A blog by Lauren Bird-Hall, 1st year BA Classical Studies with Ancient Egyptian Culture, Lampeter Campus

My name’s Lauren and I’ve just finished my first year studying Classical Studies with Ancient Egyptian Culture at the Lampeter campus. This time last year I had finished my A- Level exams and was eagerly awaiting the results. UWTSD was my first choice for university but I had applied to other universities as well; Birmingham, Liverpool, Swansea and Bristol. I picked it because the course seemed so much better suited to me than the others I had looked at. The location was pretty, the people were nice and it wasn’t too far from home.

The lake about 45 minutes away from campus

The lake about 45 minutes away from campus

After I received my results and I knew I had been accepted, I was really nervous but excited! I immediately signed up to the Lampeter campus page to find my flatmates and meet other people doing my course.

My flatmates and I; (I'm third from the right!)

My flatmates and I; (I’m third from the right!)

Actually speaking to people before I went to Lampeter made a huge difference and it meant that I felt a lot more confident actually moving on the day. Enrolment was the first big step in the university process; you are given a lot of information in a short period of time but take the time to look at the leaflets for everything. It will come in handy later on. There are three things I would advise you to do within your first few weeks at Lampeter:

  1. Listen to all the information you are given- Make sure you re-read the leaflets you are given over the next few weeks. Especially pay attention to the library loans and always keep the map of Lampeter handy, you never know when you might need it.
  2. Speak to people- All of the people in Lampeter are lovely; that includes your lecturers! It’s a good idea to go to Fresher’s and meet different people but first get to know your flatmates; they’re the people you will spend most of your time with. For the first week, my flatmates and I didn’t go to some of the Freshers events, but we all feel like the time we spent together instead really cemented our friendship.
  3. ENJOY YOURSELF! – Uni is a strange experience. Most of you will be being independent for the first time and it’s scary. But remember, your parents are only a phone call away. For me, I phone my mum every night out of habit. Some of my flatmates phone their parents once a week. Try new things and have fun!
Lampeter at night

Lampeter at night