Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Choosing Your Own University Path

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Choosing Your Own University Path

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Most students would agree that university is a life-changing experience and opens the door to a vast range of exciting careers. Here Sonia Mallan, 24, and Suzanne Kay, 22, give their advice and views on university

SONIA'S STORY:

I wish someone had advised me on all my options before I went to university because looking back, I think I should have travelled or worked before I went.

As soon as I finished my A-levels I went to Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen to do communications.

However, I didn't enjoy the course and I left after just two years with a lot of debt and nothing to show for it.

Then I worked for two years doing a variety of jobs. I saved up my money and really thought about what I wanted to do with my life.

In March 2000 I spoke to my parents and said I wanted to do marketing, and thankfully they agreed to support me.

Because I hadn't applied to UCAS I had to go through clearing to get my place on a marketing management course at Northumbria University.

I was attracted to the course because I could do it as a sandwich course with a year out in industry.

It is a good idea doing a sandwich course because you get to live in another part of the country for a year and you can apply what you have learnt to a working situation.

I did my year out with Peugeot and worked in London, Leicester, Coventry and for City Motors in Newcastle. Thanks to that year I have now been offered a job with Peugeot.

Because I am from Dunfermline in Scotland, I lived in halls in my first year at university and then shared a house with friends in my second year.

Starting out in halls is a good idea because everyone is keen to make friends as you are all in the same boat.

However, being in halls can be a distraction because everyone is wanting to go out and have a good time, which can have affect your studies. …

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