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    Please use this forum if you have any queries regarding Student Life. As I mentioned in my introduction, I’m a current student at the University of Surrey- it feels like yesterday when I was studying for my GCSEs! So any questions regarding studying at University, living away from home, applying to University or anything else please ask away!

    Looking forward to answering your questions!


    Here are some questions that I wanted to know the answer to before coming to University…

    1- What is it like living in student halls?
    Living in Student halls is an amazing experience, but can seem quite daunting before coming to University. This was something that I was quite worried about because I was the first person in my family to go to University and I had never been away from home before for a long period of time, so it was all very new. When I moved in on Campus I can remember being greeted by Freshers Angels (student volunteers at the University) who welcomed the Freshers on Campus. After my first week at University I had made a group of friends, and we are still close friends now! Although it can seem quite nerve wracking, it gets so much easier with time and is a fantastic experience that you will never forget!

    2- What is a personal statement?
    A personal statement is a piece of writing (think of it like a CV) which forms a part of your University application through an organisation called UCAS. Admissions at the Universities read this along with your predicted grades and other information to determine whether they would like to offer you a place. This gives you the opportunity to simply ‘sell yourself’ to the University, including why you would like to study that particular degree and any skills you have developed from extra curricular activities. For example, I wrote about my part time job, volunteering and work experience- explaining what I had learnt. I also included that I also attended a University Summer School- which you will also be able to add if you apply to University!


    Hi everyone!

    Here are some more Q&As…

    1- What is the structure of the University year at Surrey?
    For most courses (can vary for other courses like Nursing and Paramedic Science) the year is divided into 2 semesters. Semester 1 runs from October to January where you typically study 4 modules which are examined in January. Semester 2 starts in February which finishes at the end of May, where you will study another 4 modules. This semester is then examined in June. For more information regarding course and module structure please visit the University websites which provides you with a breakdown of how the course is structured. This structure does vary between Universities. Below is the link for the University of Surrey website where you will be able to search each course…

    2- How did you find the transition from A-levels to an Undergraduate degree?
    During your first year of an undergraduate degree, it’s all about getting every student on the same page. Not all students studying an undergraduate degree have come straight from studying A-levels, some may have studied BTECs, an Access Course, maybe had a gap year, may be mature or international students. So, during the first year you will gain a background understanding of your course, building on what you have previously learnt in other qualifications. For example, during A-level biology I learnt about different organelles, including their structure and function. We revised this in my first year of my degree, then built on this to learn more in depth information. So I didn’t find the academic jump too difficult and was easier than I thought it was going to be!

    Hope this helps!


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