AD – HULL IS WHERE THE HEART IS
HULL IS WHERE THE HEART IS
This post is sponsored by the University of Hull but all stories, photos and Hull-hype are my own.
Hull is where the heart is, it’s where we started, where we belong. (We can be best friends if you know this song/artist!)
There’s no place like home.
Dorothy was right, there really isn’t.
Hull frequently gets a bad reputation from the UK media but like I always say, every place has bad areas and you can’t knock somewhere unless you’ve been or lived there.
Hull rocks, especially our university. It’s getting to that time of year with results day pending where if you’re looking to go to uni, you might have to go through clearing.
I’m here to tell you about my experience with education, university, clearing and how awesome Hull is as a university.
Growing up, I never really had an idea of what I wanted to do when I was older. Until the age of 13, I thought I was going to be a professional dancer. First, a ballerina, then a tap dancer until I started my GCSEs and that’s when everything changed. I started to aim for being the best student at my school and sacked off my plans to become a dancer.
During the last two years of school, I discovered a love of business, writing and creativity. I still enjoyed dancing but I was acing my maths classes, taking a special interest in business and what was going on in the world as well as writing film and book reviews in English. It was at 14 that I became dead set on having a career in the media. The only problem was I had no idea on how to get there.
For my school’s week-long work experience, I tried to go to our local paper but they didn’t take candidates from schools. I ended up in my local library and spent most of the time reading behind the counter.
Then a local radio station came into school days later asking students to come in for a summer workshop so off I went and managed to get a spot as a co-host on this now non-existent health radio station. That feeling of being live in the studio and the camaraderie of your co-hosts gave me a real buzz, just like when I used to dance. The problem was I wasn’t sure if there were any real media opportunities in Hull.
Sports journalism, here I come!
Off I went to college where I studied business, maths and English. I had no idea what I specifically wanted to do in the media. This is when I found blogging: I set up my first and very embarrassing website, where I did fashion updates, reviews of films I’d seen and general lifestyle posts that were beyond dull. I enjoyed having the freedom to write what I wanted to but I still wasn’t sure how to get to where I wanted to be. When I told my careers advisor at college that I wanted to be a journalist, I was told my only option was university. I’d never wanted to go originally but the college sort of pushed everyone to go.
I spend days researching universities and degrees on UCAS as I still wasn’t 100% sold on studying journalism. I’d started writing articles for other websites and thought I wanted to become a sports journalist but I’d always had so many interests. I’d always enjoyed business at school and thought at least that could be a back-up if the journalism thing didn’t work out so I applied for journalism at five different places and got ready for my exams.
Come results day and I didn’t get the grades I needed. Luckily, I was accepted to my first choice of Salford and off I went to enjoy the summer. The problem was that I wasn’t ready to move away from home. I’m an only child and my dad is my best friend so I moved to Salford. For three days. I moved on the Saturday and moved straight back home on the Monday afternoon.
I spent Tuesday researching my options because I didn’t want to just sit around and do nothing, so my choices were getting a full-time job or going to my local uni, Hull University. The fact it was only ten minutes away from my house really appealed to me but the main issue was that they didn’t offer a journalism course. I went through the courses on the website and settled on business. It seemed like a well-rounded course, learning about accountancy, marketing and other business functions. I’d always had an interest in the subject since school and this might help to clarify what I want to do as a career.
I had all my fingers and toes crossed when I rang up the clearing phoneline. I knew that inductions had already started at the uni and was just praying there was a spot for me. After a lovely chat with a lady in the clearing offices, I secured a spot on the business degree course. It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I thought this would be the degree that has so many career options later down the line plus I could still live at home, be with all of my friends and get my old job back. Life would go back to exactly as it was before.
The next couple of days were a bit of a mad panic. I had to visit the uni every single day for various registrations and talks but I was excited that I had finally found my place.
Three years later, I graduated with a BA in Marketing. I changed my degree after my second year after finding a new love of marketing. Transferring courses was so easy to do, thanks to the HUBS staff.
I did it! First-gen graduate!
The moral of my story is that it’s okay to quit if you don’t feel something is the right path for you. It’s okay to not want to move away to go to uni, especially if you live close to one with such amazing facilities as Hull Uni has to offer. Going to the uni in your town or city doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on all the university and fresher experiences. You can still go to all the events, you’ll still meet a tonne of new people: join a society (special shout-out to HUPAS, the performing arts society at Hull) and find your people that way.
A very blurry picture pre-show backstage of my first HUPAS show
Honestly, you won’t miss out on a thing. You can be a guide to those students in your classes who don’t know their way around the city or campus. I visited Hull Uni on so many occasions growing up as my secondary school is next door to the main campus. Having the inside scoop on the best coffee shops, clubs, bars, restaurants and supermarkets can be invaluable information to a newbie.
If you think Hull University could be a fit for you, you can find out more about the city of Hull, the clearing process and why you should choose to come to Hull Uni. I’m always willing to answer questions about my university experience and Hull as a city so don’t forget to send me a Tweet or Instagram DM!