I’d originally applied to Kent as one of my five options. I’d already visited and seen the campus. On results day, when I didn’t get into my other choices, I already knew that I liked Kent.
Originally, I wanted to study Economics. But A level Maths really dealt with me! It was so hard, so I decided to change what I wanted to study. I always did well at A level Sociology, so I decided to focus on my strengths, and combine that with Social Policy in the joint honours that Kent was offering.
It was really my Dad who pushed me to start applying through Clearing. I only applied to Kent and one other university. The process was smooth and easy – I just filled in a form online. I got a response in less than an hour, and I also got a phone call to say congratulations. It was really nice.
It can be hard, especially if you didn’t get the results you wanted. But you should be proud of all your hard work, regardless of your grades. You still have a new journey ahead of you. Even if it’s not the one you anticipated at the start, it’s still a journey, so make the most of it.
I was in Park Wood, and I’m still there now! It was straightforward to get in: once I had my place to study they send me the accommodation application details. It was just like coming to Kent through the standard route.
I was scared, because coming to Kent wasn’t my original plan. But it was much better than I anticipated. We had a Welcome Week, and also got introduced to all the lecturers and modules. I soon realised I didn’t need to feel nervous.
I’m doing a module on ethnicities and identity. One of our seminars was based on the Meghan Markle interview with Oprah Winfrey – the day after the interview we discussed it in class, covering the issues behind the conversation. I remember thinking ‘this is why I’m here, to talk about real-life issues’. I really enjoyed that.
Also, when I first came to University, I got my first grade back and I was so disappointed. I reached out to my seminar leader and he was so helpful. He told me what I needed to do differently. Just by reaching out to him, my results went up by two grades. My department have been so helpful in my academic journey.
I can’t deny that things have been very different. At the same time, my lecturers and seminar leaders have been very present. They respond to my emails and essay plans. I really appreciate it because they know the circumstances.
I got involved with a Christian fellowship, because I felt it was important to keep up with my faith at University. I’m also a Digital Media Assistant for the University, producing digital content for different marketing channels.
The friends I’ve made – they’ve made the experience better. The campus too, it’s so green. I love coming out of the library and seeing the view over Canterbury – it’s such a beautiful city.
I get a lot of emails from the University offering one-to-one advice, and CV sessions. If students don’t get advice it’s because they’re not following up on this. I’ve had a CV advice session which helped a lot.
I now value myself on how much I work, and how much I push myself. Whatever I do now, I do it to the best of my ability instead of being hung up on grades.