• Ella Sampson

Uni Advice | What Drove Me To Journalism

Starting university is such a big deal and a huge achievement. To carry on your education and get a degree in something you enjoy is really rewarding. Obviously this year is going to be slightly different for the freshers starting; do they get the famous "freshers week"? University is not for everyone - that's important to remember that. You should only go because YOU want to go. You shouldn't feel like you have to go because that's the "norm" or that you're only going because your family want you to. Of course parents are going to support you and encourage you to go - I'm not saying that's wrong. What isn't correct is them making feel like you have to go. Yes encourage you to go because you want to, but you shouldn't go for the sake of it if you're not going to enjoy it - let's face it, it's a waste of money if you don't want to go.


From experience, starting university is a real different chapter in life. You get to meet so many amazing friends but in my case, also the idiots of the world! I got placed into halls which was all great at first - I made some amazing friends of whom I will remain in contact with for a very long time. After leaving halls, there are about five people out of the approx eighteen I want to remain friends with. There were situations in my case of being woken up during the middle of night over stupid circumstances which I didn't think were fair to wake me up. Along with that, you do experience the immaturity of the world. It made me realise some people really do need to grow the f*** up and act their own age. I'm not saying don't have fun - I'm all for that. What am I saying though if you are going to university, have a little respect for other people's spaces and rooms. It's not really fair to be constantly annoying and doing stupid pranks like locking people out of their bedroom and attempting to wake them up when they're asleep. You just need to understand people's boundaries and respect that. I don't need to worry anymore - I got away! I can't wait to move in my new apartment and start my next chapter of university. If you do find yourself in a situation like mine, then tell the university or a personal tutor. That's what they are there for!

I've known for a long time I wanted to do Journalism at university, and I found myself at Plymouth Marjon University. It's great because classes are smaller so there is more of a focus towards you and your work. Essentially, you're not a number here - they actually know your name! I do love university life here - it's a very tight nit university and you sort of begin to know everyone the longer you spend time on campus. As I previously said, I made some lovely friends on my floor of my halls and some great ones in my Journalism class too - one now becoming my boyfriend! The lecturer's are very supportive of your work and you're able to form a great relationship with them too!

The opportunities I have received are great. Most recently we had a talk with BBC South West's (BBC Spotlight) Justin Leigh, who is the presenter of the news show. Alongside that, we held a Q&A session with Luke Pollard, a Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport. I've known I wanted to do journalism with the idea of becoming a radio presenter - the amount of people I've come across know that I can absolutely talk for England (I apologise in advance if you haven't met me!). However, recently whilst in lockdown, I found myself writing more and more - I even wrote for an online magazine. So right now I know what area I want to focus my career into, it's just what specific field now. I was so sure when I decided, and I still enjoy radio work. Maybe it's just a case of a little exploration. Right now, I have all my doors open awaiting for any opportunities that come my way. I just know that I want to go into something that I enjoy and love doing, and when it comes to choosing a course that's what you should do too. I'm confident talking and meeting new people, hence why I can cope easily on the course because you have to interview and meet others! Look up the course you want to do. Can you see yourself doing it? Remember you are going to be dedicating at least three years if not more to this course? Basically, are you committed enough?

Q&A with Luke Pollard, MP
Q&A with Luke Pollard, MP

I love what I do, and I am so excited to see what's in store for us next academic year. All so many exciting things coming up and I can't wait to see what the future holds!


Best wishes and good luck if you are soon heading on your university journey,


EJ x

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