Welcome to our Alumni page. On this page you can read about what some our #STGAlumni have got to say about where they are at University, what they are studying and their advice to Year 12 and 13 students.
What key pieces of advice would you give our current Year 12 and 13 students about the application process
- Make sure your personal statement is the best it can be and make sure you look at all aspects of the university before applying; How many people successfully get a job after your degree? How highly is it ranked? Do you see yourself being happy in this place and are there a lot of enjoyable things to do for free time?
- Read the course module guides!!! To fully understand what each subject within a course will consist of. The biggest mistake people make is they don't really know what they are going to be required to do throughout the year.
- Applying to several universities is always a good idea, given how hard it can be to get into your first choice.
- Try not to stress too much, it all works itself out in the end. Even if you get a rejection don’t let it get you down. Try not to compare yourself to your friends.
- Make sure you are applying to a course you will want to spend your next 3 years studying. And the university you choose aside from the course is also important, as some may suit you better than others, so try to visit the ones you're applying to.
- Go visit the universities you are applying for and if you are unsure of what you really want to do take a gap year to figure it out. You don't want to end up stuck in a course you don't like because you rushed a decision.
- Make sure that you apply in time and that you listen to advice from your teachers, because sometimes they know you better than you do. For example, i wanted to go study psychology and was advised by my media teacher, Mr Burrowes, and my psychology teacher, Miss Moody, to go study Media and something to do with Entertainments instead of Psychology. In the beginning i was very stubborn and didn’t want to listen. However, now i realise that it was 100% the right choice. Also, if you do get declined from your first choice of university, call them up and speak to them, you never know they may have space in clearing.
- Ensure the course you choose is going to be enjoyable. A lot of people I know have changed their course and had to restart again because they didn’t like their original course.
- 1.Check out the courses in detail: what core and optional modules you can take since courses vary a lot between universities. 2. Don't be afraid to apply to the best universities sometimes they take you even if your grades aren't quite good enough (especially if you have a really good personal statement).
- Start looking early, explore your options and really delve into the course (I didn't do as much research as I maybe should have done) in order to best prepare yourself for what's to come. Go to open days and "student for a day" days to get a glimpse of what the course is like.
- Don’t stress too much.
- Don't worry about where everybody is expecting you to go and think about what you want to get out of your university experience and pick from that.
What key pieces of advice would you give our current Year 12 and 13 students about the life at university?
1. If you are not enjoying your course or lack motivation for it, you still have time to change it. Don’t worry about being a year behind because it makes no difference in the grand scheme of things. Make sure you put your work before your social life but still have fun when everything is up to date. I would recommend making a budget of what you can spend weekly based on your money coming in and money going out as it will help in the future. Lastly, if you do not achieve the grades you hoped for, go through clearing as soon as it opens as there are so many other options available.