Why I Chose The University of Birmingham

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Hi Everyone!

Long time no see, yes I've been useless lately. If you're looking for excuses you can find them all here

This post is actually inspired by a post I saw over on Molly Day Dreams where she talked about why she chose UOB.

I ask this question all the time to my friends, as I'm a bit of a UOB fangirl and I always want to know what attracted people here in the first place.


There are a couple of main reasons I chose UOB. 

The first thing that made me consider UOB is that I knew people who had been there previously and loved it. I know you shouldn't let people influence your decision too much, but when every ex-student is telling you it's amazing, I think there's something in that.

The second thing that really drew me to UOB is a bit of a superficial one. I'm sort of ashamed that I used to be so vain that I pretty much printed off a University League Table, and went down it highlighting the universities I thought I could get the grades for. I realise NOW that 'league tables' effectively mean nothing, and I had no idea what they were actually measuring. When you go to university, it's not your place on the league table that matters, it's how happy and settled you are. But yet ho, I thought number 11 (back in 2016) was a good enough place for me. 

So those were the bits that grabbed me about UOB, but why did I end up here over all of my other offers? In 2016 I had offers from Leicester, Loughborough, York, Birmingham and Sheffield, but WHY HERE? 

Here's the real clincher for me. The open days. I would tell any student now not to decide on a university before attending an open day. I actually visited UOB twice, once at an 'open' day where I got the jist of the whole university - I was actually visiting as a prospective History student - and again at an 'applicant' day, where I visited the English Language and Applied Linguistics department and met the staff. 

At the open day you get the real 'feel' of a university. And I knew immediately that something felt 'right' about Birmingham, compared to all of the other open days I'd attended. 

Don't get me wrong, I'd liked every university I visited. And I really wanted to like Sheffield, but at the end of the day Birmingham felt like home, and that's that. 

And funnily enough, now it's almost 3 years later. And it's all over. God, I can't talk about it, I'm going to shed a tear in a minute. But let's be real, if you're reading this thinking about going to UOB, don't take my word for it, everyone is suited to a different university, make sure you find what's right for you.

Lizzie

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