Appreciate the journey of university!
My name is Bethany Amott, I am 22 years old and I grew up in the Kent countryside. I studied veterinary nursing science at UWE, but was based up in Hartpury for my lectures.
As of July this year I am a registered veterinary nurse working in a first opinion and referral veterinary hospital in Whitchurch, which is a small village just south of Bristol. Aside from work I enjoy sport, last year I joined a local hockey team, which has been great, despite the almost weekly injuries!
Asking me to sum up my uni experience in one sentence is difficult as I see my four years of studying split into 3 very distinct parts, but I suppose I could say that it has been a time where I not only learned how to become a veterinary nurse, which has been a lifelong ambition of mine, but I have leant to be independent, self confident and to try new experiences.
My first year was very different to most freshers. I lived on a farm in the middle of the countryside of Gloucestershire, which was an incredible experience but it made it hard to integrate myself into the social life of uni. However, I made the effort and attended the Christian Union and a church in Bristol, where I made some amazing friends, and during this time have had many challenging yet uplifting experiences with God.
My advice to freshers would be to get involved, make the effort to go to the CU, church, and other clubs. After four years of uni, most of the friends I have kept in contact with are those I met during my first few months.
Looking back on my final year gives me many memories and emotions, both good and bad. It is a very stressful and difficult year, but it flies by! My advice for final year students would be to look up, and appreciate the time you have. Look to the future and imagine yourself where you want to be at the end of your degree and strive towards it. Get started early on your dissertation, give yourself small deadlines throughout the year to reach to save yourself from last minute panic! The highs of my final year were learning to completely rely and hand everything over to God, I really learnt what faith actually means! Potentially the most rewarding thing was getting my results, the feeling of achievement is incredible!
Appreciate the journey of university! Make friends who are willing to make the journey with you and use the time to further your journey with God, see what his plans are for you and strive towards them!