I am a firm believer in making an informed choice, not one on a whim. Reviews are vital to get a rounded idea of universities, albeit at a distance. There are an ample number of articles discussing league tables, but aside from the National Student Survey, you don’t have any clue what it is like to live as a student. Reviews excuse generality.
WU: What advice would you give to prospective students looks to go to Glasgow?
AA: Freshers week is the
best week of your life; join as many societies/clubs are you can, and stick with them. Make sure, also, that you pay attention in lectures and sign up for classes early; the MyCampus class allocation system fills up quickly. I’ve heard stories of people missing out on modules in first year, though this is generally uncommon. Don’t be intimidated by the buildings, either. People are always willing to talk to you, and generally have such great characters.
WU: Did the opinions of other students influence your decision to go to Glasgow?
AA: My decision to head to Glasgow was based pretty equally on both factors of departmental reputation and the reviews I heard from current and past students posting online.
WU: What’s your favourite thing about Glasgow?
AA: Without a doubt the Main Building is incredible. It’s like Hogwarts!
WU: How did you feel when you found out you won the iPad?
AA: At first I couldn’t believe it was true. Once I got over that, I got very excited and jumped around for a while. It was great!
WU: Any other points you’d like to add?
Make use of the gym, but it gets very busy during the day.
There is a lot of Queen Margaret Union (QMU) and Glasgow University Union (GUU) rivalry: don’t let it intimidate you, and join both.
The library internet is the fastest on campus.
Get yourself a flask which doesn’t leak if you are a tea drinker like me.
Get yourself a very warm jacket, gloves and scarf. It gets very cold in the winter.
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