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Why I chose English

Alya Omar Study

Hello guys! Today, I’m going to talk a little about my course, why I chose it and what it’s like being an English student here at Northumbria University.

Why did I chose to study English Literature with Creative Writing? Simply put, I chose to study English because it was within my area of interest. Literature has always been something I’ve been keen on pursuing for a long time. Personally, I think it’s important to study what you want to study, especially in university. Trust me, I know what it’s like to do things you aren’t really interested in, and that’s why I’d like to emphasize that importance. It’s not worth wasting three years of something you don’t feel strongly about just to impress other people!

The modules offered at Northumbria fit in quite well with my area of interest (which is mentioned in the video), and seemed more appealing to me compared to the other universities I considered. Also, because I was going to enrol in a joint honours degree, I was glad that they offered a good balance of modules, especially in the first two years!

As far as Newcastle is concerned, I can honestly say that it’s an affordable city to stay in! The location of our university, and even our student halls themselves are all a short distance away from the City Centre itself, so you don’t need to travel far to get what you need! Even if partying isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of other things to do. We have teahouses that open till late, and you can always venture to places like the quayside to help get some peace of mind. Better yet, if cats makes you feel all sorts of fluffy happiness, then the cat café near the quayside should be right up your alley!

Being in the last year of my undergraduate studies, I’ve really enjoyed my course. I’ve learned a lot about myself throughout the years, and I now have a clearer picture of the things I’d like to pursue in the future. I’ve also learned a bunch of transferrable skills that I know will benefit me in my future endeavours, which is definitely a good thing! Where facilities are concerned, the library is an amazing place that’s seriously helped me throughout my student life at Northumbria. We have an access to a number of amazing resources, and even if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can request an inter-library loan. Alternatively, you can also place an order through the library to bring the book in, which is something that definitely helped me this year.

You’ll also have one less thing to worry about during your studies in Northumbria, thanks to the ever-so-supportive (and passionate) academic staff. Honestly, you’ll be in good hands throughout the duration of your studies, as long as you do your part as a student. I’m saying this from experience!

Lipman Building (where our faculty is located) houses a café, which is convenient if you have continuous classes there and don’t really feel like venturing out in-between, especially when the weather is less-than-satisfactory! I mean, it’s not really the best feeling going out in the gloomy rain, is it? Plus, as mentioned in the video, we do serve up a pretty nice cup of hot chocolate. Also, we’ve recently acquired a nice little hub of our own on the 3rd floor of exclusively for Humanities students, so if you ever need a spot away from everyone else, you know where to go!

Of course, let’s not forget about what it’s like being a student in general. For me, being a student is an experience, like one of those stages in life we just have to go through. Granted, it does get stressful at times but hey, it’s all part of the learning experience, isn’t it? I don’t mean to sound cliché, but my experience here has been such an overwhelmingly positive experience, and I’m more than glad that I decided to come here. So, if you’re looking to create worthwhile experiences throughout your university life, then Northumbria University is definitely a good choice. Seriously!

That said, I sincerely hope that my vlog and article benefit those of you who are considering of taking up English as a degree. If you’re curious to know more about us, feel free to check us out on the university website, or better yet, drop by to one of our Open Days if you can. We’ll be more than happy to answer any burning questions you may have about our faculty and the English courses themselves!

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