Today I’m bringing you a post I’ve been trying to write for a few months, and I think I’ve finally come up with a way that I’m happy about. I want to talk to you about University, more accurately the application process to university. As you may have guessed from the title I have applied twice, well I am at the moment still in the process of applying the second time but everything that I need to do has been done, so now I’m just waiting for results.
I wanted to give you an idea of how I found the whole process so far compared to the first time. Before I begin the main body I would like to say, I begin my second time round with 3 A levels, and As Level and a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma behind me with grades equivalent to 280 UCAS points.
The application as a whole I found much easier this time around, because I’d already filled it in and knew what everything meant, the hardest thing I had to do was go and find all my certificates so I knew which examining boards I’d taken my A Levels with. However I do remember that part of the application being alright to fill out because it was mainly just general information about you.
Personal statements! The bane of every students life. Practically a 700 word essay about yourself and why you should be offered a place on your chosen course. Sound easy? Wrong! Who actually finds it easy to write about themselves? I know I don’t, much of my feedback from initial drafts we’re that I needed to get rid of the negatives that I hadn’t even noticed I’d included.
All together I did find writing the second personal statement slightly easier, when I first applied I had a larger range of courses, all studying similar topics but the main focus of each course differed so I had to cover all of them without making it obvious. This time however I was applying for all Drama course, they did have a bit of difference, some we’re Musical Theatre and another included a specialism in Stage Combat, but I could link them all together. The majority of my performing experience outside college has been through Musical Theatre and Dance so that linked the two together.
So once your application form has been finalised, a reference written and everything sent off it’s down to the waiting game, either for offers or and invitation to interview or in the case of many drama courses an Audition.
For auditions I did not have any previous experience that I can compare to, but with the interviews both years I’ve only had one. In 2011 I can’t remember it very well but it must have gone well since I was offered a place. But this year I enjoyed my interview. It was a group interview and we’d all been asked to prepare some answers to questions about different elements of theatre. For me this was easy, it helped I’d been to see a production of War Horse a few weeks earlier so I was all set.
Needless to say I came away feeling extremely happy and I had a great feeling about the University and course as a whole.
Finance, possibly one of the most important part of the application process, but also one of the most complex and irritating. I was lucky both times with my finance. I went through both applications with out being means tested so I didn’t have to send off anything to do with my parents income which, from all the horror stories I’ve heard I’m quite glad!
I will say though. When I get closer to when I leave I shall be checking my application because last time there was a mix up and my bank details were no longer on the system meaning I had to wait longer for my initial payment.
Accommodation, your place, the place you will eat, study, party, drink, write and stay up all night in and possibly from time to time sleep. The applications for each university’s accommodation is different. For example last time I applied I had the choice of every single hall of residence available in the university because of how the campus was set out. How ever this time my chosen university is spread over a city so to be close to where I hope to be studying I had a much smaller choice.
I found that this time around I applied for my accommodation much earlier on that last time, this may have been because I heard back from places and made my final choice much earlier on or that the process started earlier. But I found it very simple, I think there was more to fill out because this time the accommodation is owned externally so they won’t have all the information that you have already provided to the university.
Once sent off there was a e-mail letting you know that everything had been received and what will happen next. Since my offer was conditional I will not hear which of my choices I have been allocated until my final results are released in August but I have high hopes I will get where I want since I am on track for the grades I need and I also applied within a few hours of the e-mail being sent out about applying.
I’m sorry this post has been so long, but I hope you’ve found it useful and interesting. If you feel I’ve missed anything out or you have any more questions that I haven’t answered leave them in the comments and if I get enough I’ll do another post to answer them all.
I’m thinking of doing more once I actually get back to university especially when I start, possibly in a similar fashion possibly just about how I find it.
Any way I shall leave you now. Thanks for reading and I shall see you next time.