So, go back 5 years, I am 18 and I am just starting my undergraduate degree, and I'm so hyped and excited!
I’m from Preston, up in North-West, which is about a 5-hour drive from Plymouth. People thought I was crazy for not just going to uni in the north. My dad tried to get me to stay and study in Lancashire, but I knew that I wanted to be by the sea and I knew I was happy to travel for the right course.
Plymouth solved my issue of what to study; I was really stuck because I loved history and art and didn’t know what to do about that or how I could possibly choose!
Plymouth, as it turns out, is one of only eight institutions in the UK that provide the joint honours course in Fine Art and Art History, was by the sea and was nestled in the midst of the beautiful west-country. Perfect!
I didn’t make it down for an Open Day, but I looked at lots of information online and thought it seemed like a good fit and then once I’d made my application I came to an applicant day, took a look around the campus and the studios and just fell in love with the place once more. As I’d come down with a friend to the applicant day we went to Cornwall and Dartmoor exploring and it just made me even more excited to study here (I'm super outdoorsy so wanted to make sure the wild spaces were as beautiful as they were in pictures!)
I loved my course, it was amazing, we had a beautiful studio to study in and I made the best friends in the world because we had such an amazing space to share and get to know each other in. I went on so many trips (which I’ll write about later) and these helped broaden my horizons and taught me so much.
And then it was all over, and I was a graduate. I had really enjoyed my dissertation module during 3rd year (I’m a very proud nerd) so decided to apply for the MRes (Master of Research) in Art History so I could continue writing which was where my creative flair was most effective. This was a one year masters degree and alongside some study and research skills modules I crafted my own research proposal and led my own research project.
This work culminated in a 25,000-word thesis, and even having that kind of a word count to tackle my love of researching visual culture and writing didn’t lessen.
My masters flew by, but I now had more skills and more direction, so I started to apply for graduate schemes as a content writer. I applied up and down the country, but (thankfully) Plymouth University still had some room for me and I joined the Campaigns (central marketing) Team as one of their graduate interns (my fellow intern Adam is a star and is also writing a blog, visit his page to see and read about his Photoshop and video wizardry). I’m having the best time interning. I love the team and I’m so happy that I’ve bagged myself another year at Plym Uni. After 5 years here it really does feel like home :)
I'll be blogging about my course, about interning, working while studying, applying for jobs, houses and housemates, where the best nature spots are, how to get to them and everything in between.