Even though I celebrated finishing my first year of university with the girls last Thursday (after our final exam), yesterday was the real celebration. Every year Roehampton university finish of the year with a Summer Ball, which is more a one day festival than an actual ball. With good music (The Wombats, Katy B and more), good drinks and good company, it was of course an amazing day, which I will never forget. It also made me realise how much I love my university, and how lucky I am to be studying my dream course here, in London. As my first year have come to an end, I thought I would write some words about my experiences with Roehampton University and the Journalism course.

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Last year, one of my biggest challenges was choosing which university to study at. I knew I wanted to move to London, but there are so many universities that offer a good journalism course here, and I had a hard time choosing where to apply, and then where to study. What if I chose the “wrong” place, and did not enjoy it? I know quite a lot of people who have started university here, and either dropped out in the middle of their first year, or moved back home/ changed university after finishing their first year. I really didn’t want that for me.

After being indecisive for a long time, I finally ended up with choosing Roehampton. There were a lot of factors that helped me make my choice, but some of the most important was that my course had gotten good reviews, the university seemed to be a top rank one, it was not the most expensive one (I got a scholarship here) and the campus seemed to be so beautiful and amazing. I fell in love with the idea of going there, and started counting down the days.

Since then, I have never regretted my decision. Roehampton has treated me so well, and I have learned so much. I feel so lucky to be taught by such talented and experienced teachers, at such an amazing university. I have been lucky enough to meet so many amazing people who are now some of my best friends, both from my course and other. In addition, Roehampton is so good at the social side of university, with student nights, parties, cafés and restaurants and of course summer ball. Even though I have lived of campus, I have tried to participate in as much as possible, and I feel like I have spent a lot of time on campus, both for coursework and social activities.

But, even though there is a lot of fun and social stuff going on, it is of course first of all a university where I study for my BA Journalism degree, which I have now finished one year off. It feels so crazy! The year has been hectic and stressful, but luckily there has been periods with less work, and more time for fun. I have often thought about writing about all of my journalism modules, but I don’t know if anyone is actually interested in that (let me know!). All in all, I have learnt a lot of basics about journalism and newswriting, I have read and analysed a lot of news, and I have also learnt a lot about British politics, which is of course important when it comes to British journalism. As I have taken 20 extra credits with my Arabic course, I have had a lot of busy days and a huge amount of work, but looking back at it now it has definitely all been worth it. I have learnt so much about how to read, write and act as a journalist, and I have interviewed people and written about events that I could never have imagined a year ago. I have definitely been put out of my comfort zone on several occasions, and it has sometimes been scary and stressful, but this is what I want to do in the future, so this is just the beginning.

I think it is difficult to answer people when they tell me that they are unsure about studying journalism, and if I think they would enjoy it. First of all, the course might be completely different from university to university, and especially country to country. Second of all, I feel like a course like this is a lot about what you put into it. Every persons experience will be different, and everyone will have their own strengths and weaknesses. After what I have experienced, I would not recommend studying journalism to someone who is not sure about it. You have to put so much of yourself into it, and always push yourself and do a lot of work all by yourself, something that can be really difficult if you are not 100% committed and sure. I am not saying you need to know a lot about journalism beforehand, you will of course learn everything “from scratch”. But no one can learn you to be passionate about reading and writing news, and if you are not used to reading and analysing news every single day, it will be difficult to suddenly start while you have all of your other course work. Do not just study journalism because you enjoy to write or because you think the work looks fun; you need to read and write so much news, and if that does not interest you then you will have a really hard time. Journalism is also a lot less creative than what a lot of people think, and even though you will have to write a lot, it will be from a strict journalistic structure (which you will of course learn – no worries!). Another thing is of course that it is no secret that it is extremely difficult to get a job in journalism these days, so if you want a future in it, you need to work as hard as possible, make contacts and get noticed. But, if you are passionate and make the most out of it, you will learn so much and have such a good time doing it, gaining so much experience from day 1.

I am extremely happy about my choice to study Journalism at Roehampton University, and I would recommend both the university and course to everyone who is interested! I could have written pages upon pages about my course and university, but to be honest I think this is enough for now. I know that a lot of you are now in the process of choosing your university and course for next year, and I just thought I would share some of my experiences. If you have questions at all, do not hesitate to comment this post or e-mail me, and I will reply as quickly as possible. No matter what and where you choose, I wish you good luck and all the best for the future. Your years as a student will most likely be some of the best years you ever have ♥

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Thank you Roehampton!