Coming to university was a daunting experience for me. The stress of having to make new friends, be independent, all the while keeping up with studies can be quite overwhelming. But with the support from the staff and students at York, I realised that university isn’t as scary as it seems.
One of the best things about being here is the fact that university colleges and chemistry teaching colleges exist
Even before arriving in York, the university does a great job at checking in on students and putting them in contact with helpful people. Any concerns I had before coming to university were quickly resolved.
Our STYCs (second and third-year contacts) and chemistry mentors were there to offer their support and understanding when I needed it most while helping me transition into the first weeks of being here.
I now consider York to be my second home. The campus and town are beautiful places with architecture that gives a cosy atmosphere and greenery that feels like a breath of fresh air.
The people here add even more to the environment as everyone seems so friendly and helpful. I wouldn’t have been able to settle down so easily if it weren’t for my flatmates or coursemates.
One of the best things about being here is the fact that university colleges and chemistry teaching colleges exist. Building relationships and even doing group work has been less of a struggle since you meet the same people and you truly get to know them over time.
While I used to be nervous asking questions about things I didn’t understand, I find it so simple now that I’ve become familiar with the people around me. If I do need extra help, lecturers and advisors are always quick to be there!
The university does a great job of equipping students with the tools needed to stand out in a competitive job market, while also understanding the circumstances of each and every student.
Knowing that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the learning of incoming first-year students, with many of us having limited experience in the lab and differing levels of knowledge, the beginning of the course provides students with general background knowledge to make sure every student is on the same page.
Practical work starts off as a practice for students to make sure they know the safety guidelines of the lab and the basic principles of conducting practical experiments, while the lectures and tutorials cover topics that we’ve touched on in secondary school, but with a deeper understanding.
I feel ridiculously lucky to have the opportunity to learn and spend the next few years of my life here. The environment at York allows for a great balance between academics, extracurriculars, and socializing. The community and teaching have been so accommodating and fantastic, which is what makes me even more excited for the years to come.