University will be the best three years of your life, they say. Well I’m now entering my fifth year of study and that statement is mostly true, however, if there’s one thing I regret not doing in my earlier years, it’s starting up my own project.
For those of you who’ve just received your results and have secured your place at university, your first priority is likely to be getting as drunk as possible; there’s nothing wrong with that of course, but there’s so much more to university than drinking and hungover lectures.
University is an opportunity to explore who you want to be and where you’re heading. In many cases, your chosen subject of study may not lead directly into the field you wish to work in; you may not even know what you want to do yet. I did a history degree and the only thing I knew was that I didn’t want to be a historian.
Instead, between the tail end of my degree and starting my postgraduate studies, I set up Sheffield Hallam’s newspaper. Why? Because I saw the university lacked a resource that is often a staple of many other universities, but also because I wanted to get involved with something that had always interested me, the media.