Sunday, 23 October 2016

Bangor University

If you had told me 3 years ago I would be studying a criminology degree at university - I would have laughed right in your face and told you to stop making such bad jokes.
I always thought you needed to be young to be at university, like fresh out of college and straight into the uni life, I was so wrong! 

Being an 'older' person at university scared the hell out of me so initially when I applied I guess half of me wanted to be rejected because being the oldest person in a block of flats just didn't sit right with me - in fact it made me a little uncomfortable. 
However after being accepted the excitement did begin to kick in a little, but the nerves were still there, I wanted to know if my age was going to be a problem in making friends, I was terrified they wouldn't see me on the same level as them, you know like would they really class me as a friend? Or more as "that 23 year old who lives with us"? - Little did I know I really didn't have anything to worry about.

Bangor University have done it right when it comes down to allowing students to get to know their flat mates before moving in day and Freshers week!

Group Chats 

Facebook groups were set up by second and third year students of the university, for each person's particular block of flats. For example within my group chat there were the students living in 'Adda' Halls in my village, each person had their name and their flat number so everyone could work out where they lived - and ultimately who in the chat they would be living with. 
This is where I met one of my flat mates Hannah - and right now I can easily say she is one of my closest friends, and the sole reason I have been able to cope with university life so far. Not at all discouraged from the fact I am 5 years older than her, more focused on spending time together - prinking and becoming amazing friends. 

Peer Guides

Aside from the group chat - Bangor university also put in place Peer Guides, students who help the freshers find their feet and also can be used as a student's support system if they are having problems. I have contacted my peer guide several times and she has been a huge help in directing me on the right path for various problems I have faced - Thank you Sian!!

Welcome Week Pack

I would also like to point out the fact that having a Welcome Week pack sent to my house before I arrived was a huge help! It gave me a change to organise nights out and events with the flat mates I hadn't even met yet - and also to see exactly what would be going on during Welcome Week so I wouldn't feel so disorganised. 

The University 

As you can see I have rambled on from the topic at hand "my age" and honestly I shouldn't have worried about anything - everyone at the university has been super supportive and very kind and when it comes down to it - age is literally just a number. I have had no problems in feeling 'too old' in fact it's been nice to feel younger again!

The university itself it simply beautiful - like a castle out of a story book its magnificent structures and views make me incredibly happy to walk through the hallways and truly proud to be apart of this little welsh university (Being welsh myself makes me even more proud). 

All in all I couldn't have asked for a better university to be studying my criminology degree! Anyone who is looking at universities - make sure you keep Bangor in mind! 
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Have a wonderful Day

Renee x


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