The Student’s Thought: I Am Missing University Despite Everything

Being a goal driven person is the best, Never an unproductive day in sight. Every morning waking up with a spurt of energy and a song in my heart. However, to some of my peers, the thought of waking up before the sunrise is the stuff of nightmares. The sound of an alarm clock blaring out some rotten tune is enough to send a cold shiver down the spine.

I am a mornings person, I am the early bird that caught the worm before I have even had a morning coffee. I hear my alarm clock gently waking me up with The Today Programme and within the 5 minutes of the News headlines I am up and active, dressed in gym kit I am eager to get going.

Watching the sunrise with my breakfast in hand, I begin to think of how my time away from the university has helped my inner peace. Life at University is fantastic and full of excitement, but at the same time, university life is challenging and mentally taxing. More than what the younger Jordan thought of during those challenging days in college.

Each weekday waking up at 6am, having to spend an hour on public transport reading a newspaper to catch up on current events, Walking across a city for half an hour to attend an hour lecture in a room full of tired and possibly hungover course mates, to only find the day ending after that dreaded 9am lecture. The next day having to do the same again, but this time having to stay over in Sunderland for 4-hour break between the Lecture and a seminar. Thank goodness for the local gym and coffee shops.

On top of the long lectures and the even longer breaks, trying to fit in the social time with the tired and hungover course mates is impossible to get right. Having to pretend I care about being social when all I want to do is work out at the gym followed by some all-important research for the essays that are due in a month.

Come to the end of the day, and the thought of public transport is returning, Another hour on a bus filled with miserable and unhappy commuters, throw in some drunken idiot, and I’ve found the closest thing to actual Hell on earth. If I had a £1 coin for every time, I’d thought of ditching this horrible routine I would have enough to quit my side job of stacking shelves.

Having been off for six weeks it’s something that I have grown to miss, being a productive and always on a person means I hate not having something to do or somewhere to be, I get frustrated and bored. This is what my life could have been if I hadn’t made the leap to University.

Studying at University is the greatest decision I have ever made, I regained my passion for learning after a long time studying something I hated, My mind has been opened to a whole new world of thinking attending every class. When the night comes, and bedtime approaches, I get that same excitement I feel on a morning.

As I finish my breakfast and lock up the house, I say to myself “Its one more week before I go back and I am ready for the next challenge”. But before that, I got to get through a heavy gym session and a shift stacking shelves.

The Pursuit of Journalism: My UCAS Statement

I have a passion for Journalism, my love for the industry is paramount to the articles I write for not just JT but any organisation or event I cover.  Of course, I want to pursue this at university and to do that I had to write a UCAS statement,

As I have now secured my place at Sunderland University, I may as well show the world how much this statement means to me and the level of effort I put into it. Please enjoy, my personal statement.

UCAS Personal Statement

By Jordan Dodds

Journalism BA (Hons) At Sunderland University

Journalism requires the journalist to have an inquisitive mind and the drive to uphold the accountable. Especially with the gap between “journalism” and “the truth”. We’ve all seen Fake News and how it can damage the industry and mislead. It makes us question everything, what is the truth? Is everything we see correct? and do I believe what they are saying?

We see it every day, the accountable talking down to the press and accusing us of spreading lies. The likes of the Trump Administration warping the truth and creating fear propaganda, Michael Gove and Boris Johnston throwing inaccurate statistics around for us to believe. This is what fuels the fight for the real truth, the fight I’d love to join.

Journalism requires the student to be curious and hungry for information. I believe in working hard, devoting 100% and always being open to new ideas and methods. This is fundamental in the modern landscape of the industry as the online presence takes over the old-school print.

Studying IT in further education has developed my word processing skills to a high level and given myself an eye for creativity. Being able to produce reports to standard and creating graphics as well as functioning programmes have all helped develop fundamental computer skills.

I have created my own WordPress blog on current events, covering topics such as Brexit, Donald Trump and the Snap Election this past year ranging from opinion based articles through to providing insightful commentary. I have also created original news stories through my work with a local charity acting as the charities event reporter.

I am a confident and creative writer. As mentioned previously, I have set up my own website to showcase my writing, I also hold a GCSE Grade 7 (Grade A) in English Language. I am also a confident public speaker and enjoy producing monologues and speeches around current events. For the speaking and listening exam, I performed a monologue on the rise of “Fake News” and the Events of Brexit and Donald Trump Winning the 2016 US Presidential Election. I discussed with passion how we surround ourselves in a bubble with only our thoughts and viewpoints, shunning those with differentiating opinions and shutting down free debate on hot-button topics.

During secondary school, I was selected to be a sports leadership student, I worked with the PE teachers providing assistants in lessons and after-school clubs. I have also held the role of Student Representative. I represented my peers in a series of meetings with college management, providing management with ideas, critiques and suggestions from a student perspective.

I currently work with Integrating Children and Young People, a charity that helps autistic and disabled children and young adults socialise. I work with the Project Manager for content in the monthly newsletter. I am responsible for setting up my own field reports and creating original and interesting content for the newsletter.

In my spare time, I like to keep active and healthy, to achieve this I attend a local gym up to four times a week, working on weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise. I have found this to beneficial to my mental health and wellbeing.

Sunderland University is renowned for Journalism, from its partnership with Made Television to its own radio station Spark, Being a student of Sunderland University will help my career in Journalism.

After University, I intend to go into Journalism and become a reporter for a news outlet. Using the skills developed to report the real truth. Upholding the likes of the Trump Administration, Boris Johnston and Michael Gove Accountable.

For Journaling Thoughts, I’m Jordan Dodds.