You may be wondering why I'm suddenly being so British with my greeting and that is precisely because today I'll be sharing a little bit about my life here in London, UK and what it's like to study in a British university.
I've decided to start this new segment on my channel dedicated to your questions so we can get to know each other a bit more and hopefully, my experiences will help you in some way, whether you're planning to study in the UK or anything related or even unrelated to that.
So as for your questions, let's start from the most common ones:
I am aware that most of you guys don't live in the UK and may not be familiar with how universities here differ from your own country's, so here are a few pointers you might want to get familiar with.
Most university degrees in the UK last fro 3 years, unless you're doing medicine or engineering (or taking a Foundation year, which simply means you either didn't have the necessary grades to start from year 1 or your English level is not high enough to study in university yet)
Most degrees are usually more focused than in the US, for example. There is no such a thing as 'a liberal arts' degree where the student can take any classes pretty much form any discipline until they figure out what they want to major in. In the UK, and specifically in my degree, we were not given any choice of modules in the first year and we get to choose a few in the next 2 years, but the modules will not be math or science related in any way because that is not what the course entails. Basically, I haven't studied math or sciences since graduating high school (oh lord.... how am I gonna do taxes when I forgot how to math?!)
Universities in the UK have clubs and societies, which you can join for a small fee (which keeps the society going and enables you to do activities and take trips). There are also sports teams for any of you who may be interested. I was definitely more interested in sports than societies because the drama or choir societies were not really up to par with my expectations ^^
3. Why did I decide to study Cultural and Creative Industries?
Well, I've always been that artsy-fartsy drama kid in school and I absolutely loved classes where we got to think outside of the box and just create things. I took classes like Photography, Graphic Design, Drama and Choir in high school so you can see where all that was taking me. Originally, I wanted to go to acting school but then I realised that in order to be an actress I don't necessarily need a degree but in order to be anything else, I do. So there went my hopes for acting school... ^^ Plus, university is just one of those experiences you might as well have, IMO. I've mentioned in the video that I took an acting course in Guildford School of Acting and as amazing of an experience as that was, my mind was set on finding the perfect university degree for myself to study. I was actually one of those paranoid kids who thought about university since freshman year of high school. That was probably due to the fact that I always had senior friends who were busy with applications and preparing for college. So, basically I had 4 whole years to think about what I wanted to do and I browsed the crap out of all possible and impossible universities all over the world in search for that perfect degree. In the end I settled for what appeared to be perfect and it technically is but I definitely over estimated how creative my degree will be (read on if you want to find out if I have any regrets in choosing my degree...... :).
4. Why did I chose to study int he UK?
Originally, I wanted to apply to universities in South Korea but when I told my parents they pretty much got a heart attack and begged me to pick a country a little bit closer to home. Considering, how Korea was my one and only dream country I didn't really care where else to go. I never felt a pull from the US and countries like Canada and Australia were just as far as Korea, I simply picked the next English speaking country, which was the UK. Tada! :)
5. What extracurricular activities do I do outside of university?
This year I decided to take part in two societies/sport teams: competitive cheerleading and mountaineering. I really enjoyed both but mountaineering definitely caught my attention beyond just a university society. I enjoy it so much that I started doing it outside of university. If any of you are interested, I go to the Mile End Climbing Wall. As for cheerleading, my university actually has two cheerleading teams, Varsity and Competitive team. Varsity team simply shakes their pompoms around and cheers for other sport teams during their games (not that I have anything against that). The competitive cheerleading team is a sport team in itself. We go to competitions and perform stunt routines with tumbles and dances. I really enjoyed being a flyer even though it was extremely difficult (especially considering how tall and 'big' I am for a flyer) and scary. There are a few reasons why I wouldn't want to continue with cheerleading. First of all, I'm not a fan of tight skimpy uniforms and the enormous amounts of fake tan and make up. That way of dressing is just so foreign to me and I really didn't feel comfortable in it. Also, the fact that it is a very competitive sport turned me off as well because I'm not a competitive person by nature. So yea, I'm definitely going to stick with climbing (bouldering, to be precise) even when I'm done with university because it brings me so much joy.