It may not have been my first choice of university, but boy am I glad I came here.
A little more research into Hull revealed that at the time the
Politics department was ranked 5 th in the country. I was excited and wanted to dive straight in. Hull offers more than just a degree, it offers the chance to intern in parliament and become part of the ‘Hull Mafia’, study abroad for a semester or intern more locally. I had the chance to intern at the Hull History Center and archive MPs files, including that of Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott. It’s not as dull as it sounds, I promise. What’s more, I have been able to do independent research on subjects I am interested in, as well as cover everything from Plato to German reunification.
The main thing I love about Hull University is its happy medium setting between a large city and a close-knit campus. The city with everything you could ever want; four cinemas, shopping centers, nightclubs that cater to every taste and a direct train line to London. But the campus, especially the union, feels much more like your extended family. Surprising seeing as there are over 17,000 students. Maybe I feel like this as I have well and truly thrown myself into almost every possible aspect of the Student Union; societies, student media and volunteering.
University, as much as this sounds like a cliché, has allowed me to grow as a person. I have explored my interest in photography by establishing the photography society and becoming a photographer at the university nightclub. I have gained valuable insight and experience into the journalism industry by becoming the News editor of our student newspaper. And, to top it all off I’ve made amazing friends that have seen me at worst and my best.
My advice; don’t be shy. Grab any opportunity you can at university, whether it is for fun or to make your CV look great, every risk pays off. And for anyone that doesn’t get into their first choice university, don’t worry, its probably fate at its best.
Victoria Bishop Rowe