With my undergraduate degree coming to an end, I must admit I felt a bit lost. Most of my course mates were busy applying for jobs or making travel plans. I, however, didn’t feel ready to start a career yet - on the contrary, I was keen to learn more.
Having lived and studied in Cornwall for several years, I made the decision to do a postgraduate degree at the University of Plymouth. I found the choice very easy, as it is not only close to where I used to live, which makes keeping in contact with close friends easy, but they also offer the exact degree I was looking for - an MSc in Digital and Social Media Marketing. Of course, there are other universities which offer similar postgraduate degrees, but I found none are quite like this one. Plymouth really aims to prepare you for a career. I chose this course because each student gets allocated a mentor who currently works in the industry and the course offers hands-on experience, which I have found to be invaluable in the past. As part of my foundation degree, I helped organise two rather big events in the surfing industry which lead most of my part-time employers in the last year to choose me over other applicants. So, working on real projects and with real companies as part of my postgraduate degree was really the crucial factor which made me choose the University of Plymouth.
Other than that, there are of course many more factors which made my little eyes light up when I looked at UoP.
The university is right next to the city centre, which is a nice size in itself as you can pretty much walk everywhere. Plymouth is a coastal town, which means you can have a relaxing day at the seafront or try all kinds of water sports, but it is also close to the Dartmoor National Park which is an absolute plus if you’re anything like me and love hiking.
Being used to a tiny campus with an even smaller learning centre which is only open for 8 hours a day, a 24/7 library with approximately 350,000 books sounded like heaven to me.
The Clubs and Societies
Just one look at the Student Union website and I was ready to sign up for more than my timetable would probably allow. The number of clubs or societies you could join seems endless, from a skydiving sports club to an A Capella society, I’m sure there is one for everyone, and if not, you can create your own.
These a just a few reasons why I decided to join the University of Plymouth but I am sure once I actually start my course I will have a lot more to gush about.