Why I chose ARU


Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Education and Social Care
Course: BA (Hons) Education
Category: Education

17 December 2018

When I was at school I was not naturally intelligent; it took a lot of hard work and dedication for me to achieve average grades. When I finished my GCSEs I received a B in Maths and English which I was completely ecstatic about. It was a real achievement for me as a student who was failing their Mock GCSEs.

After school I decided that I no longer wish to stay on but instead to complete an apprenticeship. At this age and time I was still very immature and I just wanted to earn money.  The idea of a career was something I had not even thought of.

Once I began my apprenticeship I realised that administration in an office was not what I wanted to do with my life, but at this time, the idea of working with children was absurd as I was the person who would say they didn't like kids. I even thought that I didn't want children when I grew up!

By chance, a family friend who worked with children gave me the idea to at least give it a go. A few months later I was completing a level 3 diploma and volunteering at my local primary school. When I had finished my diploma I questioned myself, what would be my next move? Over the previous year I had uncovered my love for education and a career prospect began to form in my mind.

Once I decided that university was something I really wanted to do, I began thinking of my options. Personally, being close to home and being at a university that looks at providing opportunities for all students and feels like a close community was essential. I love ARU because no one is better than anyone else, no matter your age, background etc. Everyone is treated with respect and given opportunities to create a meaningful and fulfilling career.

If I did not attend ARU, I would most likely be sitting in an office doing administration on the minimum wage with a career that I was not passionate about. Now after just a year here, I have already achieved a first on my first assignment; I am a Student Ambassador; I am the Student Representative for my Faculty; I have photos of myself on the website and many staff and older students know who I am.

What a fabulous year it has been and I definitely think more students should consider attending this university.


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