Laura's story

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

I was working full time in a food company and also working for a caring agency in my spare time. I played football for a women’s team called Britton Ferry ladies and lived with my friend in the nearby Swansea area.

How did you feel when you entered the clearing process?

Originally I had applied for the course itself on the off chance, not really expecting to get far but thought I had nothing to lose. I passed through to the interview stage but afterwards learnt I was not successful. When entering the clearing process I was disheartened as I thought there wasn’t much hope in getting into Swansea - my first choice university through the entire process. I was very nervous, but again thought there was nothing to lose at this point and it was worth a shot.

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

I had always wanted to attend Swansea University as it's known to be one of the best for the course I was pursuing. Swansea University was also in my home town which was great for me as I didn’t want to move and leave my job behind. Swansea offers one of the best nursing programs around and my mother attended this University when she was studying to become a nurse herself.

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

Don’t give up hope when you get to the clearing process because some people do get through and spaces are available. And if you are successful it is because you deserve to be there and not just luck of the draw. I spent a lot of the first year thinking I had got into the course by the skin of my teeth and that I did not deserve a place as much as the other students who had got in on their first attempt, but this is not the case and I know now that I have as much potential as everyone else.

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

  • The highlight of my year is the practical sessions
  • The mental health assessment day
  • Meeting a fantastic group of people who share the same views and opinions as myself
  • Meeting amazing people who challenge my views and opinions with their own
  • Passing my safemed exam with 100%

This whole year has continuously kept me on my toes and there’s always something new and exciting going on.

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

The mental health assessment day showed a new and interesting way to teach students about the different ways of assessing patients. It showed the different approaches some nurses take when speaking to people with different needs.

I never knew learning about blood could be so interesting until I had a lecture by Dr. Chris Wigham and Keith Bradley-Adams' outlook on patients has given me a whole new view on person centred care.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

I have never really been one to look into the future too much until I started this course, but my hopes for the future are to qualify with my nursing degree and get a job within an EMI unit.

And my biggest hope for the future is that I hope to make a difference to someone’s life the way some of the lecturers and nurses have to mine.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students? 

I would 100% recommend Swansea University to other students who aren’t quite sure. It is one of the more friendly Universities I have come across and the staff are always willing to help you out. It has a great atmosphere on campus and there are always student events going on.


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