Sunday, 17 January 2016

MY UNIVERSITY TESTIMONY


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
 
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

In January of last year I had sent off my UCAS application to study Social Work at university, and come early September I was still waiting for somewhere to accept me. During this time, most second year/sixth form students will have had confirmed offers for their chosen course at university so I was feeling extremely frustrated and anxious at this stage. The universities I had applied for were either full or declined me, it seemed like a never ending process but I remained faithful & persisted in finding a place. Being rejected was not a huge issue to me because I knew it only took one place for an acceptance offer. 
I was being told that I either did not have the relevant experience or knowledge/attributes to become a social worker. Was I disappointed with my responses? Certainly, but I was not about to give up my search. My intention from the beginning was to stay in London for my studies for several reasons.
 However, the only places that were now considering me at this were outside of London, and that is where the search for a social work degree ended.

One of my favourite subjects has always been English, but never did I consider studying it at degree level until I had been declined from several universities for social work. For years I believed it was pointless for people to study subject courses and non-vocational because really, “what jobs are available with those types of degrees?” Is what I would ask myself. Furthermore, I believed that studying my passion in university would cause me to lose interest in writing and English as a whole. However, after watching online and speaking to English Literature students about the course and reading up on what it would entail, I took the next step and decided to apply.
 Reading up on it made me think about how much I take pleasure in writing to express myself and as an art form. 

Reading and writing has always been something I enjoy doing so I figured I may as well study a subject I truly enjoy and feel passionately about. My heart was set on one university and that is the only one I applied for. At first I was slightly apprehensive but I did it. I applied for English Literature and I woke up two days later to an email confirming my place to study English Literature at my desired university choice! Only by God’s grace! 
I am grateful to be where I am now and all I can say God has been and will always been good and he knows the wonderful plans he has for my life.. And yours!
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