Annabel and University

08:22

University is something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I was little. I can’t really remember the reason why. No one in my family ever went, but my parents still encouraged it. One thing people forget about these days is that there are other options. Just because the vast majority of people are going to University nowadays doesn’t mean it’s the only way to be successful, and whilst my heart was set on University, I always kept this in mind.

In the summer of 2012, I finished 6th Form and waited for my A-Level results. When they eventually came through it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I still got in to study Photographic Journalism at Leeds Metropolitan University. But I had changed my mind. I didn’t really want to study this anymore. So I took a year out, and worked. I’d like to say that I saved up money but honestly I have no idea where it all went. I re-sat my exams in February 2013 and waited until June for my results. This time I had applied to Events Management at Leeds Met. When my results came through again, I saw that I had gotten the same as last time. I was gutted. I figured once again I wouldn’t be going to Uni as the course I wanted needed 300 UCAS points and I had 200.

When it came to results day in August (and also when Unis accept or reject applications), I thought I would just check the UCAS website and get the closure I needed.
Congratulations! You have been accepted into Leeds Metropolitan University to study Events Management”
Well I definitely wasn’t expecting that.
So 1 year after all of my classmates began their degrees, I finally started mine.

I’ve always loved planning events and putting on parties, especially if there’s a theme involved, then I go absolutely nuts on decorations. I figured that this would be a course that I would enjoy, and I was right. Don’t get me wrong, there are always elements that are boring as heck, but there are so many parts that are interesting.

My course is 4 years, meaning I had a placement year between 1st and 2nd year. I worked in the Marketing Department of a dance school in Leeds and absolutely loved it. It showed me that there are all kinds of different departments that I can go into with events, and Marketing is definitely one that I would consider.

Along with this I’ve been volunteering at multiple different events in and around Leeds to kind of build up my CV and just get some experience of various events. These include Total Warrior (twice), Pretty Muddy, The Narnia Experience, Kongsberg Automotive Factory Opening and a Ripon Dance Academy performance.

Another opportunity with this course (and plenty of other courses I might add) is to go on Study Abroad. Let me tell you, this is the best decision I have ever made in my 21 years. Australia was always the 1 country I would never go on holiday to (because if it can kill you, it’s probably Down Under). But when I was offered a place to study there, I took it up straight away and never thought twice about it.


Events Management wasn’t something I ever though I’d get a degree in. Until I saw the course in Leeds Met’s prospectus I didn’t really know it existed. But as Leeds Met is the UK’s Centre for Events Management, I know that I picked a good course for me in the right University.  It’s already gone so quick and I can’t believe I graduate in a year!

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