Visiting Hatfield University and Creative Writing: by Gemma, aged 16.
Over the Easter break I went to the university & creative writing transition workshop. In the morning we learnt about Hatfield University and all about the Hatfield campus. We were taught about finance, student loans, choosing the right course for me and much more.
Did you know that there are over 43,000 subjects to study?
We were also given a lot of good advice about personal statements. For example, when writing a personal statement make sure you are honest, you show your interest and knowledge of the course. Also, put down your skills, abilities and career motivation. It is important to support these points with evidence like achievements and work experience.
Then we went through the pros and cons of university. Some pros are; you gain independence and new skills, you can meet new people and you can do something you love. Some cons are; it doesn’t always make you get a graduate job, there’s a lot of time studying and you can be in class for 3-20 hours a week depending on the course.
We also had a lovely tour around the campus.
There are shops, a Starbucks, a gym, library and lots more
After lunch we had an author, Joanna Ingham, come in. It was time for our creative writing. We talked a bit about ourselves and got to know each other better. We read some poems and discussed how the writer was feeling and why. We imagined that we were writing our own autobiography. We wrote down what our cover, title, a few sentences from different parts of the book would be. It was great fun.
Then we thought of a picture and described it. After a while we imagined we were animals.
The whole day was amazing and it gave me the chance to make a friend.