Graduate Blog

Times flies when you’re doing a degree!


Two years ago, I was one of those students who waited up all night anxiously to find out whether or not I had achieved the grades I wanted to get into university. Questions about Clearing, accommodation, money and leaving my loved ones for a new city made it impossible for me to sleep!

Thankfully for me, I had already began to network with other potential history students at the University of Derby and one of the girls sent me a link which meant I could access my results before UCAS Tracking was made live. I got in!

“Congratulations! Your place at University of Derby (D39) to study History (V100) has been confirmed.”

It was one of the best feelings in the world, but unfortunately because I had found out considerably early (about half 6 in the morning!) no one was awake. I had two hours to wait before I could tell anybody in my family but the relief was intense. University was finally a reality for me and I couldn’t contain my excitement.

Two years later, I’m about to go into my 3rd year with the excitement of my Independent Study looming. I have been using my summer to research and set up all the resources I need to approach my final year – I even bought my very own desk as I have now moved back in with my parents to save money.

I am now in the throes of writing a personal statement and updating my CV ready to apply for various graduate schemes. I have also been looking into part-time courses, one of which has really inspired me so that again is something to work for.

The idea of finishing my whole degree in about nine months’ time is quite surreal and a little overwhelming, but I am so excited for what the next year entails.

About the Author

Samantha F Samantha F

My name is Samantha and I am a 2nd year BA History student at the University of Derby. I have a passion for writing which I hope to develop through various projects and I aspire to become a Public Relations Officer or writer once I have graduated. In my free time I volunteer as my year's Programme Rep as well as the Social Secretary for the History Society, and I have participated in many other roles such as RAG Promotions and Publicity Officer, Marketing and PR Assistant at a college and maintaining my blog, which you can find on my site.

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