Ever since visiting Plymouth in my early teenage years I have loved the vibe the city has to offer. It’s amazing to find a place where the ocean and beaches brush one side of Plymouth while Dartmoor towers over the other! Being one for exploration and the outdoors this was pretty ideal. I’ve found Plymouth to be a city with all the facilities you could need but boasts a quiet and chilled atmosphere I struggle to find anywhere else!
With a love for the marine environment and scuba diving it’s a bit difficult to fulfil those passions in the flats of Lincolnshire where I grew up in. That’s when the possibility of studying such a topic came to mind in sixth form. I found Plymouth to have an amazing School of Biological and Marine Sciences when I visited on Open Days, and I discovered the course for me; Oceanography and Coastal Processes. Here I am at the end of year 2 loving my course, university and Plymouth itself! I’ve learnt so much and had practical experience nowhere else could provide.
Another thing that helped me choose Plymouth is the fact it is the only university in the country to offer the HSE Professional SCUBA course alongside and within my studies. This has been the highlight of my second year, undertaking the scientific diving module and diving every week in my first term. Seeing Plymouth in the underwater world with crabs, cuttlefish, eels and the occasional ray scuttling around, it’s not a bad place to be!
I have found with Cornwall on my door step, an amazing beach is never too far away. I’ve had the ability to venture out with mates to places like Whitsand Bay, which is great for a swim or relax. Plymouth itself boasts some great beaches too such as Mount Batten, Bovisand and Wembury being only a stones throw away. A favourite memory recently was walking from Plymouth to Bovisand. I caught a ferry to Mount Batten, which is a must do trip, and from there walked over Jennycliff. Further on with views over the whole of Plymouth and the sound, I found great photography spots.
Another great thing that helped me choose Plymouth and I still benefit from into my second year is the location of the campus. Smack bang in the middle of the city centre, the campus is within walking distance to most of the city! I’ve found that means 9am lectures aren’t too bad.. well..! Getting back home between lectures couldn’t be easier either. That means all of Plymouth’s top attractions that I love, such as the Hoe, the Barbican, the National Marine Aquarium, Mount Batten and Royal William Yard are all possible simply after a lecture! I’ve also the pleasure of going to both summer balls on campus since I’ve been in Plymouth and these are always a highlight at the end of the year. With top music acts, fairground rides and all your mates, it’s a perfect way to say goodbyes and close a busy academic year. Speaking of the National Marine Aquarium, in my first year I remember visiting several times and I loved all it had to offer. Little did I know a year later I’d be working as a volunteer diver in the tanks themselves!
It just goes to show even in writing this, Plymouth has so many endless possibilities. I chose Plymouth over 2 years ago and certainly haven’t looked back. Whatever you’re in to, the university or Plymouth itself can offer it with hundreds of sports and societies and so many attractions. You won’t regret it!