So I recently started a Digital Content internship with Newcastle University, and my responsibilities include creating engaging content for prospective / current students. I’m particularly proud of this blog post where I write about my journey coming to Newcastle University!
Studying abroad at a top university had always been a dream of mine, and now I have the immense privilege of it being my reality. Upon reflection, it has been quite a journey indeed!
Pursuing Media & Communication in the UK
(My brilliant TEDx Talk at Newcastle University… okay, okay, I was just pretending)
After completing a Diploma in Communication and Media at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, I wanted to thrive in this field even further by pursuing an overseas education. I started by looking at universities based on QS World University rankings and course rankings.
Five universities were deemed worthy of making it into my UCAS application – Sheffield, Nottingham, Lancaster, Cardiff, and of course, Newcastle. I had a smooth journey with my UCAS application thanks to IDP Education, an overseas education consulting agency with a branch in my hometown, Subang Jaya.
The Grand Offering
(Personalised GIFs and inspiring posters from the University hyped me up about coming here!)
I managed to get unconditional offers to all five universities, but Newcastle was the earliest to give me a response – after only 4 days! Since Newcastle was my first offer, it gave me significant hope that I could truly achieve this aspiration of flying to the UK.
However, I needed to argue my case to receive a convertible loan to study abroad, so I chose Newcastle which offered me direct entry into Year 2. I officially accepted the offer to pursue a BA (Hons) in Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies! My family was over the moon, and my friends felt extremely proud.
Newcastle was honestly not my first choice among the five, and I’d heard from a friend about how terribly cold and windy it is. Luckily, the University’s You Belong Here campaign gave me the extra encouragement I needed!