When I was looking to go to university, I had sat down with my careers advisor and explained to her that I didn’t want to move away from home. However, at the same time, I knew I wanted to be out of the Birmingham area, where I’m originally from.
Being from Birmingham, I was used to being in a busy, urban City full of people. When I was researching where to go to university, I found a course I was really interested in at the University of Worcester.
I’d visited the City on an open day and loved it. The sun was shining, there were happy people everywhere and I fell in love with the City.
But then came September and, as you all know, the weather becomes dull, it gets cold and it gets darker earlier, but people were still walking around with a smile on their happy faces.
At first, I found it a little strange to adapt to Worcester. Birmingham is always busy, hectic and noisy and I was used to that atmosphere. Worcester, on the other hand, was quieter, had a community feel to it and was very homely.
After a month or so, I got familiar with the town, found its all-important Nandos and checked out the student hotspots, and slowly, I began to feel at home.
The community made me feel safe, everybody was very polite, and the City itself was so pretty to look at. It’s all very nature based, laden with picturesque buildings. The river, boats and swans were a far cry away from the urban Birmingham.
The University was one that I had never experienced before. I had been to a few open days now and none of them compared. I was given a tour of the university, which had three campuses based in the very short proximity of each other. I was shown the accommodation, some real cool facilities like a motion performance centre, the forensic house and the art studios.
I think what I liked most about the university was the feel of it. I began to get that very comfortable feeling and began to feel very much at home. It had a very professional and civilised feel to it. The Business School Building, where I was based, was amazing and very modern, even though it did look like something from Harry Potter.
As weird as it sounds, the city of Worcester was an eye opener. The scenery, the fresh air and the community feel made me realise you don’t have to board a plan to appreciate a city.