🏹 Competing for University – This Year's Archery Round-Up 🏹

🏹 Competing for University – This Year's Archery Round-Up 🏹

During my spare time, I compete as a member of the University of Plymouth Archery Club. Unlike most sports clubs at Plymouth University, we don’t compete in varsity, (as Marjon don’t have an archery club) and we don’t have an off season.

The first archery season starts in September and finishes at the end of March, and the second archery season starts in April and ends in September. This means we compete in 2 BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport)Championship events and 4 SWWU (South Wales and West University) competitions, double the amount other clubs.

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⚗️ Chemistry at Plymouth University 🔬

⚗️ Chemistry at Plymouth University 🔬

If you have an inclination to enrol in a Chemistry degree at university, I would recommend the course at Plymouth wholeheartedly. Going through A-levels, I was never brilliant at exams. I didn't like being under pressure and having all of my progress decided on by the final exam, rather than how I did throughout the year.

So, when looking for a university I decided that I wanted the course to be very engaging. I wanted to focus on practical skills for the later workplace, as well as course work which I could do at my own pace. I looked at several courses at several different universities, but Plymouth's Chemistry course really stood out. This was due to the very high focus on practical skills, along with the preparation it gives you for the working world.

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🎓 My Experience of UCAS Clearing ⚗️

🎓 My Experience of UCAS Clearing ⚗️

The UCAS deadline was earlier this month, along with the terror of deciding which university course you’d like to do and where you`d like to do it. This is the point where I can say it is not the only option.

For example, I didn’t get onto the course I wanted because I messed up my final chemistry exam, which happened to be worth the most marks. However, Plymouth offered a foundation course which was brilliant, as I didn’t really want to stay in college and university could not come soon enough, so this was perfect for me.

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🏹 The Sporting Excellence of Archery

🏹 The Sporting Excellence of Archery

I thought I would write this blog post because Plymouth University Archers are not usually the most competitive archery club, and we don’t usually go anywhere with the expectation to win. This year, however, we have already won eleven medals in the past two months, more than Plymouth University had won in the previous two years.

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The Easter holidays

The Easter holidays

The work/fun balance is truly tested during the Easter holidays. On the one hand, you’re back home with old college friends, which will inevitably lead to one poorly planned meet up and severeal nights out. But on the other hand, you have exams in less than a month, all your course work deadlines will probably be in the next few months too, so it would be good to get those done.

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Applying for university – Don’t get tunnel vision!

Applying for university – Don’t get tunnel vision!

Coming up is the deadline for the universities replying to your UCAS applications and then you begin to finalise which university you want to choose as your first choice.

By now you might’ve had the university you wanted reply to you and everything will be in place for you to ace your final exams and get into the course you want. Maybe the University you wanted declined your choice and you now must decide where you want to go instead after exam time.

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Competing at BUCS Part 2: The Regrettening

Competing at BUCS Part 2: The Regrettening

To say that the final to the British University and Colleges Sport archery final did not go to plan is probably an understatement.

The Friday before the final I thought I would try and get in some practice on the targets we would be shooting, only to find out I was making so many little mistakes that my shooting had degraded somewhat, probably because of nerves, but this meant I stayed until 9 to try and fix my shooting.

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Competing at BUCS

Competing at BUCS

First of all, if you didn’t know already, BUCS is the British University and Colleges Sport. Sports societies at each university put forward a few people to compete at BUCS nationwide.

I qualified for BUCS in late December and had a few months to practice and improve my shooting, in these few months I went from scoring 507 in January to 531 to just before BUCS, I was very happy with this improvement as it meant I might be in with a chance at BUCS.

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