University Update #1

UCLan exp Uni Update

I am currently in my first year, studying Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). I thought going home for the Easter holidays would be the perfect time to do something a little different and to talk to you about my experience of university so far. In terms of my course, I am enjoying most of the modules (can’t quite say I’ve been loving statistics). Out of all the modules, I prefer the more ‘social’ side to psychology i.e. social and developmental psychology, as opposed to cognitive and neuropsychology! But I enjoy them all nonetheless, as I have good lecturers that can keep me awake!

I have really surprised myself in terms of my assignment grades. I received a 2:1 in my first university assignment and a 1st in my first laboratory assignment, which if you do psychology or have to complete lab reports for your course, you’ll be just as shocked as I was! I’m really not a naturally academically gifted person/naturally clever in the slightest. For my GCSE’s and A-Levels, I had to work extremely hard and even then I didn’t receive ‘outstanding’ grades. I would say they were ‘average’. So, I am pleasantly surprised with how I’m getting on at university so far (fingers crossed it continues!)

  In terms of my accommodation, I live in en-suite, private student accommodation. It is leased by the university and it is still classed as university "halls of residence", it’s just a lot nicer! I live with a group of five other people, however it only ever feels like three of us as the others are, let’s just say…inactive. There are 3 boys and 3 girls (including myself) in the flat. As I mentioned, there’s only really 3 of us that seem ‘alive’ in the flat, but luckily enough we all get on really really well! We often have film nights altogether as one of my flatmates has a projector screen and fancy gadgets like that, which makes it extra fun! I get on really well with my course friends too so it’s really nice to have a few, separate groups of friends.

Considering I only live around an hour away from home, I don’t go home that often at all! I went home twice before the Christmas holidays (once for my sisters birthday and once to work at my part-time job at home as I was desperate for money!) and once before this Easter holiday. I absolutely love going home when I get the chance, but I feel like leaving it as long as I can makes me appreciate it that little bit more, and also makes me a more independent person. I am lucky enough that my boyfriend comes up to see me most weekends, which makes being away from home and alone at university, a lot easier! I am going home this Friday for Easter, so that is for 2 weeks. Whilst I’m working majority of the time to earn some extra money, I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my friends and family. I can’t wait to be curled up on the sofa at home and able to watch TV!! (I rely on Netflix and catch-up TV, but you can’t skip the adverts with catch-up, so I can’t wait to be reunited with Sky+!)

I'm really enjoying university so far and I have surprised myself how quickly and how much I have settled in!

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