Overall it feels pretty good to be graduating. Pretty daunting also as university is never somewhere I expected to end up at, and certainly not to have done as well as I have. It still feels a bit surreal!
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I initially came to the first open day in October. All the staff I met were very friendly and welcoming, more than happy to give advice and to discuss what my thoughts were at that current time. I then made a return visit in the spring time (after open days at other universities) and it reinforced my initial gut instinct that Abertay was where I felt I would be most suited.
Coming as a mature student, I felt it set me up in a good position for university life. I entered into 3rd year and knew that everything I did from day 1 was going to count toward my final degree qualification. I had already come from an incredibly demanding work environment, and I knew I wasn’t shy of hard work! I have also always been pragmatic and sensible in time management and handling tasks, therefore I knew I should (and did) settle in ok!
My highlights at Abertay would definitely have been 1) handing in my dissertation, 2) finding out I had received an A for it, and 3) finding out I had achieved a 1st class degree. On the back of a very tough personal year which had a big impact on 4th year, and I had thought I had messed things up. However I managed to get myself back on track. I have also made some great friends and built up good links with fellow peers, lecturers and people working within the industry, external to Abertay.
Initially, I will be aiming to complete my MBr at Abertay university. All going well with this, I can progress my research onto a PhD, which is generally required to become a university lecturer. Secondly, I am to gain my UKSCA accreditation, a sought after qualification and is regarded as one of the best both in the UK and worldwide. All going well I aim to have this completed prior to re-commencing my studies. Assuming time permits and I can manage both, I would like to get my own coaching business up and running on the side of my studies however this will be of secondary concern.