Starting university in September? Not sure what’s the best uni for you? Charley Coleman shares her advice.
It’s summer time, which means for those hoping to start university in September, time is fast running out to choose one. Fortunately, Charley Coleman’s video is the perfect guide for those in this tricky predicament.
Fresh from her first year of university, Charley is in the perfect position to give selection advice. In her video, she opens up to university hopefuls by introducing herself as a student from Falmouth University studying Photography. The video sees Charley condense an entire year of university experiences to focus on three main considerations for choosing a university: the course, location, and the facilities.
“I think the most important thing about choosing the right uni is the course,” Charley immediately tells us. She reveals that a course in photography was her personal desire and, wanting to experiment with different types of photography, she set her heart on a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. After deciding on the course, the challenge of your university selection becomes far more palatable.
The location of the university is also a major point of consideration. Charley makes the reasoned judgement, “likely you are moving away from home of the first time ever, so you want to be in a place you feel comfortable.”
She opens up about how choosing the location of your new home for the next three years pushed her into looking for a university near the sea. “It’s where I feel most at home, she says.” From this consideration, she managed to narrow down an intimidating amount of universities to essentially just Falmouth and Bournemouth.
Charley’s final piece of advice is to consider the facilities available at each university. She notes how, originally being set on Bournemouth, it wasn’t until visiting Falmouth for the interview that she changed her outlook. “I literally would have written it off. It wasn’t until I came and saw the facilities that I was like, ‘wow, this is the best of the best.’”
Interviews give a reason to explore the university and look at their facilities. Not all courses, however, require interviews. In situations such as these, she recommends, “definitely go to open days because you want to get a feel for the place.”
Even taking on board these three pieces of advice, choosing a university can still feel like a daunting task. She reminds potential university students to remember that even if you are accepted, you’re not stuck with this option.
If you are one of the 250,000 in the country applying for universities this year, we wish you the best of luck and hope Charley’s advice helps you choose the right one for you.