Hayley Bywater, BSc Mental Health Nursing

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

I am originally from Mid-Wales, I moved to Swansea a few years ago, primarily for work. I was working at Swansea University within the catering department as a catering assistant for a few years prior to deciding to return to education.

How did you feel when you entered the clearing process?

Incredibly anxious. So many thoughts and emotions go through your mind when you enter clearing, the uncertainty can be unbearable and you really do have to enter the clearing process with a positive mental attitude. 

Why did you choose Swansea University after going through the clearing process?

After working for the university for many years prior, I felt that I knew the university well enough to know that I would be attending a university with one of the best learning environments and friendliest students and staff I have accounted. There was no doubt that I would develop personally and academically at Swansea University.

Plus, both Singleton and the bay campus are located in stunning places (a stone’s throw from the beach!).

What would you say to other students going through the same thing?

Everything will be ok!

Although it can be incredibly disheartening at first, keep going. Weigh up your options, and although there is a need to be quick with responding to a university to confirm a clearing place, do not be put off taking a little time to just take a breath and make the right decision for you.

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

My highlight whilst studying at Swansea University is probably my first day. I was so nervous and excited at the same time. It was an amazing feeling to meet likeminded people, which have since developed into friendships.

There is nothing quite like sitting in the lecture room, surrounded by hundreds of people and finally feeling that you belong. 

What’s been your favourite part of the course so far?

My favourite part of the course so far has been going out onto clinical placement and putting the theory taught in the college into practise. There is a real sense of achievement being able to implement an aspect of care that directly helps a person.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

After I graduate (and I have had a well-deserved holiday), I am hoping to work in CAMHs within the south Wales area. 

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students? (Please explain why)

Definitely.

The students and staff are incredibly friendly and helpful.

There’s plenty of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that cater for such a wide variety of interests. The fresher’s fair pulls together all of the different facilities, societies and clubs which gives you the tip of the iceberg of student services.

Both Singleton and Bay campus have everything you could need on site and allows the opportunity to balance both learning and personal interests and hobbies.

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