I’ve just been asked why I moved universities and whether it was for the best, and whether I’d recommend anyone did the same. It’s not really an area of my life that I dwell on too much, think or talk about... until now anyway.
Moving from Oxford Brookes to Bournemouth was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made and I don’t wish anyone to be in that position. Oxford Brookes is a fantastic university in its own right. And some of the courses there really are the best. Communications, Media and Culture was not one of these. Certainly not for me, and it didn’t have anywhere near enough Public Relations content for me.
However, I’d be lying if I said that was my only reason for leaving. It’s very easy to get caught up in “moving out” for the first time and experiencing new lifestyles as a student. And I’m sure most people would agree, for your first year, it doesn’t matter all that much if studying takes a back seat. Moving into second year though, you do need to settle down and for want of a better phrase, grow up. To do this, you also need the right people around you.
I made some amazing friends at Brookes, some who I’m still in contact with now but you can also meet the wrong kind of people; universities attract a lot of people with no direct aim and sadly, are solely there for the social scene. For me atleast, these weren’t the people I needed around me.
Starting afresh, on a better course, solely dedicated to Public Relations was an amazing opportunity for me. I don’t regret the transfer and I certainly don’t regret my change in attitude. But that is another aspect you need to consider before transferring. Are you going to change your attitude towards your degree, your career and your life? If the answer’s no, then moving university isn’t going to make any difference.
I was exceptionally lucky when I transferred, I met some amazingly dedicated people who really influenced me. I immediately got involved with work experience opportunities and started discussions with the union about launching BU Trampolining. As much as I hate to think it, even say it, if I’d met other groups of people upon moving, I may not have been so lucky. But I do believe that everything happens for a reason and since transferring, I’ve made my CV what it is today and the people who I have met in the past two years, continue to inspire me. I wouldn’t go back to Brookes for anything.
Would I suggest that anyone else followed in my footsteps? No, probably not. Am I pleased I did it? Yes. But on advising others whether to transfer? I can’t make the decision or tell anyone else what’s best for them. It really has to be down to you, what you want and whether you’re prepared to work for it.