I graduated from university over a year ago now and it's come to that time when the terms will be starting up again whether you're starting out as a fresher or are going back for your final year so I thought the wise words of a graduate may be of interest to some. (Please note I am not by any means wise and though technically a graduate I know barely any more than I did as a fresher so proceed with caution).
I'll just give some sort of overview of how I spent my four years of university life. I went to Swansea Metropolitan University, which is now called UWTSD, I think I graduated from the University of Wales. I started there doing a foundation art course (and never intended to stay but that's another story) before going on to BA (Hons) Photography in the Arts, which is basically fine art specialising in photography.
I moved out for my foundation year mostly for fun and to save on travel costs and time (though I don't live very far) so I got a place with a friend and three strangers - it wasn't bad. The course was slightly intense (compared to my degree), I did a lot of work and it was required to go in four days a week from 9.30 til around 4. I did rather enjoy it though and finished with a Merit.
Favourite memories - living so close to the sea, a trip to Amsterdam
First year of degree
I moved into private halls of residence - I didn't like it that much. I'm not much of a people person so I don't really know why I thought I might enjoy the experience of halls, but nonetheless I tried it and to be honest it could've been worse. First year of the course was wonderfully easy and I made some friends, it was a little easier for me as it turned out a girl I'd gone to school with was doing the same course so we hung out together and became friends which made it a whole lot less scary than if I'd been surrounded by total strangers as I'm sure most people are!
Favourite memories - becoming Tessycat, building forts for movie nights, Paris
I moved into a house with some friends from my course - it was pretty good. This was when the course took a much more 'self-directed' turn, which I enjoyed a lot but I also found it a little hard to think of projects (fyi most of my uni work was self-portraiture).
Favourite memories - themed parties
I stayed in the same house but 3 of the 4 housemates I had moved out and some other course friends moved in, including my boyfriend - I liked this a lot. This was the worst and hardest but also the best year for me, I continued my self-portraiture work from second year and adapted it, moving onto working on film with my Bronica. The end was stressful but fun and I graduated with a 2:1.
Favourite memories - road trips, London
What was your university experience like?