Why I chose to study at Wrexham University
My name is Maham Munawwar, and I am a Policing student at Wrexham University. In this blog, I have highlighted some of the challenges students face when coming to university, and explain how Wrexham helped me through these issues, before and whilst I have been studying here.
I know from personal experience that it can be exceedingly difficult to move away from home, and there are many things you will have to adjust to and do outside of your comfort zone when you go to university.
What really helped me along the way was how Wrexham provided support services to assist in my acclimatising to this new environment. This support has continued throughout my time at Wrexham, and I have found that reaching out for counselling, mentorship, and workshops has really enhanced my university experience.
The learning aspect of university can be somewhat mysterious as you might have expectations about what being a student is going to be like that won’t necessarily gel with reality. I found this to be true, as it was quite challenging for me to transition from A-levels to university.
A key thing that massively helped was that my lecturers were really supportive and helpful when I let them know I was having some issues. Even though the support from lecturers and support services is there, something to note is that you must be proactive in asking for assistance.
I would also recommend engaging in active participation in class to make the most of your learning. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions!
As I was always focused on my studies throughout college, I never really had to worry about things like much-needed life skills. I had to get used to the everyday typical activities of cooking for myself, getting groceries, and doing laundry. This might seem like a daunting task but, coming from someone that has gone through it, I wouldn’t worry too much about learning new things.
As a start, make sure to read about the essential life skills you’ll learn at Wrexham and some of the support systems available to help you along the way. Remember that it’s not all work and no play. The campus life at Wrexham University is dynamic and offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities and cultural events. Make sure to look into the Students’ Union for more information on the societies and activities you can take part in as you study here.
So far, my experience has exceeded my expectations in every way. I deeply appreciate how my lecturers have provided me with ample resources and encouragement to feel confident with my work. The staff at Wrexham take the time to get to know their students and make the lectures entertaining and fun. They also recognise that each one of their students is unique, and by inviting a range of guest speakers, they enable the students to broaden their horizons. One of the best things I did for myself was to apply for the Professional Policing degree here at Wrexham!